Texas Instruments cutting 1,700 wireless unit jobs

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 7:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. says it will eliminate about 1,700 jobs as it trims spending in its wireless business.

The cuts will reduce Texas Instruments' staff positions by almost 5 percent.

Texas Instruments expects the job cuts and other changes will save about $450 million per year by the end of 2013. The Dallas company expects to take $325 million in one-time charges connected to the moves. Most will come in the current quarter.

Texas Instruments is shifting the focus of its wireless investments to industrial and automotive customers and away from smartphones and tablets. It says the changes require fewer resources and less spending.

The company had 34,759 employees at the end of 2011.

Texas Instruments shares rose 26 cents to $29.02 in after-hours trading.

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