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Intel Buys Texas Instrument's Cable Modem Line

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Intel cable modems on the horizon?

Intel announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem product line. The purchase is one step in Intel’s plan to expand into the cable industry and related consumer electronics. Intel could be planning to integrate its system-on-chip products based on Atom processors.

Intel plans to combine Texas Instruments’ Puma product lines with the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard technology and Intel SoCs to deliver 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.”

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.

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    victorintelr , August 17, 2010 12:28 PM
    I just hope that in the near future I will still be able to connect to internet with my AMD system...
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    irh_1974 , August 17, 2010 1:51 PM
    csong50 years ago a company called International Business Machines was really good at making typewriters...

    He's got a point, diversification is a pretty good way to maintain growth & stability.
    Look at Sony, started making radios
    Toshiba, electric lamps
    Samsung, dried fish
    Companies that sit around thinking their single product will last forever get a big shock very quickly, Intel is just doing what everyone else has done before.
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    nforce4max , August 17, 2010 12:15 PM
    Hmmm getting greedy o Greedtell gobbling yet more of the market.
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    victorintelr , August 17, 2010 12:28 PM
    I just hope that in the near future I will still be able to connect to internet with my AMD system...
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    burnley14 , August 17, 2010 12:31 PM
    Just in time for internet usage caps :( 
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    1pp1k10k4m1 , August 17, 2010 12:41 PM
    Why is the pic of a motorola modem? And why doesn't Intel just stick to what they are really good at? At least they offered to let everyone keep their job, I just wonder if it's at 100% salary and benefits...
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    Anonymous , August 17, 2010 1:07 PM
    50 years ago a company called International Business Machines was really good at making typewriters...
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    irh_1974 , August 17, 2010 1:51 PM
    csong50 years ago a company called International Business Machines was really good at making typewriters...

    He's got a point, diversification is a pretty good way to maintain growth & stability.
    Look at Sony, started making radios
    Toshiba, electric lamps
    Samsung, dried fish
    Companies that sit around thinking their single product will last forever get a big shock very quickly, Intel is just doing what everyone else has done before.
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    tu_illegalamigo , August 17, 2010 2:18 PM
    How "open" will all of this really be? I can`t argue with diversification, but I sincerely hope (hah) that as little proprietary product goes into these modems as possible, and we can all have fair access.
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    Kaiser_25 , August 17, 2010 2:29 PM
    tu_illegalamigoHow "open" will all of this really be? I can`t argue with diversification, but I sincerely hope (hah) that as little proprietary product goes into these modems as possible, and we can all have fair access.

    it will bee open intel doesnt go out fo their way to make thing propriatary like apple, this im sure is for their new optical multiplexing tech. like crazy speed fiber...
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    Ragnar-Kon , August 17, 2010 2:47 PM
    The entire Texas Instrument cable team received offers to move over to Intel... no lost jobs at all, thumbs up to Intel for that, even if the majority of the jobs are in Israel.
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    gmarsack , August 17, 2010 4:06 PM
    Good. Maybe Intel can make a reliable Cable modem. ugg... I hate the Surfboards.. lol
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    jimmysmitty , August 17, 2010 4:15 PM
    1pp1k10k4m1Why is the pic of a motorola modem? And why doesn't Intel just stick to what they are really good at? At least they offered to let everyone keep their job, I just wonder if it's at 100% salary and benefits...


    IDK> I am interested in seeing what a Atom powered HTPC as a set top box can offer. I would open a huge world. Right now they are pretty much controlled. Most set top boxes have eSata or USB/Firewire and are not used. Maybe this will put the PC into the STB arena like it should be.

    GIve you more capabilities including more game types and full 1080p HD streaming video....
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    Socnom , August 17, 2010 5:33 PM
    How many times will they change the cable plugs to the modems? About as often as they change their sockets for their chips?
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    mikem_90 , August 17, 2010 9:22 PM
    Interesting, though I'm not so sure how far cable can go from here on. DOCSIS 3.0 is just multiple 2.0 channels bonded together.

    I would rather see an actual push for fiber to the last mile.
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    fans 6 , August 17, 2010 10:25 PM
    Intel NEVER fires its workers lol.

    i can see that here again. Good job.
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    dEAne , August 18, 2010 2:10 AM
    nvidia is upto chipset or android, as to intel is upto cable?