SAN FRANCISCO—Texas Instruments Inc. said Wednesday (Aug. 17) that its OMAP multimedia applications processor line is not for sale, contrary to widely circulated rumors.
A spokesperson for TI said via email that the company is aware of speculation in the press about the sale of the OMAP business and wanted to set the record straight. Rumors about the potential sale of the company's OMAP division are inaccurate, the spokesperson said.
"To be clear, these are rumors, plain and simple," the spokesperson said. "They are not true, and were not started by TI. TI remains committed to our core wireless business, which encompasses the OMAP applications processors and wireless connectivity solutions. And, we are committed to helping our customers succeed in the marketplace."
I often feel rumors like this are generated by writers trying to fill space. Too many times I've seen writer do a "what-if" article which morphs into an industry rumor. It feels like articles from sports writers who talk about trades that they think would make sense, not that have a chance of happening.
Thanks for this article. I strongly support Texas Instruments Inc. management team decision on this one. Sometime is it better to stand still and just wait. Let Google and the others do their thing right now.
By acquiring Motorola google has made a point & its going to compete with apple iPhone. And for strong hold in the market, they need to have a complete SOC+platform solution of their own. So there are chances that google can bid for TIs WIRELESS/OMAP in near future.
Intel has already bought Infenion which has Gold ARM based application processor. Intel must focus in Atom to bring cost and pwoer down. ARM solution is not the best tactical approach now. If they do all business may have to move from ARM based system. Motorola is not a semiconductor company and can not support application processor long time. Qualcomm has a better solution. So only comanies left are Broadcom, SG, AMD.
It's not long since TI were proudly announcing that they were lead developer for the up-coming ARM Cortex-A15, which was to be the basis of the next generation, OMAP5, of their SOC.To sell OMAP would be a sudden change of heart. I can't see Intel being interested in OMAP other than to try to wipe the floor with it and its cousins from Qualcomm, nVidia,Samsung, Apple, etc.
Interesting to read about Texas Instruments. Their OMAP line must be on the sight of some since multimedia is gaining a lot of demand. OMAP processors are ARM based which means they are low power consumers and can handle the Video and audio applications that the market is needing.
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