Report: Amazon in Negotiations to Purchase Texas Instrument Mobile Chip Division
October 15, 2012 9:13 AM
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Amazon could be looking to directly challenge Apple and Samsung
Amazon has become one of the biggest companies in the tablet market with its Kindle Fire and the new
Kindle Fire HD
tablets. With Amazon wanting to put pressure on Apple in the tablet market, it would make sense for the company to work on securing processors for its future assault.
reports that Amazon is in talks with Texas Instruments to purchase its mobile processor line. If the negotiations are successful and Amazon acquires the mobile processor line, it would make the online retail giant a direct rival to Apple and Samsung Electronics. Apple and Samsung Electronics are two giants in the smartphone and tablet market that also design their own chips.
By securing its own source of processors for tablets and smartphones, Amazon would have more control over the design of the parts and the performance of its products. Amazon currently uses Texas Instruments chips in its Kindle Fire tablets.
Kindle Fire HD
Texas Instruments has already admitted to wanting to shift its wireless investment focus from smartphones to a broader market aiming for clients in the automotive sector and others where it hopes to be more profitable and stable.
Neither Amazon nor Texas Instruments have offered an official statement at this time.
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well to be fair...
10/16/2012 5:17:15 AM
TI technically did bring one of the smartphone's precursers to market in it's take on the graphing calculator. Granted, Casio did it first, but TI made it into a device that could be used as a PDA, game playing, etc.
I have a special love for TI ever since I grew up using a TI 99-4A
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