History of Innovation
Take a tour through the major events in TI's amazing 75-year history. You can read biographies of our founders and chairmen through the years, as well as learn about key innovations. We hope you enjoy learning about TI's first 75 years.
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Key TI Events

1930
   • John Karcher, Eugene McDermott resign from Amerada Petroleum Corp.
   • Karcher, McDermott leave secure jobs, stake careers on new technology
   • Reflection seismography employs signal processing in search for oil
   • May 16: Firm incorporated as Geophysical Service, informally known as GSI
   • GSI first independent firm specializing in reflection seismograph method
   • Future leaders H. Bates Peacock, Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green join GSI

1938
   • GSI begins effort to separate oil interests from geophysical exploration
   • Dec. 23 - Incorporated in Delaware as Geophysical Service Inc. (GSI)

1939
   • Name changes to Coronado Corporation
   • GSI becomes subsidiary with McDermott as president

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1941
   • Dec. 6 - McDermott, Jonsson, Green and Peacock purchase GSI
   • Stanolind Oil & Gas Co. (later known as Amoco) buys Coronado Corporation

1945
   • Pat Haggerty, future TI president, hired

1946
   • Laboratory & Manufacturing unit formed to focus on electronic equipment

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1951
   • Name changed to Texas Instruments Incorporated; GSI becomes subsidiary
   • McDermott named chairman; Jonsson named president; Green heads GSI unit
   • Patrick Haggerty named executive vice president, director

1952
   • TI enters semiconductor business with purchase of transistor license

1953
   • First public Annual Report issued
   • Oct. 1 – TI lists on NYSE via merger with Intercontinental Rubber Co.
   • Central Research Laboratories (CRL) established
   • To diversify, TI buys Engineering Supply Company, Houston Technical Labs

1955
   • TI introduces first commercial product, the recti/riter recorder
   • Purchase completed of 300-acre Expressway Site
   • TI Limited (UK) incorporated

1957
   • Production begins in Bedford, UK – first non-U.S. semiconductor plant
   • TI enters Italy market with establishment of TI Italia S.p.A.

1958
   • Jonsson named chairman; Haggerty named president
   • Semiconductor (SC) Building dedicated on Dallas Expressway site
   • Jack Kilby invents integrated circuit

1959
   • TI merges with Metals & Controls Corp., based in Attleboro, Mass.
   • Merger adds sites in Holland, France, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Australia

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1960
   • TI France incorporated

1961
   • TI Deutschland incorporated
   • Mark Shepherd, Jr. named executive vice president
   • First Ethics in the Business of TI booklet printed

1962
   • Operations in Brazil established as TI Electronicos de Brasil Limitada
   • TI Mexico incorporated

1963
   • Construction began of assembly and test facility outside Nice, France
   • Nov. 27 - Board approves first stock split, five shares for four

1964
   • TI Canada incorporated
   • Product-Customer Centers (PCCs) number 43 in five divisions

1965
   • Sherman, Tex., site purchased
   • Friesing site purchased in Bavaria, Germany

1966
   • April 29 – Board approves 2-for-1 stock split
   • First mention of “software” in annual report

1967
   • Haggerty named chairman; Shepherd named president
   • Business groups organized: Components, Equipment, Materials & Services

1968
   • TI Japan Limited incorporated
   • TI Singapore (Pte) Limited incorporated

1969
   • TI Taiwan Limited incorporated
   • Kilby awarded National Medal of Science

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1972
   • TI Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. incorporated

1973
   • Operations in Portugal established as TI Equipamento Electronico Lda.
   • April 30 – Board approves 2-for-1 stock split
   • TI Founder Eugene McDermott dies

1974
   • TI Belgium incorporated
   • IDEA program established to fund and test new projects

1975
   • Kilby receives V.K. Zworykin Award, National Academy of Engineering

1976
   • Shepherd named chairman; Fred Bucy named president

1977
   • TI Europe Marketing Division established

1978
   • TI Asia/Pacific Marketing Division established

1979
   • TI Philippines incorporated

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1980
   • TI celebrates 50th anniversary
   • TI Founder Pat Haggerty dies

1981
   • Corporate quality director appointed: start of Total Quality Movement

1982
   • Jack Kilby inducted into National Inventor’s Hall of Fame

1985
   • TI India (Private) Limited incorporated
   • Jerry Junkins named president and CEO

1986
   • Jack Kilby receives IEEE Medal of Honor

1987
   • May 15 – Board approves 3-for-1 stock split
   • Acquisition:
         - Control & Industrial Systems units of Rexnord Automation

1988
   • TI Korea Ltd. incorporated
   • Junkins named chairman, president & CEO
   • TI lists on stock exchanges in London and Switzerland
   • Divestiture
         - 60% interest in GSI

1989
   • Defense Systems & Electronics Group pursues Malcolm Baldrige Award
   • Information Technology Group established to focus on software strategy
   • Joint venture formed with Acer for semiconductor production in Taiwan
   • TI lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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1990
   • TI wins First Taiwan National Quality Award
   • Joint venture formed with Kobe Steel for semiconductor production in Japan
   • Jack Kilby receives National Medal of Technology
   • Divestiture:
         - SC Photomask
   • Advanced wafer fab opened in Avezzano, Italy

1991
   • TI Limited (UK) wins Perkins Award for total quality
   • TI Singapore wins National Quality Control Circle Award
   • Joint venture formed with HP, Canon, Singapore group for SC production
   • R&D Center opened in Tsukuba, Japan
   • Acquisition:
         - James Martin Associates
   • Divestiture:
         - Industrial Controls
         - GSI completed
   • Digital Imaging Venture formed to market digital light processing (DLP)

1992
   • Defense Systems & Electronics Group wins Malcolm Baldrige Award
   • Materials & Controls Group wins Canada’s total quality award
   • TI wins first Portugal National Quality Award
   • Divestiture:
         - UNIX business
         - Minicomputer business
         - Industrial Systems

1993
   • TI wins first Bavarian Quality Award
   • Office of Chairman created with Junkins as chairman, president & CEO
   • Bill Mitchell and Pat Weber named as vice chairmen
   • Jack Kilby wins Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology

1995
   • TI founder Erik Jonsson dies
   • TI goes live on the Web at www.ti.com
   • Divestiture:
         - FPGA product line

1996
   • Worldwide venture capital fund created as TI Ventures
   • Jerry Junkins, president, chairman & CEO, dies
   • Tom Engibous named president & CEO; Jim Adams named chairman
   • Divestiture:
         - Printer business
         - Custom Mfg.
   • Acquisition
         - Tartan, Inc.
         - Silicon Systems, Inc.

1997
   • Texas Governor honors TI-Dallas operations for environmental excellence
   • Divestiture:
         - Defense business
         - Mobile Computing assets
         - Chemical Operations
         - Software business
         - Multipoint Systems
         - Telecommuni-cations Systems
         - Inspection Equipment
         - Bedford Power IC business
         - Mold Mfg. business
         - Texins Credit Union
   • Acquisition:
         - Intersect Technologies
         - Amati Communications
         - GO DSP
         - Oasix & Arisix

1998
   • TI celebrates 40th anniversary of the integrated circuit
   • Engibous named chairman, president & CEO
   • Divestiture:
         - SC Memory business
         - TI share of TI-Acer
         - Sensors & Controls wire products
         - WORKS product
         - Toll tag business
         - Aversa plant
   • Acquisition:
         - Spectron Microsystems
         - Harris logic product line
         - Adaptec storage product group

1999
   • TI China incorporated
   • TI Denmark incorporated
   • TI Israel incorporated
   • Highest profit sharing in the history of the company achieved
   • Floyd Road renamed TI Boulevard; memorial dedicated to Floyd family
   • Divestiture:
         - Sensors & Controls military connectors
         - Sensors & Controls credit union
         - Attleboro lead-frame business
   • Acquisition:
         - Integrated Sensor Solutions for Sensors & Controls
         - Butterfly VLSI
         - Telogy Networks
         - ATL Research A/S
         - Libit Signal Processing
         - Unitrode
         - Power Trends

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2000
   • Jack Kilby awarded Nobel Prize in physics
   • Acquisition:
         - Toccata Technology
         - Alantro Communications
         - Dot Wireless
         - Burr-Brown
         - Design team, Phoenix VLSI
   • Divestiture:
         - Sensors & Controls Materials unit

2001
   • Acquisition:
         - Graychip

2002
   • Acquisition:
         - Ditech echo-cancellation software unit
         - Condat AG
         - Envoy Networks

2003
   • Site of TI's second 300mm wafer fab announced: Richardson, Tex.
   • TI celebrates 50 years on NYSE
   • TI Founder Cecil Green dies
   • Acquisition:
         - Radia Communications

2004
   • Rich Templeton named President and CEO
   • Construction begins on new 300mm wafer fab in Richardson, Tex.

2005
   • Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, dies at age 81

2006
   • Sale of Sensors & Controls business is complete
   • TI opens its first sales office in Moscow

2008
   • TI launches its first Engineer-to-Engineer community at e2e.ti.com
   • TI CEO Rich Templeton assumes chairmanship from Tom Engibous

2009
   • TI completes the acquisition CICLON and Luminary Micro

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2011
   • TI acquires National Semiconductor

2012
   • TI completes strategic journey to become an Analog and Embedded Processing company
   • TI moves stock exchange listing to NASDAQ

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