TI blamed the disappointing progress on lower demand for its wireless products, a category that includes chips for managing radio signals but also the high-profile OMAP line of mobile processors.
Digging deeper into the shortfall, OMAP turns out to be the biggest contributor to this weakness. TI saw a bunch of new OMAP-based smartphones and tablets introduced in the fourth quarter, and many of these simply didn't catch on with consumers the way they were supposed to. In the more politically correct words of TI spokesman Ron Slaymaker, TI's customers "are now rationalizing both their expectations for ongoing demand, as well as the associated inventory."
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That may be part of the problem, but it isn't the whole story. The Kindle Fire is a tablet; Slaymaker said that the OMAP weakness applied to the smartphone segment about equally. The most important OMAP-powered smartphones launched late in 2011 were the Droid Bionic and Droid RAZR -- a pair of Motorola Mobility
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