Cheap phones to affect TI earnings

Chip-maker Texas Instruments is the latest firm to suffer ramifications from the growth of inexpensive mobile phones. The company, which announces its first-quarter earnings later today, is expected to report a drop in net income as its handset-maker customers turn to TI competitors for cheaper cell phone chipsets.

Analysts expect TI's net income to fall 14 percent and sales to fall to $3.149 billion from $3.334 billion, according a poll of 40 analysts by Thomson Financial. However, the company is expected to rebound with its own low-cost chipsets that offer more capabilities for a lower price point.

For more on TI's quarterly earnings:
- see this Forbes article