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Analyst: Intel buys cell-phone chip maker

7/3/2010 11:26 PM EDT
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re: Analyst: Intel buys cell-phone chip maker
kdboyce   7/5/2010 5:00:14 PM
Supporting high quality audio in a PMIC can be difficult due to the high current switching regulators on the same chip which can introduce noise. Matching a PMIC with a processor makes good sense, and can form the basic platform for different end user products. The use of the Freescale/Intel chipset solution locks one to the particular audio solution within the PMIC. IF that is what is desired, then OK. If not, to augment the solution otherwise loses the advantage of integration. National Semiconductor and Wolfson Micro, for example, offer a variety of audio subsystems that allows the designer to support almost any audio need within mobile devices.

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re: Analyst: Intel buys cell-phone chip maker
goafrit   7/5/2010 10:35:53 AM
The economic recovery is certainly going to lead to many acquisitions in all aspects of the industry. It will be the same in semiconductors, health, mobile and entertainment. Cisco, HP, Dell, Intel and co are shopping. This is good for small firms as it provides immediate exit strategies to recoup their investments and we hope the economy continues to give enough confidence to sustain this. Intel surely needs to ramp up its mobile strategy and this acquisition is a good one. The future is mobile and any firm without a mobile strategy will exist only on pages of wikipedia museum.

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