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April 4, 2011 AT 7:42 pm

WHOA! TI is buying NATIONAL!

National Semiconductor Logo

Wow, this is exciting (spam) that was interesting!

Dear valued customer,

I am excited to let you know that TI has signed a definitive agreement
to purchase National Semiconductor, uniting two industry leaders that
have a common commitment to solving your analog needs. I want to
reinforce TI’s commitment to you, our customer, as we merge our two
companies.

This acquisition will allow us to address your analog needs with a
product portfolio of unmatched breadth and depth. National’s 12,000
products plus TI’s 30,000 means more performance, power and packaging
options when selecting the right ICs for your application. And we’ll
provide a common set of best-in-class online tools to make the selection
and design process easier.

Our combined sales and applications team of 2,500 will be larger than
any in the industry so we can provide more customers with greater
face-to-face support than ever before.

Our manufacturing operations will offer more capacity to support your
growth. TI’s fabs and National’s available capacity can enable higher
production levels.

While both companies will operate independently pending the close, our
goal thereafter is to make the integration process as seamless as
possible. No requalification of products will be necessary since
National’s manufacturing sites will continue to be utilized. Part
numbers from both companies will remain the same. There will be no
obsolescence of products.

I’m excited about what the integration of our two companies will mean
for you: an unmatched portfolio to meet your analog needs, an extensive
sales and applications network to ease the design process, and
manufacturing capacity to support your growth.

You can learn more about the acquisition at www.ti.com/acquire
including answers to frequently asked questions and video messages from
TI leaders regarding the acquisition.

Thank you for choosing TI. I look forward to a great future together.

Best regards,

Rich Templeton
Chairman, President and CEO
Texas Instruments


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3 Comments

  1. Two years ago, there was a story about how there were massive layoffs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area from National. I guess that didn’t go so well. This seems like a decent choice for T.I., because both of their bases of operations are only about 30 miles from each other.

  2. National is currently removing all SPI/I2C functionality from their peripheral chips, so as to be more in line with the norm. The norm being “make the customer waste as many processor cycles as possible talking to our devices.”

    🙂

  3. Got this email last night too and called up all of my friends. If LM stuff is going to be on sale, I am going to have a field day! I recently applied to several positions at TI in the Dallas/FW area. It looks like they may not want to be hiring for a while which is not fun because I am moving in June….

    Seriously, anyone have any recommendations? I would love to start my own business, but lack the capital to do so in this economy.

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