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Intel's TI Unit Buy Looks to Edge Out ARM

Intel may be the world's largest chipmaker, but when it comes to making the tiny, energy-efficient CPU designs that power many of the world's smartphones and consumer electronics, ARM reigns supreme.

That's one reason why Intel has purchased the cable modem chip unit from Texas Instruments, giving it a deeper portfolio when it comes to pursuing the market for silicon at the heart of cable set-top boxes, cable modems and other products targeting the burgeoning market for "wired home" components.

Hardware Central takes a look at the purchase and how it fits into Intel's broader efforts to extend its reach.

Intel Corp. on Monday fired a new salvo in its skirmish to take command of the chip market for consumer electronic devices with the announcement that it will acquire Texas Instruments' cable modem chip division and product line.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based semiconductor behemoth has been attempting to wrest a share of the market for consumer electronics from ARM Holdings, currently the top dog in that space. While Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) boasts the more powerful chip designs, ARM (NASDAQ: ARMH) has a strong edge in energy efficiency, which is essential when it comes to consumer electronics.

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Intel Snaps Up TI Cable Modem Chip Division