TI, iRobot Announce Tech Partnership

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Greg Galitzine

TI, iRobot Announce Tech Partnership

Texas Instruments and iRobot Corp. announced a partnership today, whereby the latter will develop robotic technologies atop the former’s smart multicore OMAP platform.

According to an official press release hailing the news, OMAP is a:

…high-performing, ultra-power-efficient system-on-chip (SOC) that’s smaller than a dime… and …the platform’s smart multicore architecture sends processing tasks to cores and engines that can best do the job using the least amount of power possible.

Texas Instruments provides several advanced features on the platform, such as sophisticated image and video accelerators.

Last week TI updated its business outlook for the first quarter of 2012, narrowing and lowering its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS). The company pointed to lower demand for Wireless products as the reason.

According to TI, they currently expect financial results to be within the following ranges:

Revenue: $2.99 – 3.11 billion compared with the prior range of $3.02 – 3.28 billion

EPS: $0.15 – 0.19 compared with the prior range of $0.16 – 0.24.

iRobot has delivered over 4,500 combat proven robots to military and civil defense forces worldwide. The company has also sold over 7.5 million home robots including the popular Roomba and Scooba models.

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