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ARRIS picks TI as 'primary' chip supplier

Mon, 11/08/2004 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

ARRIS has selected Texas Instruments as its "primary" supplier of silicon and software for DOCSIS- and EuroDOCSIS-based multimedia terminal adapters (MTAs) and cable modems.

The deal comes on the heels of TI's introduction of its Puma IV silicon architecture. ARRIS is the first-announced user of Puma IV, a platform that combines TI's VoIP hardware and software onto one piece of silicon. Hitron, Bona, Motorola Broadband and Samsung are among those that use TI silicon in cable modem and MTA models, but have yet to announce support for Puma IV.

"Working closely with TI has enabled ARRIS to take the lead in not only certifying products at CableLabs (for DOCSIS) and tComlabs (for EuroDOCSIS), but also in qualifying products with multiple service operators around the globe," said Jim Lakin, president of ARRIS Broadband, in a statement.

TI's selection by ARRIS applies some pressure to Broadcom Corp., the other big silicon player in this particular sector. Vendors such as Ambit Microsystems, Askey, Motorola Broadband, Scientific-Atlanta and Thomson currently use Broadcom chipsets in some MTA models.

Broadcom, however, does supply ARRIS with silicon for its line of cable modem termination systems.

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