I am just curious to see if TI could get a foothold in the alternative embedded markets with OMAP. Maybe they could optimise OMAP for power by getting rid off some high level and power hungry features and scale it down to address new application areas. With the processing horsepower of OMAP, there will be applications in defense, radar, detectors etc.
I am just surprised to see how easily the OMAP legacy (and a brilliant labour force) can be thrown away like that.
Texas Instruments has announced that it is shifting its R&D away from OMAP processors to focus on embedded products more effectively. TI is unable to keep up with the competition where giants like Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple have established their dominance.
This move means that 1700 people will lose their jobs at TI for saving the company about $450M per annum.
I can see that OMAP does not have a chance in the smart phone and the tablet markets but how about other areas in the embedded market. Maybe optimising OMAP to suit alternative markets would have been a better strategy than ditching it altogether. It is a good combination of ARM and DSP after all.
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