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Texas Instruments Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation in Europe

Nov 13, 2006

DALLAS (November 13, 2006) -- Texas Instruments (TI) [NYSE: TXN] celebrates the 50th anniversary of the registration of its first business operations in Europe in November 1956. The first subsidiary to be set up was Texas Instruments Ltd, located in Bedford, UK. Today, TI's presence in Europe and the Middle East has grown to include over 30 sites in 19 different countries, including 13 R&D centers, an advanced wafer fabrication site in Freising, Germany, and a worldwide business & competency center in Wireless Communications in Villeneuve-Loubet, France.
"When TI decided to expand to the European market in the 1950's, we believed the region offered huge potential, both in terms of growth opportunities and creative energy," said Rich Templeton, TI CEO. "Europe represents an exciting diversity of cultures and talents, and I'm proud to see how our team there has built on their strengths to become a vital part of TI. Plus, our Europe team's spirit of innovation, developed within the company's business culture of commitment, ethics and integrity will continue to be at the core of our success in the future."
In addition to providing worldwide competency in the development of high-performance analog products, microcontrollers and digital signal processors, TI EMEA has been a strong driver of TI's success in the wireless communications market. Major TI customers in the region today include wireless OEM leaders such as Nokia and Ericsson, as well as major European automotive manufacturers and leading companies in the industrial and consumer arena.
"TI Europe - now TI EMEA - continues to play a critical role in TI's worldwide success," said Jean-Francois Fau, TI EMEA President. "With our unique approach of combining close customer relationships with a continuous desire to understand their needs and enable their success, we have been able to draw out the huge potential of a diverse and highly innovative region. I look forward to an exciting future."

TI’s Major Sites in Europe

In addition to its many sales offices throughout the region, TI has a number of major business, research & development and manufacturing sites in the Europe and Middle East region. These include:

  • An advanced wafer fab in Freising, Germany, focusing on BiCMOS/CMOS wafer production and highly complex components on 200mm wafers using 0.25 micron technology. The site also hosts European Sales, Applications & Marketing activities and is the European business center for High Performance Analog, High Volume Analog & Logic, Microcontrollers, ASIC, Automotive, Broadband Communications and RF Identification. TI has been present in Germany since 1961 and started semiconductor manufacturing there in 1966. TI's unique, high-speed BiCom3 complementary bipolar Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) process was developed in TI Freising as well as TI's highly successful MSP430 family of ultra-low power microcontrollers, which today has a portfolio of more than 60 devices targeted at battery-powered measurement applications such as low-power metering and portable applications. 
  • A worldwide Wireless Communications business & competency center in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, which plays a central role in TI's wireless semiconductor leadership. Thanks to the development of wireless expertise at the Villeneuve-Loubet site, which opened in 1964, and the presence of major OEMs such as Nokia and Ericsson in the Europe region, TI today is the leading manufacturer of Wireless semiconductor solutions with more than 2.2 billion handsets shipped based on TI Wireless technology. 
  • A MOS design center, specialized in combining analog and digital design techniques, and sales and marketing activities for the UK and Nordic countries in Northampton, UK. 
  • In the past ten years TI has also grown its activities in Europe and the Middle East through the acquisitions of ATL Research in Aalborg, (Denmark), Condat in Berlin, (Germany), Butterfly in Ra'anana, Libit in Herzliya (both Israel) and Chipcon in Oslo (Norway).

Market Opportunities

Europe has always been a strong industrial market, and many new opportunities are emerging such as machine vision, 'green' energy and digital power, in addition to traditional application areas like industrial automation, process and control. TI's DSP, microcontroller and analog products are an excellent match for these applications, as well as for new applications such as automotive driver assistance, which uses video, radar, infrared or ultrasound sensing to help prevent accidents. On the video side, TI's high-performance TMS320C6000TM DSPs and DaVinciTM products provide the processing power required by innovative application ideas from young companies in EMEA and by new video surveillance equipment being developed in the region, as the security market continues its growth.

The EMEA region shows considerable promise for the future in the semiconductor industry across the whole spectrum of applications and market segments, fuelled by its dynamic creativity and inherent diversity. Building on its commitment to address fast growing markets and being close to its customers, TI opened new offices in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2005, in Poland in early 2006 and, most recently, in Moscow to strengthen its support to Russian-speaking markets.