Texas Instruments started out as a small oil and gas company (Geophysical Service Inc) in 1930, then focused on defence systems electronics in the late 1940s. In 1951 the company officially become Texas Instruments Incorporated. With the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958, TI entered the semiconductor business. In 1980, TI introduced its first commercial single-chip digital signal processors (DSP) and produced a microprocessor optimised for high-speed digital signal processing. In the 2000's TI have focused on analog and embedded processing technologies, producing semiconductor technologies across a diverse set of applications. In 2011, TI acquired National Semiconductor. Today TI are a Fortune 500 company with nearly 100,000 products and more than 40,000 patents.
TI is a major player in the NFC and RFID marketplace. Their portfolio includes:
- Transceiver devices
- Static transponders
- Dynamic transponders