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In less than a year and a half in the cable modem business, Texas Instruments has cornered 30 percent of the market for data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) chips. TI estimates it will deliver three million of the nearly 10 million total units expected to ship this year, increasing TI's market share by 600 percent from 1999.

Gartner Dataquest projects continued high growth in worldwide cable modem shipments during the next five years, with the potential to reach annual shipments of nearly 30 million units by the end of 2004.

Gartner says North America will start to shift away from worldwide standalone cable modem units as the market shifts to integrated broadband access and voice devices, Reali said. Additionally, Dataquest forecasts strong regional growth in Asia Pacific countries, including Japan, Korea and Taiwan, as well as selected Latin American countries.

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