Dominant chipmaker Qualcomm may need to take some radical steps to stay ahead of the direct competition presented by the $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom by Avago, analysts said Thursday. That could mean putting together some innovative partnerships, or even divesting itself of certain parts of its business.
The global chipmaking business continued to consolidate Thursday morning, with Singapore's Avago Technologies confirming its $37 billion purchase of Broadcom, a leading supplier of silicon device parts to cable, wireless and other telecom sectors.
Avago Technologies confirmed it will buy rival Broadcom for $37 billion, in a further consolidation of the chipset industry. Avago said it will use the deal to get further involved in the wireless infrastructure, networking and broadband technology markets.
Broadcom announced a new portfolio of Wi-Fi Wave 2 solutions for enterprise wireless access points. The expanded portfolio targets various segments of the enterprise and cloud WLAN markets, including campus, education, hospitality, healthcare and public venues.
For years, the industry promised ways to once and for all remove that tangled nest of wires for battery chargers, which are multiplying as consumers add more connected devices to their repertoire. But after years of fighting over standards, more and more industry experts are saying 2015 is, indeed, shaping up for wireless charging.
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Brian Bedrosian, senior director of the embedded device business in Broadcom's Wireless Connectivity Group, might not deliver the type of hype-infused rhetoric that you hear from a lot of corners in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. But he's got a pretty good handle on where the company is headed.
Broadcom is using the occasion of the CableLabs Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., to roll out a new 4K set-top chip for set-tops, new diagnostic analyzers for cable operators, and a 5G Wi-Fi combo chip.
Google and Qualcomm might share a lot of visionary goals, like getting Internet access to far-flung places around the globe that don't yet have it, but when it comes to the 600 MHz guard bands and unlicensed operations, they're pretty far apart.
Broadcom got out of the cellular baseband business in mid-2014 because it was losing $2 million per day staying in that market, which is dominated by Qualcomm, Intel, MediaTek and others, according to CEO Scott McGregor.
Broadcom has entered the HDMI dongle business. The chipmaker introduced two system on a chip (SoC) products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week necessary to put pay-TV set-tops inside sticks that fit into the HDMI slots of televisions.