It does seem official that we will not see Texas Instruments processors to see action in Windows RT tablets, meaning that Texas Instruments’ exit from the smartphone and tablet chip business is official. Their press release today mentioned that Texas Instruments will now “focus its OMAP processors and wireless connectivity solutions on a broader set of embedded applications with long life cycles, instead of its historical focus on the mobile market where large customers are increasingly developing their own custom chips.”

Just what do these changes mean? Approximately 1,700 people thereabouts who have brought home their monthly bread and butter at Texas Instruments will be out of a job soon. I guess with this particular announcement, the only players left in the ARM-based industry who will be creating chips that run on Windows RT would be NVIDIA and Qualcomm. Let us keep our fingers crossed that those who were laid off will be able to find some other kind of job soon in these economically tough times. [Press Release]

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