The company produces the TouchID fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S and has reportedly secured the contract for Apple's next handset.
Apple was the top buyer of semiconductors in 2011, according to a new study by Gartner. The move bumps Hewlett-Packard off the top of the list and sends Apple ahead of rival Samsung.
3M and IBM hope to roll out 3D chip adhesives in 2013. Get ready for processors with stacks of 100 chips.
The company spent $17.5 billion on semiconductors last year, a leap of nearly 80 percent from 2009, says IHS iSuppli. Yes, it does have something to do with all those iPhones and iPads.
Demand for chips in smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and other gadgets helped propel revenues for the semiconductor industry to $282 billion last year, according to data from IDC.
This post initially misstated how TI would grow as a result of the acquisition. Buying National Semi would make the combined companies' sales force will 10 times larger.
Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor boards of directors have already approved the all-cash deal, which makes TI's sales force "10 times larger."
With higher inventories and slower demand for some consumer electronics, the research firm now expects semiconductor industry sales to rise 32 percent, down from its prior forecast of 35.1 percent.
Semiconductor sales will likely drop around 11 percent this year to $226 billion, but 2010 will see a projected 13 percent gain to $255 billion, says Gartner.
National Semiconductor expands its energy efficient power efforts with acquisition of Act Solar. The company's tools will be folded into National Semi's SolarMagic tech.