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TXN's New Evaluation Kit

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Texas Instruments (TXN), or "TI,” launched a high speed data converter system evaluation kit, HSDC-SEK-10, which is priced at $799.

TI’s new high-speed data converter kit comes with a pattern capture card, pattern generator card, low-jitter clock, 10-MHz signal source and multi-output power supply. This kit can be used in test and measurement, communications, defense and medical equipment. The evaluation kit can be useful in industrial, energy, medical, consumer, telecom and communication, and defense sectors where accurate and reliable results are vital.

Data converters have had issues such as lower voltage, lower power and signal swings, which make them prone to noise, grounding and decoupling.

HSDC-SEK-10 provides quick evaluation and is a complete solution for powering, clocking and evaluating data, with fast pattern-generating capabilities and low evaluation cost. Thus, these features may put TI’s high-speed data converter system ahead of its competitor’s offerings.

However, Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) and Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) also offer high speed data converter systems. The success of HSDC-SEK-10 may put TI ahead of its other competitors and help it grow its market share.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, TI generated total revenue of $2.98 billion, down 12.1% sequentially and 12.9% year over year (slightly better than the mid-point of the recently narrowed guidance range of $2.89 billion to $3.01 billion). The Analog business fell 9.4% sequentially and 1.5% year over year. The sequential decline was attributable to broad-based weakness across the HVAL, HPA, SVA and power management product lines.

Texas Instruments has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Another semiconductor stock, Linear Technology Corp. (LLTC) has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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