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Community Spotlight: TI in Freising, Germany
Students experience technology first hand at TI Girls' Day in Freising, Germany.

More than 50 years ago, TI expanded to the European market because company leaders believed the region offered huge potential, both in terms of growth opportunities and creative energy.

Today, TI's presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has grown to include more than 35 sites in 21 different countries. TI employees throughout the region make contributions of strategic importance to the company, including those at an advanced wafer fabrication plant in Freising, Germany, which manufactures semiconductor devices and provides research, development and worldwide support.

TI's history in Freising
Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH was established in 1961 with five company representatives. With only 20 employees in 1966, the company began producing diodes in Kepserstrasse in Freising, a city chosen because of its proximity to Munich and talented local labor supply.

TI designed and built a modern semiconductor manufacturing plant at Haggertystrasse, a street named after one of TI's founders and subsequent president, Patrick Eugene Haggerty. The Freising facilities were extended several times in the following decades, supporting the region's transition from an agricultural to a technological center in Germany.

TI opened its consumer products business in Freising in 1971 with the creation of the first commercial pocket calculator, the "Datamath." In 1976, the foundation was laid in Germany for a leading-edge wafer fab. The site currently employs roughly 1,400 people of more than 40 nationalities and is a major local employer in the region.

Girls from Freising and Landshut got to learn more about careers in technology during "Girls' Day."

Technology leader
TI's Freising site not only produces highly complex components; it's also TI's European business center for several different product groups as well as sales and marketing.

TI currently holds over 38,000 patents worldwide, including many innovations developed in TI Freising. One of TI's unique process technologies was invented there, as well as the company's highly successful MSP430 family of ultra-low power microcontrollers. This chip family today includes more than 60 devices targeted at battery-powered measurement applications, such as low-power metering and portable applications.

Community leader
Contributing to the community has always been a priority for TI Freising. The site participates in a variety of educational programs from sponsoring kindergartens to working closely with technical universities, such as those of Munich and Landshut.

Annually, TI invites students to visit the Freising site during Germany's annual nationwide "Girls' Day," an effort to get young women interested in math and science careers. Last year, employees from Freising's Environmental Safety & Health team gave the girls a tour of the site and introduced them to employees who spoke about their work experiences and careers. The girls also had a chance to work in a lab, soldering a contactor and resistors onto a board for a gadget that displayed lights.

TI Freising also offers employees an opportunity to sponsor a child from a local orphanage and provide them the gifts on their Christmas wish list. Each year, more than 150 employees participate in this event.

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