TII started with the establishment of an R&D center in Bangalore in 1985, the first global technology company to set up such a center in the country. It has emerged as the company’s biggest R&D center outside the United States. TII has approximately 1,500 employees in India. Today, with 11 sales and applications support offices in nine cities, TI has the largest presence across the country of any semiconductor company. With close proximity to its customers in India and a wide portfolio of more than 60,000 devices , TI is able to innovate with them to develop electronic products for the Indian and global markets.
Many of TI’s strategic businesses are integral parts of TI India. TI’s Bangalore facility has design centers for Mixed-Signal integrated circuits (ICs), Digital Signal Processing (DSP) cores for applications in hard disk drives, Application Specific Products (ASP), and Wireless and Wireless LAN chipsets. An OMAP Competency Center has also been set up in TI India to provide application platform design support to TI’s global application processor customers.
Innovation has been a hallmark of the company since its founding in the U.S. and throughout 27 years of operating in India. Through March 2012, engineers from TI India have filed over 800 patents in the US, a testimony to the rich talent and skill sets of these employees. While semiconductor R&D is expected to become even more complex in the coming years as the deployment of electronics in various vertical segments increases, the depth and breadth of TI’s talent base in India equip the company to meet the challenges ahead.
National Association for Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM), recognized TI among eight Top Innovating companies in India in 2008 and 2011, with NASSCOM’s Social Innovation Award 2011 recognizing TI India’s deployment of a new solar LED lantern that is bringing light for the first time to rural villages throughout the country.
Kilby Labs India
In December 2010, TI set up Kilby Labs in Bangalore as the research program’s first international expansion outside the U.S. The Kilby Labs, named in honor of Jack Kilby, a TI engineer who invented the first integrated circuit in 1958, are focused on innovation in energy efficiency, bio-electronics and life sciences.
As the newest addition to TI’s R&D model, Kilby Labs bring together some of TI’s brightest minds to focus on breakthrough ideas. TI’s unique model in Kilby Labs spurs cross-team collaboration and gives engineers the time, space and resources to explore their ideas and invent completely new solutions to challenging problems.
From Kilby's invention of the microchip, throughout its history, TI has fueled its growth in creating new markets through breakthrough innovations. Kilby Labs in India builds upon this principle - betting on the inventive minds and creating products that open up radically new opportunities for TI.
The TI India Foundation (TIIF), a voluntary organization of TI India employees, is active in environmental, education and other community activities. TIIF was recognized with a TI Founders Community Service Award this year, as were three TI employees who were named for their citizenship efforts.
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