Texas Instruments rumoured to sell OMAP chips business to Amazon?

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Texas Instruments (TI) is reportedly selling its smartphone and tablet OMAP chips business to Amazon.com.

According  to Hebrew site Calcalist.co.il the company, which recently said it was stopping operations in this sector as a result of competition from Qualcomm, Intel and Nvidia, has not confirmed the rumours.

However, The Next Web claims the paper has a track record of getting stories such as this “exactly right.”

According to the paper Amazon.com is looking to splash its cash on TI’s processor arm so it can have more control over the chips running its Kindle Fire tablets and the rumoured smartphones it is working on.

It is thought the company wants to be in-line with the likes of Apple and Samsung, which already manufacturer these product for use in their mobile products.

However, there may be a clash of personalities if Amazon was to purchase this side of the company, with Kindle competitors Barnes & Noble using TI’s chips for their tablets and e-readers.


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