Sep 25 AT 9:52 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Texas Instruments to exit OMAP from smartphones and tablets?


Today Texas Instruments announced it would “shift its wireless investment focus from products like smartphones to a broader market including industrial clients like carmakers,” a move that sent their shares down 3 percent. TI said they would continue to support their current customers, but they will notĀ invest in supporting its customers future roadmap for tablets and smartphones to the same degree as before.

“TI made it very clear they no longer want to be in the business of providing application processors for smartphones or tablets,” said Longbow Research analyst JoAnne Feeney. “What remains uncertain is for how long they’ll support customers.”

This move likely means we will not be seeing Android devices based on TI’s upcoming OMAP5. This dual-core Cortex-A15 chip was slated to launch early next year, but we don’t see many manufacturers going forward with the platform if TI will not support it long term.

OMAP4 was featured in some pretty high profile devices like the Motorola Droid, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, but TI was facing increased competition from many larger companies. Executives from TI said they were looking for a more stable line of business, and the mobile application processor business is very hits driven. If OMAP5 was having trouble racking up design wins, it could have accelerated TI’s decision to focus on other investments.

We are all for competition among the mobile semiconductor companies, so we will be sad to see TI moving on. At least we still have Qualcomm, Samsung, NVIDIA and now Intel to keep things exciting.

Source: Reuters

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  • ZzX44

    Keep calm, all we need is Exynos 5. =D

    • kazahani

      Yeah what ever happened to the 5250 model chip? There was a rumor that it was going to be used in the GSIII, which came out months ago, and it seems like it’s fallen off the radar since then. Taylor? Any juicy tidbits?

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      • ionorov

        Wow, didn’t know it was that bad. Thanks for the heads-up.

        Now we know why it takes so long for any updates to come to the world-wide GSM versions. Still waiting for official ICS on my wifi tab 7.7 :(

        Probably not buying Samsung again. Sigh

  • jamal adam

    This was totally unexpected. I was excited about the OMAP 5 and what it would bring to the smartphone and tablet tables. This is sad news.

  • MJM128

    This seems like a really stupid move. Why exactly are they doing this? o.O

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Apple designs their own chips
      Samsung designs their own chips
      Motorola is teaming up with Intel
      Nvidia has HTC and all the PC OEMs

  • oddball

    It’s too bad that TI has decided to leave but we have many other options out there right now and more will come I’m sure

  • Paul

    Sad but I guess I saw it coming. You had Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung and TI all making processors for Android phones, there’s only so many devices to go around. Well their shares dropped 3% so you can see the investors were a bit concerned. I don’t think they should pull out of the race completely but diverting some resources into other markets may not be a bad idea.

  • Paul

    I think I heard rumours that Broadcom was tired of just radio’s and such and was looking at making some ARM processors for high end Android phones.

  • 4n1m4l

    My 2010 Lincoln had an omap in it. The same omap as my droid1. I’ll miss them

  • Ardrid

    Somewhat surprising, and disappointing to here. The OMAP line was extremely solid and competitive. Quite a few ppl were looking forward to seeing how the OMAP5 panned out. Here’s hoping someone steps in to fill the void (looking at you, Intel) to keep Samsung and Qualcomm on their toes.

  • Nathan D.

    Well I didn’t see this coming, that to bad I was hoping to at least get to see the OMAP in action before this happen.

  • MoSDeeb

    This was a surprise to wake up to. I hope we can get the full details as to why this decision was made.

  • Nate B.

    This isn’t really surprising. When it comes to performance lately all you hear about was Samsung, Apple, Tegra, and others. But you never really heard of OMAP. In the early days of Android you did but not as of lately. They honestly slipped away from the comp. I wish them luck in what they move to next but it’s not a surprise.

  • orangestrat

    Motorola used OMAP’s hardware security to lock their boot loaders. I won’t miss the feeling of my heart sinking when I read “OMAP” on a spec sheet.

    • MAt

      It’s motorola’s fault, not OMAP
      galaxy nexus also uses OMAP

    • MAt

      OMAP audio quality is the best, I will miss TI on my android phone..

  • Currator

    Just throwing this out there just a guess maybe apple bought full production from them for future ipod iphone ipad so they can kick samscum to the curve. Just a possibility apple designs there stuff just need someone to make it.