History of innovation

Over the last 85 years, we have re-engineered ourselves many times. Although today we are a global technology company, our spirit of innovation has been at the heart of who we are for decades, dating back to our founders and their vision for TI at its inception in 1930.


Geophysical Service Inc., a small oil and gas company, opens in 1930. The founders’ entrepreneurial spirit, vision and innovation laid a solid foundation for today’s Texas Instruments.


We begin applying signal processing technologies to submarine detection, then radar, leading us to create an electronics equipment lab and manufacturing unit in 1946.


We officially become Texas Instruments Incorporated, entering the semiconductor industry by inventing the silicon transistor in 1954. In 1958, TIer Jack Kilby invents the integrated circuit, revolutionizing the semi- conductor industry and paving the way for all modern electronics.


We develop the first electronic hand-held calculator (Cal Tech) in 1967 while also focusing our efforts on developing faster, smaller and more powerful TI chips. The Apollo Lunar Exploration Module containing TI components lands on the moon during this decade.


Transforming appliances, consumer electronics and industrial equipment, we introduce the first single-chip microcontroller (MCU) combining all the elements of computing onto one piece of silicon. TI engineers also invent a single-chip speech synthesizer, debuting in the TI Speak & Spell.


In 1980, TI introduces its first commercial single-chip digital signal processors (DSP) and produces a microprocessor optimized for high-speed digital signal processing. Five years later, TI invents the digital micromirror device (also known as the DLP ® chip), which serves as the foundation for award-winning DLP technology (Emmy® 1998) and DLP Cinema® (Academy® Plaque 2009).

Larry Hornbeck, inventor of the Digital Micromirror Device, known as the DLP chip.


TI takes embedded processing to the next level with the creation of the MSP430™ MCU – a family of MCUs designed for their low cost and power efficiency - and introduces the first applications processor designed specifically for mobile phones (OMAP). TI also takes a leadership position in the graphic calculator industry with the TI-81 in 1990 and the introduction of the TI-83 Plus with FLASH™–ROM memory in 1999.


TI expands its focus on analog and embedded processing technologies, producing semiconductor technologies across a diverse set of applications. We launch the first family of single-chip digital cellphone solutions (LoCosto) in 2007, making cellphone technology more affordable and adding features to make phones smarter. Kilby Labs Dallas also opens in 2009, fueling innovation at TI and creating an environment for our engineers to rapidly explore breakthrough and emerging technologies.


TI acquires National Semiconductor in 2011, laying the groundwork for next-generation signal-processing technology.

We develop groundbreaking innovations across the company, including the industry’s first micro power boost charger for energy harvesting applications (the bq25504) and TI Education Technology’s first graphing calculator with full color, backlit displays (TI-NSpire CX (Cas) ) in 2011, the first Bluetooth low-energy kit with six sensors for fast mobile app development (the SimpleLink™ Bluetooth® low-energy SensorTag kit ) and DLP® evaluation module allowing developers to utilize DLP technology in industrial and medical markets in 2012 and the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC1000) in 2013.


We’re a global Fortune 500 technology company with more than 30,000 employees, nearly 100,000 products and more than 40,000 patents to our name.

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