TI, Microtune Synch Up


Silicon providers Texas Instruments Inc. and Microtune Inc. have linked up to
jointly develop and market Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification
cable-modem technology in an agreement announced Tuesday.

The first project is a cable-modem baseband and RF (radio frequency) chip set
running DOCSIS-based software that has been certified in several cable-modem

Also on the agenda is the development of silicon-product road maps and
cable-modem reference designs to help both companies' customers deploy DOCSIS
1.1 and DOCSIS 2.0 gear that is lower in cost, lower in power consumption and
better in performance.

'Cable-modem suppliers want a highly optimized and field-hardened solution
for their cable-product platforms. Simply put, the TI and Microtune relationship
provides that,' said Brett Butler, general manager of TI's cable-broadband
communications, in a release.

'Our relationship is extremely complementary and clearly addresses operators'
needs with an industry-leading solution,' he added.