Two of the oldest names in the electronics industry have announced they’re getting together. Texas Instruments is buying National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion. That's a pretty hefty 77% premium over the company's $3.4 billion market cap. The deal is about infrastructure as much as it is about technology, sources say.
There's nothing sexy about single-core computing anymore, even if developers have yet to really fully embrace multi-core processors. We're already up to six-core processors on the consumer desktop, so why are we still stuck at single-core chips in the mainstream mobile market?
We won't be, not for long. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Texas Instruments is prepping its OMAP 4440 processor for a release in the second half of this year. This is a dual-core part clocked at 1.5GHz, which TI says is fast enough to handle 3D video in 1080p and support for 3D photos from 12MP cameras.
All indications point towards this being a powerful chip, at least compared to the current crop of mobile processors, including those 1GHz Snapdragon and Hummingbird parts. And of course TI isn't the only one working on dual-core chips. As the year goes on, look for both tablets and high-end smartphones to sport multi-core processors.