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Puma 6 blamed in DOCSIS modem row, may lose Intel the market

It’s not very often that a single flaw in an SoC leads to a change of hands of 50% of the largest broadband market in the world, but that could be the outcome of a legal action filed this week against Arris, over its core Intel supplied chip. Intel acquired the dominant DOCSIS SoC Puma 6 chipset from Texas Instruments back in 2010, and is perhaps surprised to see it in the majority of SoC designs in the US market. The chip contains an Atom x86 processor, aimed at gigabit broadband boxes and claims to be able to handle speeds of up to 1.6Gbps. There is a successor chip, the Puma 7, introduced in late 2015, and ready for Home…

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