Intel buys Texas Instruments’ cable modem business

16 Aug 2010

Chip giant Intel is acquiring Texas Instruments’ cable modem business for an undisclosed sum, it emerged today. The move enhances Intel’s position in the global telecoms business.

Intel says that its expertise in building advanced system-on-chip (SoC) products based on its Atom processors will feature highly in the future direction.

Specifically, Intel plans to combine Texas Instruments’ best-of-breed Puma product lines with the data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) standard technology and Intel SoCs to deliver advanced set-top box, residential gateway and modem products for the cable industry.

The objective is to provide cable OEMs with an open and powerful platform for delivering innovative and differentiated products to service providers that improve the video, voice and data content experience at home.

“Adding the talents of the Texas Instruments’ cable team to Intel’s efforts to bring its advanced technology to consumer electronics makes for a compelling combination,” said Bob Ferreira, general manager, Cable Segment, Intel’s Digital Home Group.

“Intel is focused on delivering SoCs that provide the foundation for consumer electronics devices such as set-top boxes, digital TVs, Blu-ray disc players, companion boxes and related devices.

“This acquisition specifically strengthens Intel’s product offerings for the continuum of cable gateway products and reinforces Intel’s continued commitment to the cable industry,” Ferreira said.

All employees of Texas Instruments’ cable modem team received offers to join Intel at sites in their home countries, primarily Israel, and will become part of Intel’s Digital Home Group.

Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The agreement is subject to regulatory review and customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years