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Texas Instruments Courts Windows RT Partners as Toshiba Wavers

Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Texas Instruments Inc. said it’s in talks with electronics manufacturers other than Toshiba Corp. that can help it land processors in computers running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows RT operating system.

The Dallas-based chipmaker needs new potential partners after Toshiba canceled plans to make two machines that run Windows RT. The Japanese company said it may reconsider the decision in the future.

The new operating system represents a push by Microsoft to encourage electronics makers to develop handheld devices that might erode Apple Inc.’s dominance of the market with its iPad tablet.

“Toshiba’s decision by no means signals the end of the road for TI’s work on Windows RT, or the focus on the mobile computing market,” said Melissa Haddad, a spokeswoman for Texas Instruments. “We have a long view on successes in Windows RT, and continue to be excited about our work there.”

Texas Instruments also will keep working with Toshiba on possible Windows RT devices, Haddad said. The company is in talks with “other customers” about Windows RT devices, she said. She declined to identify the other companies or give details on why Toshiba abandoned its plans to make a tablet and laptop computer based on Texas Instruments’ OMAP processor.

Microsoft on Aug. 13 said Dell Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Lenovo Group Ltd. and Asustek Computer Inc. will make computers and tablets using Windows RT, which will be released on Oct. 26. The new operating system works on chips based on ARM Holdings Plc technology.

Toshiba said it will concentrate on the alternative Windows 8 software that works on Intel Corp. technology and had stopped work on RT devices because unspecified components weren’t going to be ready in time.

“For confidentiality reasons we cannot reveal which component was delayed,” Jared Leavitt, a U.S.-based spokesman for Tokyo-based Toshiba, said yesterday.

Mark Martin, a spokesman for Microsoft, declined to comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian King in San Francisco at ianking@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net

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