Intel is about a decade late to this game. Retail cable set-top boxes and the ridiculous CableCards that enable them have been abysmal failures in the market.
So far, the one truism in digital cable hardware at the residential end has been if the end box isn't made by Motorola or Cisco/Scientific Atlanta, it doesn't count. If the DOCSIS/MPEG2 silicon that powers it isn't made by Broadcom, it doesn't count.
Intel could perhaps buy it's way in, but they are pushing a rope uphill on this one.
Those of you remember Intel with Level one and Vxtel aquisitions nows how intel can handle non_PC operations. Good luck Intel, second time fail royally.
Entire management only knows how to do PC and Flash (mainly due to Fab advantage).
Times certainly have changed. I remember Andy Grove insisting that PC will not lose to TV in the "war for eyeballs". This development suggests otherwise. But I hardly find TV a big field to go into. There are only so many channels. It's nothing compared to what YouTube can become.
I am sure Intel has done its homework when taking its decision. Its driving adoption from both ends : partnering with Yahoo to cover the content front & now boost its platform strategy with TI's platforms.
Intel has its own strong portfolio in the Cable side for both DocSiS & MoCA. I would expect to see a lot more action from Intel. We may perhaps see innovative prototypes for CES-2011
Well, all I can say to Intel is "Good luck!" We at Broadcom have been in this cable modem game for a long time. As far as Infineon's wireless group goes, I haven't heard anything around Broadcom about that, but then I wouldn't tell you even if I had! $1.2 billion in revenue is nothing to sneeze at, though.
I guess Intel Intend to develop Atom based SoCs for internet connected Set-top boxes by using TI's technology. This will help to replace traditional cable modem and Settop box and make it a single device. The chip could be running Android OS and might have support for Google TV.
This is definitely a win for Intel. The cable modem business should remain vibrant for keeps. It is a consumer-driven business and history has shown that consumers will keep paying for innovative products delivered via this medium.
The cable modem is the key to growth and innovation in this industry since it determines how much data can be multiplexed onto existing cable infrastructures.
It was easy to forget that TI was still in the cable modem chip business, after it's ill-fated acquisition of Libit a decade ago. But if Intel wants to make a play in cable set-top boxes or gateways, it needs this IP -- so maybe this is a win-win for both parties.
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