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Innovation

Results | Looking ahead

Innovation is critical to TI’s long-term success. Our continued investments in university research, industry collaborations, and internal research and development activities are helping push technology into new areas. Our focus on analog and embedded-processing growth helps customers create innovative applications that will make the world more efficient, connected, safer and fun.

Throughout 2013, TI continued to support university research and collaborate with a number of organizations, including the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s (SRC) Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), which focuses on future electronic device development. During the year, NRI members initiated a five-year phase of university research. TI, in collaboration with the SRC NRI, developed a new graphene deposition process that will accelerate the use of graphene-based technologies. Graphene is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, and is considered an enabling material for certain semiconductor devices.

Additionally, TI continued its involvement and funding of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) along with our partners, SRC’s Global Research Collaboration and the University of Texas (UT) System. Research funded through TxACE is already making its way into products, including automotive radar for advanced driver-assistance systems, battery management for health and fitness, and low-power transceivers for wireless communication.

We also expanded how we innovate inside the company by inaugurating a TI India Engineering Lab in Bangalore that offers multiple types of nonproduction testing, engineering samples testing, characterization, validation and prototyping, and integrated circuit analysis. The lab also features a separate room for customers to develop new designs with TI engineers or conduct product demonstrations.

Elsewhere in India, we opened the Center of Excellence for Embedded Product Development at the Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology. The center promotes the design of embedded devices using TI chips, as well as educational solutions for teaching embedded systems to students. It also is open to teachers from other engineering colleges.

Results

  • Recognized for the second consecutive year as a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator. The program honors corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation.
  • Invested 12.5 percent of revenues ($1.5 billion) in R&D that will result in breakthrough or incremental innovation to help manage energy, ensure safety and security, drive medical advances, enable cloud computing, and improve technology-based entertainment experiences.
  • Gave $12.2 million through the SRC to fund university research. The SRC connects more than 150 TI scientists and engineers to more than 200 university research projects around the globe.
  • Sponsored about $9.8 million worth of basic and applied research conducted by select universities. Select TI engineers sponsor projects to advance technology in areas that can be applied to future product development. Additionally, a portion of this funding is applied toward world-class university research consortiums, providing TI access to a broader range of student research projects that can expedite innovation as well as select fellowships.
  • Funded eight biomedical electronics projects focused on personal health monitoring, and participated in eight more biomedical research projects through the SRC. TI contributed another $150,000 (of $600,000 total) to finance a biomedical electronics program along with UT Dallas, UT Arlington, the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Texas Health Resources, a health system in North Texas.
  • Attracted 32 of some of the brightest graduate students to intern at various TI innovation labs.

Looking ahead

In 2014, TI will open the Kilby Labs Innovation Studio in Dallas. This interactive demonstration space will give customers, students and university researchers hands-on experience with technologies that are shaping the future of electronics.

We also plan to continue:

  • Investing at least 12 percent of revenues in R&D that will result in breakthrough and incremental innovation to help manage energy, ensure safety and security, drive medical advances, enable cloud computing, and improve technology-based entertainment experiences.
  • Contributing an additional $12.9 million through the SRC to fund university research.
  • Funding the TxACE along with our partners, SRC’s Global Research Collaboration and the UT System.
  • Contributing more than $9 million to sponsor basic and applied research conducted by universities.
  • Participating in the SRC’s NRI to drive future electronic device development, as well as the SRC/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network, a collaborative network of university research centers searching to find paths around the fundamental physical limits that threaten the long-term growth of the microelectronics industry.
  • Funding additional biomedical electronics projects.

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