Texas Instruments announced last month that it is eliminating 1,700 jobs worldwide as it cuts spending in its wireless business. As the company's biggest smartphone and tablet customers have begun developing their own chips, Texas Instruments is shifting the focus to industrial and automotive customers. Yesterday it announced that it will lay off more than 500 people at a research and development plant near Nice, France, in the coming months. The plant was primarily dedicated to developing OPAM microprocessors used in smartphones and tablets.
TI's automotive products include Automotive Central Body Controller, Driver Information / Entertainment which features Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), instrument cluster, infotainment as well as digital radio solutions.
In July 2012, CSR PLC sold its handset connectivity and location operations and the associated technology to Samsung and shifted to voice & music, automotive infotainment, indoors location finding, imaging and Bluetooth smart.
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