Friends call it TI. One of the most important companies ever:
Texas Instruments invented the microchip in 1958-59 (along with
), they (along with their arch-competitor,
) were among the pioneers of electronic
calculators. In 1976, TI created the first single-chip 16-bit
processor (the TMS-9900 — no, it wasn't
68000) among a lot of other integrated circuits. They
made immense contributions to the Home Computer Boom of the late
seventies and early eighties with one of the most loved home micros
). And then... they let it all die and were one of the
first companies to start the collapse of the Golden Age of home
computing. Still, a big classic company if there ever was one.
Their computers relied heavily on the company's own chips (of course),
though you'll find them on lots of other architectures, like the MSX.