Texas Instruments ( TXN ) or "TI" recently expanded its radio frequency (RF) product portfolio by launching the SimpleLink Sub-1 GHz CC1200 transceiver.
The new transceiver has data speeds of up to 1Mbps and offers 1 GHz wireless connectivity for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Home Area Networks (HAN), which are found in smart grid, home and building automation and alarm and security system applications.
TI's CC1200 transceiver is highly effective for large sensor networks. It can also handle long range communication and offers superior co-existence in noisy RF environments. TI's new transceiver also reduces system power consumption.
The transceiver is also compatible with other TI products such as CC1190 power amplifier, MSP430F5438A microcontrollers (MCU) and other LoWPAN solutions.
TI's increasing focus on new products should generate good returns. The company's diverse portfolio targeting different emerging market segments such as smart grid, factory automation, high-voltage power, LED lighting and control are also positives for its future revenue growth.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, TI generated total revenue of $2.89 billion, which was down 3.2% sequentially and 7.6% year over year (toward the higher end of the narrowed guidance range of $2.80 billion to $2.91 billion). The Analog business fell 1.3% sequentially and 2.3% year over year. TI attributed the year-over-year decline primarily to SVA, which continues to shift to a consignment model. HVAL and HPA also declined but were offset by an increase in the power management product line.
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