TI buy Luminary for microcontrollers

Texas Instruments has bought microcontroller startup Luminary Micro, adding a line of 32bit MCUs based on the ARM Cortex-M3 line-up to its offering.

“Combining Luminary Micro’s design experience in Cortex-M3 processors with TI's expertise in ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs and high-performance C2000 real-time controllers now gives TI customers one MCU source for almost any application – all complemented by the industry’s most expansive embedded processing and analogue portfolios,” claimed Brian Crutcher, vice president of TI’s advanced embedded control business.

“Today’s announcement is great news for our customers,” said Jim Reinhart, general manager and former Luminary Micro CEO. “Moving forward, our customers not only benefit from the award-winning Stellaris family, but also enjoy the technology and manufacturing strength of TI, an experienced analogue and embedded processing leader with a global footprint.”

Jim Reinhart will lead TI’s catalog ARM MCU business and roadmap as part of TI’s embedded control business. The Cortex-M3 microcontroller business will continue to operate from its site in Austin, Texas, which will be known as TI AEC Austin.

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