DALLAS, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a scheduled update to its business outlook for the fourth quarter of 2006, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) today revised its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS). The company's expectations for revenue are: * Total revenue between $3.35 billion and $3.50 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.46 billion to $3.75 billion; * Semiconductor revenue between $3.28 billion and $3.42 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.39 billion to $3.66 billion; and * Educational & Productivity Solutions revenue between $70 million and $80 million, compared with the prior range of $70 million to $90 million. TI expects EPS from continuing operations between $0.37 and $0.40, compared with the previous range of $0.40 to $0.46. The company will hold a conference call at 4 p.m. CST today to discuss this update. This conference call will be available live at http://www.ti.com . TI's original fourth-quarter outlook was published in the company's third-quarter 2006 earnings release on October 23, available at http://www.ti.com . TI's fourth quarter ends on December 31. "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as TI or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "foresees," "forecasts," "estimates" or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements in this release that describe the Company's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. We urge you to carefully consider the following important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations of the Company or its management: * Market demand for semiconductors, particularly for analog chips and digital signal processors in key markets such as communications, entertainment electronics and computing; * TI's ability to maintain or improve profit margins, including its ability to utilize its manufacturing facilities at sufficient levels to cover its fixed operating costs, in an intensely competitive and cyclical industry; * TI's ability to develop, manufacture and market innovative products in a rapidly changing technological environment; * TI's ability to compete in products and prices in an intensely competitive industry; * TI's ability to maintain and enforce a strong intellectual property portfolio and obtain needed licenses from third parties; * Expiration of license agreements between TI and its patent licensees, and market conditions reducing royalty payments to TI; * Economic, social and political conditions in the countries in which TI, its customers or its suppliers operate, including security risks, health conditions, possible disruptions in transportation networks and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; * Natural events such as severe weather and earthquakes in the locations in which TI, its customers or its suppliers operate; * Availability and cost of raw materials, utilities and critical manufacturing equipment; * Changes in the tax rate applicable to TI as the result of changes in tax law, the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed, the outcome of tax audits and the ability to realize deferred tax assets; * Losses or curtailments of purchases from key customers and the timing and amount of distributor and other customer inventory adjustments; * Customer demand that differs from company forecasts; * The financial impact of inadequate or excess TI inventories to meet demand that differs from projections; * Product liability or warranty claims, or recalls by TI customers for a product containing a TI part; * TI's ability to recruit and retain skilled personnel; and * Timely implementation of new manufacturing technologies, installation of manufacturing equipment and the ability to obtain needed third- party foundry and assembly/test subcontract services. For a more detailed discussion of these factors, see the text under the heading "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of the Company's most recent Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of publication, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the Educational & Productivity Solutions business. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at http://www.ti.com .
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