Intel buying TIs cable modem business

Intel buying TIs cable modem business.

Intel buying TI’s cable modem business

8/16/2010 12:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. has agreed to acquire Texas Instruments Inc.’s cable modem product line, the company said Monday (Aug. 16). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said it plans to combine TI’s 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, the company said. 

All employees of TI’s 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, Intel said. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter, the company said. 

Observers have in recent weeks said Intel was signaling that it was interested in re-entering the communications chip market. Earlier this month Will Strauss, principal analyst at Forward Concepts Inc., said Intel was the most likely buyer of Infineon’s wireless business, which is now up for sale. Broadcom Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. are also considered potential suitors for Infineon’s wireless group, which generated about $1.2 billion in sales last year, according to Strauss.

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