According to reports, Intel is in talks with analog chip company MaxLinear and plans to sell its home connectivity chip unit to MaxLinear.
The first reporter of this news was Bloomberg, which reported that Intel and MaxLinear were discussing mergers and acquisitions, but so far, the two sides have not reached any agreement. In addition, industry sources said that Intel is also considering the possibility of selling the business to other companies, including Qualcomm and MediaTek.
According to relevant information from Intel, this business unit produces chips for DOCSIS modems and gateways, as well as chips for WiFi and smart home products, with annual sales of approximately $ 450 million.
In fact, Intel and MaxLinear maintain a long-term relationship with cable modem products. Intel's DOCSIS chipset and MaxLinear's front-end chips have been paired, so it makes sense for Intel to sell all or part of its home connectivity chip division to MaxLinear.