Texas Instruments May Sell OMAP Division

SemiAccurate reports that Texas Instruments is currently trying to sell off its high-end ARM-based OMAP (Open Multimedia Application Platform) division.

So far the company hasn't announced anything official, but the reason behind the possible sale is merely to get out while it's still riding high as one of the few key players in the mobile sector, potentially raking in some serious cash. Although still slated as rumor, the possible sale will likely happen once its OMAP 5 SoC is out the door, one of the first SoCs based on ARM's A15 design and reportedly "semi-officially" endorsed for Google's next generation of gadgets.

According to the report, various companies are big players in the possible purchase including Intel, AMD, ATIC, Nvidia, and "a long list of other interested parties." Intel is obviously the unlikely candidate given that it's producing its own x86-based SoC for the mobile sector. AMD likely doesn't want OMAP technology either, but SemiAccurate seems to suggest that ATIC (Advanced Technology Investment Company) would be a prime candidate.

Why ATIC? One suggestion is that ATIC would provide its new OMAP division not only with cutting edge processing technology, but a huge financial backing. Global Foundries could even license OMAP-based IP to external parties like Nvidia and other licensees. And as SemiAcurate points out, ATIC buying OMAP "has a lot of synergies, and would only tangentially involve AMD too."

But as previously stated, this is all merely rumor – Texas Instruments hasn't said anything official at this point. SemiAccurate, despite its name, feels confident that the news isn't mere rumor, but that the sale process is well under way. That said, would this be an ideal time for Texas Instruments to sell off its OMAP division given that it has enough chips sold to be considered as a major player in the sector? Wouldn't this be the ideal time to ride out the tablet wave?

Only time will tell. We expect to hear more about this specific rumor in the near future.

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  • NatureTM
    TI is really a good semiconductor company, so it'd probably be a valuable purchase. But isn't ARM just a set of standards? I'd think a company like Intel or AMD wouldn't have much trouble designing an ARM CPU themselves. Might be a more valuable purchase for some other semiconductor company who's looking to get into the low-power CPU market. Then again, TI does rock at low-power, maybe Intel or that other company could glean some good power saving tech from their purchase.
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  • mister g
    If their processors are so good I'd really wish they would advance their graphing calculators and make them thinner or just more modern. Their new nSpire line are touchscreens but their basic TI-84s and 89s are still not much faster and just as bulky as the 82s and 83s while keeping the same price points of >$100.
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  • Anonymous
    mister gIf their processors are so good I'd really wish they would advance their graphing calculators and make them thinner or just more modern. Their new nSpire line are touchscreens but their basic TI-84s and 89s are still not much faster and just as bulky as the 82s and 83s while keeping the same price points of >$100.

    As long as the schools keep requiring the older models they won't change the basic designs. They are very durable even thought slow and somewhat ugly. I've dropped my 83plus many times and its still working perfectly. The prices will remain high because every year a huge number of students are forced into the purchase.
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