UPDATE 3-Texas Instruments upbeat about revenue, chip demand

Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:03pm EDT
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By Noel Randewich

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22 (Reuters) - Texas Instruments Inc gave a third-quarter revenue forecast that was stronger than some analysts expected and said customers seem more confident about placing orders for chips.

Orders picked up in the first half of 2013 and Chief Financial Officer Kevin March told Reuters on Monday that business continues to improve, following weak demand last year due to concerns about the global economy.

Texas Instruments' book to bill ratio, a measure of orders filled, was 1.03 in the second quarter, unchanged from the prior quarter. A ratio of over 1 suggests a chipmaker received more orders than it could fill during a given period.

TI's customers are starting to give the No. 3 U.S. chipmaker a better idea about their future needs.

"Up until this past quarter with these orders it's been for pretty short-term deliveries, so that's a bit of a change in tone and perhaps confidence on the part of our customers," March said.

Texas Instruments is winding down its wireless chip business as competition from Qualcomm Inc and other rivals has hurt profitability. TI is focusing on analog and embedded chips used in products ranging from cars to televisions and which account for the bulk of the company's revenue.

Analog and embedded account for 78 percent of TI's revenue, up 6 percentage points from a year ago, the company said.   Continued...