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Nick Trompert

Nick Trompert is a Sr. Manager. He is responsible for connecting with the best engineering and information technology talent and resources in the world. He is one of the founders of Talent 101 and joined full time after college.
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Strong Growth for Cirrus Logic

Posted on May 4, 2015 by Nick Trompert

Cirrus Logic’s fourth quarter and full-year report surpassed analyst expectations. However, the Texas-based maker of audio components is looking to expand on its already impressive portfolio as well as acquire more clients.

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NXP and Freescale Semiconductor to Merge

Posted on March 6, 2015 by Nick Trompert

NXP Semiconductor will buy out Freescale Semiconductor in a deal that’s reportedly worth $11.8 billion. According to Freescale CEO Gregg Lowe’s letter to employees, “As the transaction is subject to stockholder and regulatory approvals, the merger will likely not close until the second half of 2015.” 

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Texas Instruments introduces its newest graphing calculator

Posted on February 5, 2015 by Nick Trompert

In the mid 80’s, Casio released the first commercially available graphing calculator. Three decades later, the dominant player in this niche market isn’t Casio, but Texas Instruments (TI). TI didn’t begin producing its own graphing calculator until the early 90’s, but since then it has never let off the pedal.

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Silicon Labs Announces TVs That Cost Less and Use Less Power

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Nick Trompert

When it comes to advances in the electronics industry, less is often more. Silicon Labs has introduced its sixth generation TV tuner IC, a package that has been honed for five generations to provide the world’s smallest electronic footprint while using parts that cost less. All this, while also providing the high linearity and sensitivity that makes for a superior viewing experience for customers. 

Their Si2151 and Si2141 tuners are targeted specifically at the Chinese market, where sales of ultra-HD TVs are expected to grow from 1.3 million in 2013 to 23 million by 2017. They're not just the ones buying these TVs though; China is also forecasted to manufacture over half of them.  

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Austin's Freescale Semiconductor Makes Cars More Connected

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Nick Trompert

Our phones keep getting smarter, and the companies making our cars are working to catch up. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, continue to gain traction in the automotive world. These systems are behind some of the features already familiar to buyers of newer and high-end cars: built-in GPS and traffic warning systems. They're set to get even more sophisticated in years to come.

Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor has worked with the ALPS Electronic Co. over the past two years to develop a line of Smart Application Rapid Engineering (SABRE) i.MX 6 processors. As mobile technologies become more prevalent, so does the demand for cars that are compatible with them. With that trend in mind, Freescale and ALPS are confident that most next-gen smartcars will feature products from their SABRE line.

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Are You On Top Of The Next Trend In Microtechnology: Wearables?

Posted on September 5, 2014 by Nick Trompert

Wearable technology has been little by little finding its way into the lives and pocketbooks of consumers for several years now. Sales of wearable smartbands – just one small sector of the larger industry – are set to grow by 350% in 2014. 

Recognizing a lucrative opportunity for growth, Texas Instruments (TI) is making moves to get in on the game. They just announced that they'll be expanding their microcontroller portfolio with the release of new ultra-low-power MSP430FR69x FRAM microcontrollers. 

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An Introduction to AMD's Performance Mobile APUs

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Nick Trompert

The best semiconductor professionals know how important it is to be on top of what's happening in the industry. For you to be the best at what you do, you want to be aware of the work your colleagues are performing as well.

With that in mind, we'll be helping to cover company news and product updates for businesses making a splash in the semiconductor industry, starting today with AMD's new performance mobile Accelerated Processing Units (APU).

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How LinkedIn Groups Can Help You Boost Your Semiconductor Career

Posted on May 5, 2014 by Nick Trompert

LinkedIn is no longer a tool for the savviest of job seekers. A LinkedIn presence has become a basic necessity for anyone with career aspirations. While there was a time when simply having a LinkedIn profile could help set an ambitious person apart from the competition, now it's important to take some extra steps to get a professional leg up using LinkedIn.

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A Bright Future for Texas Instruments

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nick Trompert

Recently, the demand for chips that convert analog signals to digital ones has increased mainly because of the wide use of cellular networks. Texas Instruments is considered one of the largest producers of analog semiconductors and it is benefiting from the increased demand of cellular networks. Due to such rise in demands, it is predicted that Texas Instruments will perform better than its performance in the first quarter.

Analysts have predicted that Texas Instruments will observe earnings per share of around 50 cents and total revenue of $3 billion. These estimates can be understated since the increased demand for cellular networks and the chips have not been accounted for. On the other hand, some analysts have stated that it is possible that the company might meet these predictions and give an even better performance. It has been said that Texas Instruments will be able to get earnings per share of more than 60 cents while the revenue should be around $3.5 billion. If these figures are really met, then it would prove that Texas Instruments has taken full advantage of being in a booming market.

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TI's BeagleBone Black

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Nick Trompert

(Image via T.I.)

The BeagleBone Black has been one of the popular low-cost ARM development boards coming out of Texas Instruments in recent months for budget-minded hobbyists due to its $45 price-tag, being Linux friendly, and support for powering off a USB cable. The BeagleBone Black launched in Q2'2013 with the AM335x.

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