) or "TI" recently upgraded its Sitara AM335x industrial software
development kit (SDK) by adding the Ethernet/IP protocol to the
EtherCAT and PROFIBUS protocols. The addition of supporting
protocols on a device equipped with an on-chip PRU simplifies
industrial automation and makes it affordable for original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The new protocol provides modifications for various industrial
applications. Addition of the new protocol will make the
management of production schedules easier, reduce operating costs
and also better integrate other business-based functions. The
addition of Ethernet/IP to the Profibus and Ethercat protocols
will enable quicker and easier access to production-ready
software, thus significantly cutting down on the time to market
of their industrial automation designs, including PLCs and
input-output devices like sensors and drives.
Texas Instruments, Inc. is a global semiconductor company and one
of the world's leading designers and suppliers of digital signal
processors and analog integrated circuits, the engines driving
the digitization of electronics.
In the second quarter of fiscal 2013, TI generated total revenue
of $3.05 billion, which was up 5.6% sequentially but down 8.6%
year over year and at the mid-point of the narrowed guidance
range of $2.99 billion to $3.11 billion.
Currently, Texas Instruments has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Investors
may also consider other stocks such as
) with a Zacks Rank # 1 (Strong Buy),
Microchip Technology Inc
), both with Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy).
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