Texas Instruments

The first logo created for Texas Instruments. TI has used essentially the same logo ever since, although the lines of the ragged Texas coastline were smoothed out in later revisions of the design. It is affectionately known as the "TI bug" by employees. Photo © Texas Instruments

Overview:

 

Texas Instruments (TI) is an American semi-conductor components innovator and manufacturer based in Dallas, Texas. TI introduced the first commercial silicon transistor in 1954 and has grown to be one of the largest semiconductor manufactures in the world.

 

Company History:

 

The history of TI begins with Geophysical Service Incorporated (GSI), which was formed in 1930 to bring a new technology, reflection seismography, to the petroleum industry.

In 1951, Texas Instruments was formed with GSI as a wholly owned subsidiary of TI. A year later, TI entered the semiconductor business after purchasing the license to produce the transistor from the Western Electric Company. TI quickly began to diversify following the introduction of the transistor with the purchase of several local engineering and technical companies, and expanding their facilities in the U.S. and abroad.

Focused on innovation, TI has developed several major technologies that have shaped modern electronics. Some of the more notable innovations developed at TI include:

  • Transistor Radio - 1954
  • Integrated Circuit - 1958
  • Standard TTL Logic Microchips - 1960s
  • Handheld Calculator - 1967
  • Microprocessor - 1971
  • LPC Speech Synthesizer Microchip - 1978
  • Introduced single-chip Digital Signal Processor - 1980s
  • Digital Light Processing - 1987
  • Application Processor for Multi-Media Cell Phones - 1990s
  • Lowest Power DC-DC Converter, Fastest Analog to Digital Converter - 2000s
  • 300mm Analog Wafer Fabrication - 2010s

 

Products

With nearly 45,000 products across the analog, embedded processing, wireless, DLP and educational technology spaces, TI components can be found in nearly every type of product from consumer electronics and automobiles to medical devices and spacecraft.

TI's products cover the following categories:

  • ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits)
  • Amplifiers & Linear
  • Audio
  • Automotive
  • Broadband RF/IF & Digital Radio
  • Clocks & Timers
  • Data Converters
  • Die/Wafer Solutions
  • DLP & MEMS
  • High-Reliability
  • Interface
  • Logic
  • OMAP Mobile Processors
  • Power Management
  • Processors
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Microcontrollers (MCU)
  • Space Products
  • Standard Linear
  • Storage Products Group
  • Switches & Multiplexers
  • Temperature Sensors & Control ICs
  • Wireless Connectivity

Culture

TI has built its success on designing, developing, and delivering innovative new technology to market and the engineering spirit that created those innovative technologies is engrained within their culture. Part of that spirit includes a drive and willingness to invest heavily in research and development with TI reinvesting over 10% of their revenues--$1.7 billion in 2011--in to research and development of new technology. As TI invests in new technology, they also invest in developing their people. Professional development, mentoring programs, and access to large knowledge resources are part of the framework at TI to encourage personal knowledge and professional skills development. TI's employee benefits packages reflect their commitment to their employees and the value placed in technical skills.

Testimonials on the culture, work environment, and challenges of working at TI provide a unique look inside TI and how it embraces engineering.

Benefits and Compensation

Most TI employees have base salaries which are very competitive with the local market. Beyond the base salary, TI includes an extensive benefits plan that offers profit-sharing, matched 401K contributions, an employee stock purchase plan, medical, dental, vision, and eye-care discount programs, a dozen wellness programs, several tax-advantaged savings accounts, life insurance, flexible paid time off, events, recognition, community outreach, and over a dozen perks which vary by facility to help maintain a work-life balance.

In addition, TI offers several professional benefits to develop your skills further and provide you with opportunities for professional growth.

Careers

In the United States, TI has facilities in 32 states including California, Florida, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, New York, and Texas, to name just a few. They currently have hundreds of openings in Engineering, IT, Operations, Marketing, and support functions. Some of the current openings at TI:

  • Current job postings in Engineering include openings for Embedded Software Engineers fluent with C programming and having good skills with software engineering tools. There are several positions for Product Engineers and Design Engineers with experience designing PCBs and analyzing the performance of systems.
  • The marketing department of TI is actively looking for several Product Marketing Engineers, Internet Marketing Associates, and Field Application Engineers.
  • TI actively recruits college students for their co-op educational programs, with a special website dedicated to their Intern/Co-op program.
  • Recent college graduates are targeted for recruitment through a web portal offering direct hire opportunities as a global rotation program offering world-wide experience.
  • TI has facilities worldwide. While most of the above information focuses on the U.S. facilities, half of TI's workforce is outside of the U.S. and they currently have over 300 positions available internationally in countries including China, India, Germany, Taiwan, UK, Philippines, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Malaysia.