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1930

J. Clarence Karcher and Eugene McDermott founded Geophysical Service to provide for the oil industry's seismic exploration.

1951

Texas Instruments was founded from the growing Geophysical Service.

1954

Texas Instruments designed and manufactured the first transistor radio.

1967

Texas Instruments invented the hand-held calculator (a prototype called "Cal Tech").

1973

Texas Instruments and Intel almost simultaneously invented the microprocessor.

1978

Texas Instruments introduced the first single-chip LPC speech synthesizer.

1979

The world's first 16-bit home computer, the99/4, is "an embarrassing failure."

Today, TI is the largest producer of digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog semiconductors.

When you read the company's website, (TXN)  says their mission is to "change the world, one chip at a time." And they may just be doing that! The company has one of the most diverse product offerings including semi conductors, satellites, personal computers and, of course, calculators.

Texas Instruments History

So how did Texas Instruments get here?  Innovative products like the first transistor radio are just part of the story.

Here are a few standout moments in the company's 85 year history:

1930. J. Clarence Karcher and Eugene McDermott founded Geophysical Service to provide for the oil industry's seismic exploration.

1951. Texas Instruments was founded from the growing Geophysical Service.

1967. Texas Instruments invented the hand-held calculator (a prototype called "Cal Tech").

1979. The world's first 16-bit home computer

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