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There are mergers, and then there are mega-mergers, such as the one that Avago Technologies and Broadcom just agreed to. The two chip makers have entered into a definitive agreement for Avago to acquire Broadcom for $37 billion as part of cash and stock deal, making it the largest transaction in the tech industry to date. Under terms of the agreement, Avago will pay Broadcom shareholders $17 billion in cash, giving them a 32 percent stake in the new company. The other $20 billion will be paid in stock. At that price, the two companies combined will have an enterprise value of $77 billion. They... Read more...
At present, Google and AT&T are the two companies making the most noise about gigabit Internet service for consumers. It's high time other ISPs jump on board as well, don't you think? If you agree, you'll be happy to know that Comcast and Liberty Global (a major ISP in Europe) are two other Internet companies with gigabit service on the roadmap. Broadcom has reportedly begun sampling its first DOCSIS 3.1 chip (BCM93390), which enables gigabit Internet service, as well as makes it possible for consumers to shovel 2Gb/s of wireless data in their homes. In turn, Comcast and Liberty Global have... Read more...
This week, Broadcom announced that it would exit the LTE modem market and shut down its LTE research division. The move comes less than a year after Broadcom bought Renesas' (formerly known as NEC) LTE modem -- and that purchase was supposed to give Broadcom a leg up in modem design after its own in-house LTE product had failed to ship. With Broadcom gone, Qualcomm is, for all intents and purposes, the Emperor of LTE mountain. The market shift has happened quickly -- look at where revenue share sat in 2009, when 4G was still on the horizon and 3G modems were the norm.   Qualcomm is still the... Read more...
For years now, "wireless charging" has close to taking off. There have been major efforts to make it a household item, even reaching back to the original Palm Pre and its Touchstone charger. Lately, a few Nokia Lumia devices have supported wireless charging via accessory backs, and some of the larger players have converged into alliances in order to send a stronger, unified message. But all in all, wireless charging still hasn't taken off in a major way. It's still far slower than a cable, and it usually requires too many costly accessories for the layperson to truly consider. Broadcom's hoping... Read more...
This whole wearable computing thing doesn't appear to be disappearing anytime soon, so rather than ignore the market, Broadcom is embracing it by introducing what it claims is the world's first Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) system-on-chip (SoC) designed for low-power, mass-market wearable gadgets -- devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches. An on-chip sensor hub helps users track and manage their health by giving precision tracking and location data. It constantly monitors user activity levels and location history to improve accuracy, all while consuming less power than traditional... Read more...
The wireless charging industry is figuring out what other industries have over the years: If you want to foster growth, standardize. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have agreed to work together to develop global interoperability between their respective wireless charging standards. “These two organizations are taking the necessary steps to get the job done," said Ron Resnick, President, Power Matters Alliance in a press release. "Combining the standards from A4WP and PMA offer the best choices of core technologies and managed network services, delivering... Read more...
Remember when a dual-core smartphone was the cat's meow? Things are quickly changing, as quad-core handsets are becoming much more commonplace, not just no the high-end, but in budget territory, too. Witness Broadcom, which on Thursday announced a quad-core HSPA+ processor designed for entry-level handsets. The shift to quad-core computing from top to bottom makes sense now that more than half of all phones shipped around the world are smartphones, a point Broadcom was quick to bring up in its press release. Broadcom's new processor (BCM23550) is based on ARM's Cortex A7 architecture with NEON... Read more...
Fourth generation wireless connectivity may be all the rage right now, but Broadcom is already looking ahead to 5G. Broadcom introduced the BCM4335 which it claims is the industry's first complete 5G Wi-Fi combo chip for smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and other mobile devices. This chip integrates a complete 5G Wi-Fi system based on the 802.11ac standard. The chip also features Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, and software on a single silicon die. The chip is designed using 40nm CMOS process, making it small and power efficient. Smartphones and tablets powered by the new BCM4335 are expected to hit shelves... Read more...
The world could certainly use all the fiber we can get, and it looks like Broadcom is lining up to be yet another company that sets the stage for the next major push in broadband expansion. It just announced intentions to acquire BroadLight, a Delaware-based company that provides highly integrated networking and fiber access PON (Passive Optical Network) processors. With the addition of BroadLight, Broadcom expands its broadband access portfolio to support customer requirements for rolling out next-generation fiber networks worldwide.   "The need for increased bandwidth for IPTV services,... Read more...
Rambus. Heard of 'em? Sure you have, and now they're making the news again, but it's a positive thing -- don't worry. The company just signed a patent licensing deal with Broadcom, resolving all previous claims related to its technology. The two were previously geared up for a court room showdown, which seems to be the norm in the tech world these days. Licensing has become a mondo issue, but it seems that these two are willing to hug it out (while exchanging some dollars, of course). Rambus said that they will agree to license their patent for "integrated circuits used in chips made by Broadcom."... Read more...
NFC has officially hit the big-time. How do we know? Because Broadcom just put out a press release introducing the first NFC chips in 40nm, which would have probably been chuckled at by the public even a decade ago. But now, NFC is on the tip of every tongue in tech, particularly now that Google Wallet is rolling out in select cities to those with a Nexus S 4G. The new BCM2079x solutions are the industry's first near field communications (NFC) chips manufactured in 40 nm CMOS process for smaller size and the industry's lowest power consumption, and they support multiple embedded secure elements... Read more...
ARM Semiconductor, the company whose IP drives a lot of the world's smartphone and tablet devices today, posted excellent Q1 results for the past quarter. Revenue was up 26 percent to $185.5 million and the company's growth significantly outpaced the overall growth of the semiconductor industry. It signed a total of 39 licensees for its technology this last quarter, and 35 in Q4 2010. A total of 1.85 billion ARM processors were manufactured during Q1, even as the licensing firm signed agreements with the likes of Broadcom and LG Electronics. At present, 61 percent of all mobile device processors... Read more...
It may be because Mobile World Congress is starting up next week, but it's probably more than that. We're talking about the increase in mobile-related news lately. In the past, mobile devices had their place, but they weren't all the rage. Now, mobile has infiltrated the mainstream, and smartphones (and wireless mobile broadband) is hotter than ever, not to mention gaming on the go, tethering, and tons of other advanced mobile features that are only enabled by cutting-edge processors. Qualcomm, Texas Instrument, Marvell and Broadcom are some of the bigger names out there trying to force their way... Read more...
SuperSpeed USB seems to be the hot transfer protocol these days, mostly because the coming out parties at IDF and CES went over really well. Tons of companies are voicing their support for the next-generation USB solution, and it should only be a few more months before we see a number of machine shipping with USB 3.0. But a protocol that many seemed to have forgotten about is Bluetooth 3.0.We get the feeling that it will be brought back to our attention in a big way at Mobile World Congress, which starts in just a few weeks in Spain. Many new cellphone and mobile technologies are expected to be... Read more...
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