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"National has been lost for quite some time _ they didn't appear to have critical share in any market of consequence," he said. "TI is not without its own set of problems, but they can more than survive. But the issue they're facing longer-term is they're being squeezed out of the handset in the post-PC environment."
Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Collins Stewart, said he expects the deal will clear antitrust scrutiny because despite consolidation in the analog chip market, "the market is pretty brutal" and pricing is aggressive.