Though rumors had surfaced that Amazon—which uses OMAP in its Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets—was in discussions to acquire the division, Strauss said the motivation for any vendor to buy OMAP just wasn't there.
"What could TI offer that others don't have? OMAP is just one of several solutions for applications processsors. There are other alternatives," Strauss said. Though he added that OMAP had a bigger slice of the market than competitors in smartphones and tablets.
TI did not provide a specific breakdown of the job cuts. The company said it expects the cuts to save the company about $450 million per year, beginning at the end of 2013. The company said it expects to take charges as the result of the cuts of about $325 million in the fourth quarter.
"These job reductions are something we do with a heavy heart because they impact people we care deeply about," said Greg Delagi, senior vice president of embedded processing at TI, in a statement. Delagi said TI would provide the affected employees with a range of assistance related to compensation, benefits and job search."
Delagi also reiterated that TI has a great opportunity to reshape its OMAP processor and wireless connectivity product lines to concentrate on embedded markets. "Momentum is already building with new embedded applications and a broad set of customers, and we are accelerating our efforts in these areas," he said.
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