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Texas Instruments and iRobot form partnership for robotic innovation

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Texas Instruments Incorporated and iRobot Corp. formed a partnership to develop robotic technologies using TI's smart multicore OMAP platform.

The two firms plan to make intelligent and practical robots with iRobot's  expertise in robotics and TI's expertise in applications processors and related technologies.

iRobot has sold more than 7.5 million home robots worldwide.  More than 4,500 combat-proven government and industrial robots have been delivered to military and civil defense forces worldwide, performing thousands of search, reconnaissance and bomb-disposal missions.

TI brings to the partnership applications processor technology captured in the OMAP platform—a system-on-chip that's smaller than a dime. The OMAP platform's smart multicore architecture sends processing tasks to cores and engines that can best do the job using the least amount of power possible. TI complements this computing with several unique features, such as image and video accelerators.