TI Celebrates 20 Years as a Technology Innovator in India
TI’s Extends a History of Innovations with the First Mobile
Phone Ever Built in India
BANGALORE, INDIA (August 8, 2005) – Texas Instruments
Incorporated (TI) [NYSE:TXN] is celebrating a major milestone
in its history in India by marking the 20th anniversary of
its development center in Bangalore. TI’s 20th anniversary
in India complements TI’s celebration of its 75th anniversary
as a company. TI was the first multinational to establish a
software design center in India and has been a significant
contributor in building India’s IT ecosystem. TI’s employees
in India are continuing to deliver technology innovations that
will have a profound and positive effect on bringing affordable
communications and entertainment products to India and the
worldwide market. Examples of these innovations include the
first mobile phone ever built entirely in India, TI’s AR7 DSL
modem on a single chip, digital signal processor (DSP)- based
digital media processors and affordable motor control DSPs.
Several of these innovative products are being designed today
in 65 or 90 nanometer (nm) processes, which are the most advanced
processes in the semiconductor industry and are only being
utilized by a few companies.
TI’s Role in Advancing Cellular Technology in India
At a press event hosted today by the Cellular Operators Association
of India (COAI), TI Chairman Tom Engibous announced the first
cell phone built from concept to design, entirely in India.
Two GSM/GPRS handsets were demonstrated during the press event,
one jointly developed by TI and India manufacturer BPL, and
one developed as a collaboration between TI, Primus and Quasar.
This mobile phone design will serve as a platform for development
of a variety of handsets for different market segments, from
ultra low-cost to mid-range voice- and data-centric handsets.
The first phones based on the TI and BPL cooperation will be
on the market in September 2005, and the Primus/Quasar phones
will be in production later in 2005.
“TI India collaborated with BPL to create the first cell phones
entirely designed and manufactured in India,” Engibous said.
“They target the specific demands of the Indian market and
are built around a TI chipset and reference design. These devices
are a testament to India’s emerging high-tech manufacturing
capabilities, which supplement the design and development expertise
that has developed here over the years.”
Engibous also announced that he made a live phone call from
India to Europe using the company’s new single-chip cell phone
solution, which is based on TI’s DRPTM (Digital RF Processor)
technology, and integrates the digital and analog functionality
necessary for a working cell phone. Engibous made the phone
call on a live cellular network, demonstrating the next step
in TI’s mission to deliver a single-chip cell phone solution
for ultra-low-cost handsets in emerging markets, such as India.
The global team for this cell phone solution involved many
TI development centers across the world including design and
software engineers in Bangalore.
TI India Innovates Beyond Cellular
The first cell phone ever built in India and the single-chip
cell phone solution for low-cost handsets are the latest in
a long list of innovations that have involved teams of engineers
from India. In 1996, TI developed the first DSP designed in
India for automotive and affordable motor control. Other innovations
resulting from global teams which involved engineers from TI
- TI’s AR7 DSL modem on a chip, which was the first product
in the AR7 family of DSL routers that includes the AR7VWi,
a DSL residential gateway platform with integrated Wi-Fi
and VoIP functionality for affordable broadband access and
TI’s TMS320DM642 DSP-based digital media processor for video
over IP, video-on-demand (VOD), multi-channel digital video
recording applications and high-quality video encoding and
These innovative products, along with many others, have resulted
in close to 300 patent applications being filed from engineers
in TI’s Bangalore development center – the most filed from
any technology company in India (source: Dataquest July 2005).
These products provide a range of high-performance and ultra-low
power in a variety of applications such as wireless infrastructure,
wireless handsets, broadband and home networking systems, portable
media players, automotive, embedded control and medical imaging.
TI’s close integration with the Indian high tech community
has also been instrumental in building the IT and VLSI design
ecosystem that is in place today in India. TI has created an
extended network of more than 50 DSP third party developers
who build products based upon the company’s DSP platforms.
These third party products ship around the world and are used
in wireless, broadband, audio, video, control and multimedia
applications. TI’s University program in India impacts 10,000
students a year in more than 400 universities and colleges
“As amazing as the past has been, the TI India family is reaching
for an even more incredible future in India and around the
world. We hope that, together with our customers, TI can equip
residents of India and other booming regions with affordable
wireless handsets, broadband and consumer electronics that
will connect them to the world and narrows the ‘digital divide’
that exists in many emerging markets from India to China to
South America,” said Dr. Biswadip (Bobby) Mitra, Texas Instruments
India (Pvt) Ltd. managing director. “We’re not just making
dreams possible. We’re making them practical. We’ve been doing
that for 75 years around the world, 20 years in India, and
plan on continuing this momentum for the next 20 years and
well into the future.”
|Milestones in TI’s 20 years in India
||TI begins operation in Indiaas the first multinational
to establish a software design center in India and the
first to install and use a satellite dish for exporting
||TI India sets up a design center for mixed signal ICs – an
extension of TI's existing mixed-signal design activities.
TI launches ASIC design through the development of ASIC
CAD libraries for the worldwide market.
||TI begins design of application specific products in
||TI’s design center for hard disk drive DSP cores to support
worldwide customers is opened.
||TI India opens a center for design of 3G wireless chipsets
and a center for developing Wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets.
||TI India starts OMAP competency centers in association
with leading Indian companies to provide application platform
design support to TI's global support customers.
||Business World names TI India as the “Best Company to
Work for in India.”
||TI India opens new seven-acre design facility in Bangalore.
Business World names TI India as the “2nd Best Company
to Work for in India”
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