Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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History of innovation

Few companies can match the record of innovations from the inventive minds at TI. These advances include world-changing technology such as the first commercial silicon transistors, the first integrated circuits and the first electronic handheld calculator.

1954 Entered the semiconductor market by introducing the first commercial silicon transistor.
1958 Invented the world's first monolithic integrated circuit, which ultimately changed the way the world communicates.
1967 Created the first electronic handheld calculator.
1977 Introduced the "Speak and Spell," a popular toy that helped young people learn to read and spell.
1980s Launched digital signal processing technology, which is used in audio and digital processing, video compression, speech processing and recognition, among other applications.
1990s Invented DLP® technology, the imaging technology used in leading business, education and home projectors; digital cinema projectors; and emerging products such as pico projection.
1992 Unveiled the TI-81, the first advanced graphing calculator designed for use in algebra and precalculus courses.
2008 Opened Kilby Labs, a research center dedicated to inventing technologies several generations ahead of today's business.
2009 Opened the Solar Energy Systems Lab and LED Lab to develop breakthrough innovations and expand TI's portfolio of solutions in these areas.
2010 Opened Kilby Labs India to foster innovations in energy efficiency, bioelectronics and life sciences in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
2011 Fully staffed our Motor Lab to drive new motor technology development. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s electricity is used by motors.
2012 Opened additional R&D centers in California and China, and expanded Kilby Labs to drive incremental improvements across our product portfolio, as well as breakthrough technologies.