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Texas Instruments cutting 500 jobs in India

Posted: 23 Nov 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile chip  job cuts  OMAP  wireless  embedded 

First global technology company to establish its presence in India, Texas Instruments, is reportedly cutting over 500 jobs in India as part of its global cuts. In India, the company has close to 1,800 employees.

Last week, the semiconductor firm announced its plans to lay off about 1,700 employees globally in an effort to shift focus away from its struggling mobile chip business.

"We are unsure of the number, but there are nearly 500-700 people working in the mobile chip division here," a source on condition of anonymity told The New Indian Express, adding that all of them could go since they work on mobiles.

"However, employees are yet to receive the official "relieving letter" but there were clear indications about the possible layoffs," reports Express.

When contacted by EE Times India, K S Narahari, director – communications, Texas Instruments India, said this news will impact some of TI's population in India. He, however, refused to comment on the actual number of possible job cuts.

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Narahari stated, "I would like to emphasise that India remains an important design and development site for TI with employees supporting nearly all embedded processing and analogue technologies. While this news will impact some of TI's population in India, there will be opportunities for some employees to get re-deployed to other growth areas."

"This decision is consistent with TI's previously outlined intentions to focus its OMAP processors and wireless connectivity solutions on a broader set of embedded applications with long life cycles, instead of its historical focus on the mobile market where large customers are increasingly developing their own custom chips."

TI India commenced operations in Bangalore in 1985, becoming the first multinational to set up an R&D facility in India. TI India is now the largest R&D operation outside the United States.

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