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msilbey 12/5/2012 | 5:46:43 PM
re: Entropic Takes $55M Stab at Trident

Lots of SoC news. Entropic wants in the game, Broadcom's licensing Sling tech for its SoC, and Sigma just announced a new set-top reference design with Quantenna for Wi-Fi video delivery. Apparently people aren't counting out set-tops just yet. 

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:46:42 PM
re: Entropic Takes $55M Stab at Trident

I'd lost track of Trident a long time ago.  Didn't they do graphics chips, way way back when?  I'm thinking around 1998, when graphics accelerators were a hot item, before Intel integrated that function and wiped out most of the sector...

geminiz 12/5/2012 | 5:46:41 PM
re: Entropic Takes $55M Stab at Trident

Trident once upon a time was a tier2 player in the graphic processor business. When the industry transitioned to 3D acceleration, Trident made several unsuccessful attempts with their Blade3d series. Shortly after, Via Technologies from Taiwan licensed Trident's graphic capability for its IGP on its chipset. Eventually the two parties went south with Trident suing Via for patent infringement and Via ended up buying out Trident's graphic business. After selling its core graphic business, Trident went to focus on STB chips and we all know what happened thereafter.

ymchu 12/5/2012 | 5:46:33 PM
re: Entropic Takes $55M Stab at Trident

They are still No. 3 in STB although distant 3rd

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:41:19 PM
re: Entropic Takes $55M Stab at Trident

And don't expect Entropic to make much of a run at the Docsis 3.0 chip market led by Broadcom and Intel (via TI acquisition).  When they first struck the deal in January they were pretty clear that a D3 chip roadmap wouldn't be in the near-term, but that they'd continue to make the Docsis 2.0 assets that Trident had that goes all the way back to Conexant. JB


 

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