Hopefully TI will do better this time than with their Luminar Micro aquisition a couple years ago. I had to flush their Tempest class Cortex M3 core after suffering for 18 months with buggy silicon. I am going to steer away from any TI or NSC devices for the next couple years until the dust settles. Once burned - twice shy...
I can recall when the National Semiconductor Corp. was on top of the world. This is no surprise. It should be a good investment for Texas Instruments Inc. The National Semiconductor Corp. planets have not been profitable over the last few years. Therefore, this is a good move for both parties.
Trying hard to feel like this is just Ford buying Chevy, and not like it is the Cowboys buying the 49ers... but either way, the electronics biz just got a little less colorful and interesting. I'll leave the business details to the experts to sort out.
Good catch eewiz, but this blunder makes me think, what adqusition could help TI have a better CCS IDE, with better ease of use (graphical engines, ... etc) and depth to realize improved system level solutions.
Software is another frontier that TI may explore... just a thought.
@VincePG: I hear you, the Valley is increasingly devoid of Silicon. And more than 90% of the "Web Valley"ers don't know what they are doing and can't really code. If you take away the widgets in an IDE (integ dev environment), they can't code any thing! I was at Product Camp last weekend (@eBay this time) and chatted up a conversation with one of the "Web Valley"ers, mentioned bubble sort and got blank stares!
Does the acquisition mean Bob Pease can finally retire?! :-)