Intel has just announced that it will acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem product line. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, were not disclosed.

Unsurprisingly, Intel says the acquisition will help further its foray into providing chips to the cable and consumer electronics industries. Intel wants to be able to provide products that provide on foundation for consumer elextronics devices such as set top boxes, digital TVs, and blu-ray disc players. The unit’s advanced system-on-chip (SoC) products will be based on Intel’s Atom processors.

The unit will be part of Intel’s Digital home Group. Another piece of the puzzle is the fact that Google is partnering with Intel for the launch of Google TV in the Fall. Perhaps this new unit will help boost its technology for this partnership as well as future agreements. And the company’s CEO Paul Otellini said earlier this year that it was looking to boost use of Atom processors in the mobile and digital home device segments. The company stated that its latest chip, named Dragonpoint, offers better audio and video performance, wider and open software support and is cheaper than the competition.

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