Texas Instruments is reportedly looking to scale back its investment in the OMAP processors for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Those happen to be the processors that power every Amazon Kindle Fire tablet that’s been released to date, so the move would leave Amazon with a few choices.
The company could look for a new chipset for future tablets, stick with a platform that TI only seems partially invested in, or buy the OMAP business from Texas Instruments. According to reports circulating this week, Amazon is looking at that last option pretty seriously.
Israeli site Calcalist.co.il reports that Amazon is in “advanced negotiations” with TI.
At this point, we’re still looking at an unconfirmed rumor — neither Amazon nor Texas Instruments has said anything about the matter. But the move would certainly make a lot of sense for Amazon.
It could also be bad news for competitors including Barnes & Noble. The retailer’s NOOK line of Android tablets also use TI OMAP processors.
via The Next Web