(Reuters) - Texas Instruments is eliminating 1,700 jobs, as it winds down its wireless business to focus on chips for more profitable markets like cars and home appliances.
Texas Instruments said in September it would halt costly investments in the increasingly competitive smartphone and tablet chip business, leading Wall Street to speculate that part of the company's processor unit, called OMAP, could be sold.
The layoffs are equivalent to nearly 5 percent of the Austin, Texas-based company's global workforce.
"A sale would have been better than a restructuring but a restructuring is certainly better than nothing," Sanford Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon said.
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