PLANO, Tex.--Radio-frequency chip startup Microtune Inc. here today announced an expanded partnership with customer 3Com Corp. to develop RF tuner ICs for new cable modems used to access the Internet and provide voice communications. Under the new agreement, 3Com it has made an equity investment in the Dallas area company.
The two companies said they plan to collaborate on module-level tuner solutions for 3Com's next-generation HomeConnect modems, which will boast performance and add new features to systems for Internet and voice communications.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based 3Com also has agreed to work with Microtune to define and commercialize next generation silicon-based RF tuner products. Details on 3Com's equity investment and stake in four-year-old Microtune were not released this morning.
New broadband cable modems, based on MicroTune's MicroTuner chips, are expected to hit the market in 2001.