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The following is an excerpt from a S-4 SEC Filing, filed by TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC on 10/21/1999.
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC - S-4 - 19991021 - BUSINESS

BUSINESS OF TEXAS INSTRUMENTS

SEMICONDUCTOR

Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor company and the world's leading designer and supplier of digital signal processors and analog integrated circuits, the engines driving the digitization of electronics. These two types of semiconductor products work together in digital electronic devices such as digital cellular phones. Analog technology converts analog signals like sound, light, temperature and pressure into the digital language of zeros and ones, which can then be processed in real-time by a digital signal processor. Analog integrated circuits also translate digital signals back to analog. Digital signal processors and analog integrated circuits enable a wide range of new products and features for Texas Instruments' more than 30,000 customers in commercial, industrial and consumer markets.

Texas Instruments also is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of other semiconductor products. Those products include standard logic, application-specific integrated circuits, reduced instruction-set computing microprocessors, and microcontrollers.

The semiconductor business comprised 80% of Texas Instruments' 1998 revenues when the divested memory business is excluded. Texas Instruments' semiconductor products are used in a diverse range of electronic systems, including digital cell phones, computers, printers, hard disk drives, modems, networking equipment, digital cameras and video recorders, motor controls, autos, and home appliances. Products are sold primarily to original-equipment manufacturers and through distributors. Texas Instruments' semiconductor patent portfolio has been established as an ongoing contributor to semiconductor revenues. Revenues generated from sales to Texas Instruments' top three semiconductor customers accounted for approximately 24% of total semiconductor revenues in 1998.

The semiconductor business is intensely competitive, subject to rapid technological change and pricing pressures, and requires high rates of investment. Texas Instruments is the leading supplier of digital signal processors and analog integrated circuits, yet faces strong competition in all of its semiconductor product lines. The rapid pace of change and technological breakthroughs constantly create new opportunities for existing competitors and start-ups, which can quickly render existing technologies less valuable.

In digital signal processors, Texas Instruments competes with a growing number of large and small companies, both U.S.-based and international. New product development capabilities, applications support, software knowledge and advanced technology are the primary competitive factors in this business.

The market for analog integrated circuits is highly fragmented. Texas Instruments competes with many large and small companies, both U.S.-based and international. Primary competitive factors in this business are the availability of innovative designs and designers, a broad range of process technologies and applications support and, particularly in the standard products area, price.

DEMAND FOR DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSORS/ANALOG INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

Texas Instruments has undertaken a business strategy that focuses on developing and marketing digital signal processors and analog integrated circuits. Texas Instruments has divested certain of its businesses and acquired others and invested its resources with the view of furthering its focus on these products. While Texas Instruments believes that focusing its efforts on digital signal processors and analog integrated circuits offers the best opportunity for Texas Instruments to achieve its strategic goals and that Texas Instruments has developed, and will continue to develop, a wide range of innovative and technologically advanced products, the results of Texas Instruments' operations may be adversely affected in the future if the demand for digital signal processors and analog integrated circuits decreases or this market grows at a pace significantly less than that projected by management.

ACQUISITIONS AND DIVESTITURES

From time to time Texas Instruments considers acquisitions and divestitures that may strengthen its business portfolio. Texas Instruments may effect one or more of these transactions at such time or times as

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it determines to be appropriate. In 1998, as Texas Instruments narrowed its focus to digital signal processors and analog integrated circuits, it acquired technology companies that brought unique expertise to these core product areas. In the first quarter, Texas Instruments acquired GO DSP Corporation, a developer of software development tools for digital signal processors; Spectron Microsystems, a developer of real-time operating software for use in digital signal processing applications; and Oasix and Arisix corporations, both digital integrated circuit design centers for hard disk drive products. In the fourth quarter, Texas Instruments acquired certain assets of Adaptec, Inc., a developer of hardware and software for the high-end hard disk drive market, a market that increasingly will use digital signal processors in addition to analog integrated circuits.

In addition, in 1998, Texas Instruments divested its dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) semiconductor operation. The business was sold in the third quarter to Micron Technology, Inc., and included Texas Instruments' wholly owned manufacturing facilities in Avezzano, Italy, and Richardson, Texas, its joint-venture interests in Japan and Singapore, and an assembly and test operation in Singapore.

OTHER TEXAS INSTRUMENTS BUSINESSES

In addition to semiconductors, Texas Instruments has two other principal segments. The largest, representing 12% of Texas Instruments' 1998 revenues when the memory business is excluded, is Materials & Controls (M&C). This business sells electrical and electronic controls, electronic connectors, sensors, radio-frequency identification systems and clad metals into commercial and industrial markets. Typically the top supplier in targeted product areas, M&C faces strong multinational and regional competitors. The primary competitive factors in this business are product reliability, manufacturing costs, and engineering expertise. The products of this business are sold directly to original-equipment manufacturers and through distributors. Revenues generated from sales to Texas Instruments' top three M&C customers accounted for approximately 15% of total M&C revenues in 1998.

Educational & Productivity Solutions (E&PS) represents 6% of Texas Instruments' 1998 revenues when the memory business is excluded, and is a leading supplier of educational and graphing calculators. This business sells primarily through retailers and to schools through instructional dealers. Texas Instruments' principal competitors in this business are several Japanese companies. Technology expertise, price and infrastructure for education and market understanding are primary competitive factors in this business. Revenues generated from sales to Texas Instruments' top three E&PS customers accounted for approximately 26% of total E&PS revenues in 1998.

In addition, Texas Instruments continues to invest in digital imaging, an emerging business that produces micro-mirror-based devices that enable revolutionary brightness and clarity in large-screen video displays. The primary sales route is directly to original-equipment manufacturers. Texas Instruments faces competition in this business primarily from a competing technology known as liquid crystal displays from Asian manufacturers. Primary competitive factors in this business are price, brightness and performance of the display, and in some applications, size and weight.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Texas Instruments is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments' largest geographic markets are in the United States, Asia, Japan and Europe. Texas Instruments has been in operation since 1930.

The financial information with respect to Texas Instruments' business segments and operations outside the United States, which is contained in the note to the financial statements captioned "Business Segment and Geographic Area Data" in the notes to Texas Instruments' consolidated financial statements on pages F-24 through F-26 of this proxy statement/prospectus.

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BACKLOG

The dollar amount of backlog of orders believed by Texas Instruments to be firm was $1,233 million as of December 31, 1998 and $1,623 million as of December 31, 1997. Texas Instruments' backlog does not represent actual revenues and is only an indication of future revenues which may be entered on the books of account of Texas Instruments. Backlog orders are, under certain circumstances, subject to cancellation by the purchaser without penalty and do not reflect any potential adjustments for price decreases.

RAW MATERIALS

Texas Instruments purchases materials, parts and supplies from a number of suppliers. The materials, parts and supplies essential to Texas Instruments' business are generally available at present and Texas Instruments believes at this time that such materials, parts and supplies will be available in the foreseeable future.

PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS

Texas Instruments owns many patents in the United States and other countries in fields relating to its business. Texas Instruments has developed a strong, broad-based patent portfolio. Texas Instruments also has several agreements with other companies involving license rights and anticipates that other licenses may be negotiated in the future. Texas Instruments does not consider its business materially dependent upon any one patent or patent license, although taken as a whole, the rights of Texas Instruments and the products made and sold under patents and patent licenses are important to Texas Instruments' business.

Texas Instruments owns trademarks that are used in the conduct of its business. These trademarks are valuable assets, the most important of which are "Texas Instruments" and Texas Instruments' corporate monogram.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Texas Instruments' research and development expense was $1,206 million in 1998, compared with $1,536 million in 1997 and $1,181 million in 1996. Included is a charge for the value of in-process research and development of $25 million in 1998 as a result of two business acquisitions; $461 million in 1997 as a result of the acquisition of Amati Communications Corporation; and $192 million in 1996 as a result of the acquisition of Silicon Systems, Inc.

SEASONALITY

Texas Instruments' revenues and operating results are subject to some seasonal variation.

EMPLOYEES

As of June 30, 1999, Texas Instruments had approximately 35,000 employees.

PROPERTIES

Texas Instruments' principal executive offices are located at 8505 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas. Texas Instruments owns and leases plants in the United States and 11 other countries for manufacturing and related purposes. The following table indicates the general location of Texas Instruments' principal plants

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and the business segments which make major use of them. Except as otherwise indicated, the principal plants are owned by Texas Instruments.

                                                                              MATERIALS
                                                              SEMICONDUCTOR   & CONTROLS   E&PS
                                                              -------------   ----------   ----
Dallas, Texas(1)............................................        X           X           X
Houston, Texas..............................................        X
Sherman, Texas(1)(2)........................................        X
Santa Cruz, California......................................        X
Attleboro, Massachusetts....................................        X           X
Freising, Germany...........................................        X           X
Baguio, Philippines(3)......................................        X
Hiji, Japan.................................................        X
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia(4)...................................        X           X
Miho, Japan.................................................        X
Taipei, Taiwan..............................................        X
Aguascalientes, Mexico......................................        X           X


(1) Certain plants or portions thereof in Dallas and Sherman are leased to Raytheon Company or Raytheon-related entities in connection with the sale in 1997 of Texas Instruments' defense systems and electronics business.
(2) Leased.
(3) Owned on leased land.
(4) Approximately half of this site is owned on leased land; the remainder is leased.

Texas Instruments' facilities in the United States contained approximately 17,700,000 square feet as of December 31, 1998, of which approximately 3,300,000 square feet were leased. Texas Instruments' facilities outside the United States contained approximately 5,600,000 square feet as of December 31, 1998, of which approximately 1,300,000 square feet were leased.

Texas Instruments believes that its existing properties are in good condition and suitable for the manufacture of its products. At the end of 1998, Texas Instruments utilized substantially all of the space in its facilities.

Leases covering Texas Instruments' leased facilities expire at varying dates generally within the next 10 years. Texas Instruments anticipates no difficulty in either retaining occupancy through lease renewals, month-to-month occupancy or purchases of leased facilities, or replacing the leased facilities with equivalent facilities.

INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Texas Instruments' restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws provide for the indemnification of directors and officers in the event they become parties to legal proceedings arising in connection with their positions with Texas Instruments. The SEC has expressed its position that the indemnification of directors, officers and controlling person against liabilities arising under the Securities Act is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.

All of the current directors and executive officers of Texas Instruments will be the directors and executive officers of Texas Instruments following the merger. For information regarding these directors and executive officers and executive compensation, see "Management of Texas Instruments."

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