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Could Intel buy TI's OMAP division?

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Roger3
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Roger3   8/16/2011 11:43:41 PM
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I don´t believe that Intel would be back to the ARM world, but for Broadcom ...

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Roger3   8/16/2011 11:44:07 PM
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Dylan, what about Atmel ?

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mcgrathdylan   8/17/2011 6:19:41 AM
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@Roger-I'm not sure I follow. Are you suggesting that Atmel could be an Intel acquisition target or that Atmel could be a buyer for OMAP?

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KARTHIKSRINIVASA.Srinivasa   8/17/2011 5:00:42 AM
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I too dont believe Intel would be back with ARM. They would never have sold xscale otherwise

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t.alex   8/17/2011 3:17:22 PM
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Big mistake in the past.

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dblaza1   8/17/2011 11:38:16 AM
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The only way this makes any sense is if the TI board has decided that becoming a pure play analog company is the best long term growth strategy. The acquisition of National supports this and Analog is a very high margin business with less volatility than selling processors. It takes an army of software developers to compete in processors these days and that drives down margins. However I doubt this is more than speculation, a move like this would cut off a lot of TI's growth potential and where would it leave their DSP and MSP430 businesses?

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PremierSnow   8/17/2011 11:39:53 AM
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I think Broadcom is the front-runner here. The company has admitted they are lagging the competition in apps processors and haven't really communicated a roadmap. And we all know how aggressive Broadcom is with M&A. Broadcom could integrate OMAP with its baseband and other connectivity solutions while leveraging its position with leaders like Apple.

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Robotics Developer   8/17/2011 3:02:49 PM
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I like the Broadcom rumor as it makes sense but the AMD option is very interesting as well. The OMAP family might play well with / compliment the current AMD fusion family and together AMD might be is a better position to compete with Intel and others for market share. I think this bears watching..

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help.fulguy   8/17/2011 3:55:22 PM
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Dylan, dont waste your time on catchy headline articles. There are much better topics to write articles on. x86 is like religion at Intel, You cant expect them to convert their religion that easily without a good fight.

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DCPARR   8/17/2011 3:55:42 PM
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I highly doubt Intel is interested in purchasing any prepackaged ARM solution when they could have easily Strongarmed their way in years ago. Instead, they sold off Strongarm. I seriously doubt if they will revisit that abandoned road. AMD is highly doubtful as an ARM licensee also, but for entirely different reasons then Intel. AT this point in time, they have neither the revenue or focus to be diverted by an ARM development segment. Broadcom makes a lot of sense. They threw much development into their MIPS based processors. Perhaps if they purchased OMAP they would enhance it with a Hypertransport interface to compliment their communications offerings..

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help.fulguy   8/17/2011 4:07:48 PM
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BTW, Dylan, Charlie's guys on Semi-Accurate will open a can of Whoop-ass if you continue to copy their article here and not give them credit...LOL

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mcgrathdylan   8/17/2011 6:52:42 PM
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@help.fulguy- unfair criticism. I've duly credited SemiAccurate with reporting that Broadcom is considering acquiring OMAP and included a link to the article (second paragraph). The rest of the article is based on correspondence with TI, Craig Berger's report and my conversation with Will Strauss.

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DrDon   8/17/2011 4:23:11 PM
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My money is on Google...buy Motorola Wireless to line up against Apple, then buy OMAP (Apple bought PA-SEMI) to get control of the silicon platform Droid runs on. This would work.

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p_g   8/17/2011 6:32:30 PM
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I like your idea DrDon. But my feeling is google is not into cell phone making, they need it to protect their OS so they can continue to support Android. Probably Google will keep patents and after few years will spin off Motorola again. Or may keep it for its google TV division.

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Roger3   8/17/2011 7:51:57 PM
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Dylan, My question was about Atmel buying OMAP division.

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mcgrathdylan   8/17/2011 8:19:23 PM
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Thanks Roger. I must admit I haven't heard that one or even considered it. And now TI has responded with a strong denial that OMAP is even for sale. So it seems at least at this point like all of this speculation was (or at least is now) for naught.

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Roger3   8/18/2011 1:06:21 AM
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YEah, you are right. But you did it very well. Congrats!

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