TI’s Buyout Expands Intel’s Atom Processor Reach

Intel has announced it will expand its Digital Home Group with Texas Instrument’s Cable Modem manufacturing division in a buyout during the fourth quarter of 2010. Intel’s wants to further develop its “system-on-chip” line of products, and the acquisition of TI’s Puma technology gets it closer to that goal.

Earlier this year Intel entered the “living room market” with Google TV, a screen that blends TV and the internet–and was developed around Intel’s Atom processor. The Atom is a low-cost, low-power chip normally found in mobile computers.

After Google TV and the Texas Instruments cable modems, Intel will look to putting its Atom chips into other consumer electronic devices such as set-top boxes, blu-ray players, companion boxes, and residential gateways.

But Intel plans don’t stop in the living room. The Atom processor was designed for smartphones and TVs, but also for future emerging devices, even cars. Basically, to have “microprocessors where there weren’t before.”