Texas Instruments (TI), a major RFID manufacturer, has announced a reorganization of its RFID business. Though the changes will result in job losses and some changes in the focus of TI’s RFID efforts, the company offered assurances that it is not abandoning the RFID market, according to a report in RFID Journal.
The restructuring centers around the reunification of two divisions created in 2006. At that time, TI sold its Sensors and Controls group to Bain Capital, but retained the RFID business which had been a part of the group. RFID operations were split into two units; a stand-alone group focusing on livestock and asset tracking, along with other RFID solutions, was created, while a division which sold RFID products to the automotive industry was folded into TI’s Advanced Embedded Control group.
Now both RFID units will become a part of the Advanced Embedded Control group. The operations will be based in Freising, Germany, and an unspecified number of jobs will be eliminated from a Texas facility.
In addition, TI will end research and development work for potential government ID applications. This area of research is being dropped due to economic factors, and because TI has no active customer base for these applications.
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