Intel Changes Focus of Digital Home Group
News out is that Intel will be concentrating the efforts of its Digital Home Group team to a smaller set of digital home solutions. They have decided to shift the Atom SoC platform focus from Digital TV processors to IP set-top media processor and gateway/cable businesses. The Digital Home Group (DHG) has had their mandate changed to include smartphone and tablet solutions as well.
The Intel DHG's CE4100 Atom SoC platform is the chipset responsible for devices such as Google TV and Boxee Box. The market is expecting an explosion in purchase of tablets and smart devices in developed and the developing world. Also it would seem that it is with an expected growth in smartphones and tablets being used to stream entertainment content makes them a bigger and better market to go for.
Also the focus on IP set-top media processor and gateway/cable businesses should come as no surprise, because it was last year that Intel acquired Texas Instruments' cable modem division. At the time Intel had plans to combine its Atom SoC platform with Texas Instruments' Puma product line; enabling them to create DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) compliant set top box, residential gateway and cable modems.