NEW YORK (AP) _ The stock of Texas Instruments Inc. fell Wednesday after the chip-maker narrowed its forecast for third-quarter earnings.

Texas Instruments said it expects third-quarter earnings of 20 cents to 22 cents a share, below its July estimate of 19 cents to 23 cents a share.

In narrowing its earnings forecast to the center, not the top, of previous expectations, the Dallas-based company disappointed analysts and investors who had expected a more robust forecast after Intel Corp. last week reported strong sales.

In morning trading, the shares were down $1.49, or 5.9 percent, at $23.83 on the New York Stock Exchange.

The earnings estimate includes a contribution of 13 cents a share from the company's previously announced sale of 24.7 million shares of Micron Technology Inc., as well as a charge of about $23 million for the company's acquisition of Radia Communications Inc., which was completed July 30.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call were expecting third-quarter earnings, excluding items, of 9 cents a share.

Texas Instruments also forecast third-quarter revenue of $2.39 billion to $2.49 billion, compared with its previous forecast of $2.29 billion to $2.49 billion.

Analysts were calling for third-quarter revenue of $2.4 billion.

The company, which has 2002 revenue of $8.38 billion and is one of the world's largest makers of computer chips, attributed the stronger revenue forecast to improved semiconductor sales.

Total revenue from semiconductors is now pegged at $1.99 billion to $2.07 billion, up from its previous range of $1.89 billion to $2.05 billion.