Texas Instruments Increases Chip Production To Fill Supply Gap, Chipmaker Texas Instruments MD

A surge in demand for semiconductors in fields such as automotive, computing and communications has resulted in a severe shortage of these products globally. Chipmaker Texas Instruments (TI) is working to close the global supply gap by increasing production capacity and strengthening distribution channels, according to Santosh Kumar, President and CEO, TI India. Extracts:

TI would rapidly increase its production capacities. Any plans for a wafer factory in India?

Strengthening our production capacities is part of our capacity planning for the future. We continue to expand our production lines globally and our recent acquisition of Lehi fab [in Utah, from Micron], is expected to strengthen our competitive advantage in manufacturing and technology.

From a more strategic perspective, the Lehi facility focuses on 65nm (nanometer) and 45nm production for our analog and on-board processing products. India is a key R&D center for TI, and we continue to increase our investment in construction products there.

We will leverage the strength of our talents here for local and global markets as we continue to add new product lines.

How are you responding to the growing demand for semiconductor / chip shortages in the global market?

The Lehi factory arrived at the TI stable as the fourth 300mm insert manufacturing unit. This investment is a significant asset and will help us accelerate the manufacturing of advanced semiconductor processors. A few months ago, we also introduced new shopping features on TI.com for our customers in India to facilitate a localized, faster and convenient shopping experience.

These include payment options through online banking, credit cards, and a local currency credit purchase options line to make it as easy as possible to obtain genuine IT products.

The chip industry is consolidating rapidly; will you opt for a more aggressive and acquisitive posture?

TI is growing steadily every year and we are recording strong results with increasing market share. We remain focused on investing in our people, R&D and manufacturing.

We continue to strengthen our presence in industry and automotive, driving innovation and creating products that customers want.

What is TI’s contribution to making electronics more affordable through semiconductors?

TI is the market leader in power electronics. We are working on a complete set of products for the electric and hybrid-electric automotive markets, including power electronics for engines, real-time control units and various sensors. The market adoption of electric vehicles during this decade has certainly prompted more technological innovations to be available at the right prices.

In addition to a strong presence in the ADAS (advanced driving assistance systems) market, we have several positions in the automotive markets where the content of semiconductors is constantly increasing.

Rapid advancements are also being made in the medical signal chain, and we offer competitive products for markets such as computed tomography, x-rays and ultrasound. Communication markets are accelerating with 5G + technology and we are contributing to the signal chain and RF technologies.

What makes analog more and more relevant today?

Quite simply, all real world signals are analog and need to be processed. We need to condition and process these signal chains for humans or machines, which means there will always be a need for analog signal processing. That said, TI does a lot of work in the digital space as well, and for thousands of our products we need analog, digital and software skills.

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