) or "TI" launched its new software, BLE-Stack 1.3, which can be
used with CC2540 and CC2541 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chips
(SOCs). It is a wireless solution and comes with unique
over-the-air-download (OTA or OAD) capabilities.
TI's Bluetooth Smart allows consumers to download software
updates of Bluetooth-enabled smart products through their
smartphones and tablets. Thus, consumers can download software
updates wirelessly from numerous devices such as smartphones,
tablets or PCs.
The difficulties in getting these upgrades hurt user
experience, which increases the chances of the products becoming
obsolete. However, with TI's OAD feature, consumers can download
updates wirelessly, thereby helping the longevity of the
Currently, smart devices are in great demand among consumers
and are used for multiple purposes other than calling (listening
to music, using maps to move around, using social networking
) and Twitter to chat, and others).
As per a report by IDC, 219.4 million smartphones were shipped
in 2012 where Samsung topped the list with 63.7 million units
shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012 for a 29% market share. Its
76% jump from the year-ago quarter helped it topple
), which shipped 47.8 million units, followed by Huawei,
) and others.
As per a report by IDC, 52.5 million units of tablets were
shipped in 2012, which witnessed a 75.3% jump from the previous
year quarter. Apple led the market followed by Samsung,
) and others.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, TI generated total
revenue of $2.98 billion, down 12.1% sequentially and 12.9% year
over year (slightly better than the mid-point of the recently
narrowed guidance range of $2.89 billion to $3.01 billion). The
Analog business fell 9.4% sequentially and 1.5% year over year.
The sequential decline was attributable to broad-based weakness
across the HVAL, HPA, SVA and power management product lines.
Texas Instruments has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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