Broadcom buys mobile TV tuner maker for $21.6M

Broadcom acquired Athena Semiconductors for $21.6 million in cash. The company is banking on Athena's mobile digital TV tuners that use the DMB-H standard to allow handhelds and media players to receive live video feeds. The company sees television delivered to mobile phones and over WiFi as its next venture. A recent InStat report expects the sale of digital TV tuner chips to top 81 million units within the next five years.

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