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Encyclopedia > Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation
Type Public NASDAQBRCM
Founded August 1991
Headquarters Irvine, California, USA
Key people Henry Samueli, Co-founder, Chairman, CTO
Henry Nicholas, Co-founder
Scott A. McGregor, CEO, President
Industry Semiconductors
Revenue $3.67 billion USDFY 2006 ( $901.5M Q1 2007)
Employees 5,573 (2007)
Website www.broadcom.com

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Broadcom is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. This article or section is missing needed references or citation of sources. ...

Contents

Products

Broadcom's product line spans computer and telecommunication networking: the company has products for enterprise/metropolitan high-speed networks, as well as products for SOHO (small-office, home-office) networks. Products include transceiver and processor ICs for ethernet and wireless LANs, cable modems, digital subscriber line (DSL), servers, home networking devices (router, switches, port-concentators) and cellular phones (GSM/GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA). It is also known for a series of high-speed encryption co-processors, offloading this processor intensive work to a dedicated chip, thus greatly speeding up any tasks that utilize encryption. This has many practical benefits for e-commerce, and PGP or GPG secure communications. “Computer Networks” redirects here. ... A telecommunications network is a network of telecommunications links arranged so that messages may be passed from one part of the network to another over multiple links. ... Local area network scheme A local area network (LAN) is a computer network covering a small geographic area, like a home, office, or group of buildings. ... Motorola Surfboard cable modem A cable modem is a type of modem that provides access to a data signal sent over the cable television infrastructure. ... Cellular redirects here. ... The Global System for Mobile communications (GSM: originally from Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. ... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM and IS-136 mobile phones. ... Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) or Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS), is a digital mobile phone technology that allows it to increase data transmission rate and improve data transmission reliability. ... W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) is a type of 3G cellular network. ... PGP Encryption (Pretty Good Privacy) is a computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication. ... The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG) is a free software replacement for the PGP suite of cryptographic software, released under the GNU General Public License. ...


The company also produces ICs for carrier access equipment, audio/video processors for digital set-top boxes and digital video recorders, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi transceivers, and RF receivers/tuners for satellite TV. Major customers include Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Dell, Lenovo, Linksys, Logitech, Cisco Systems and TiVo. The term set-top box (STB) describes a device that connects to a television and some external source of signal, and turns the signal into content then displayed on the screen. ... The digital video recorder (DVR), also called personal video recorder (PVR) or digital personal video recorder, is a consumer electronics device that records television shows to a hard disk in digital format. ... Bluetooth logo This article is about the electronic protocol named after Harald Bluetooth Gormson. ... Official Wi-Fi logo Wi-Fi was originally a brand licensed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to describe the embedded technology of wireless local area networks (WLAN) based on the IEEE 802. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of orbiting communications satellites located 37,000 km (22,300 miles) above the earths surface. ... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ... Motorola Inc. ... Dell Inc. ... Lenovo Group Limited, formerly known as Legend Group Limited, is the largest personal computer manufacturer in the Peoples Republic of China, and as of 2004 is the eighth largest in the world. ... A 802. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A Cisco ASM/2-32EM router deployed at CERN in 1987. ... TiVo (pronounced tee-voh, IPA: ) is a popular brand of digital video recorder (DVR) in the United States. ...


Broadcom also authored its own VoIP codecs in 2002:

  • BroadVoice 16 with declared bitrate 16 Kb/s and audio sampling frequency 8 kHz
  • BroadVoice 32 with declared bitrate 32 Kb/s and sampling rate of 16 kHz (note hovewer that X-Lite SIP phone's menu declares bitrate 48000 b/s)

BroadVoice is a Voice over IP (VoIP) network that allows users to conduct voice communications via a broadband Internet connection. ...

Consumer design wins

While Broadcom's primary business is strictly as an IC supplier to OEMs, the Broadcom moniker is known to home consumers through several high-profile consumer devices: Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is a term that refers to a situation in which one company purchases a manufactured product from another company and resells the product as its own, usually as a part of a larger product it sells. ... A moniker (or monicker) is a pseudonym, or cognomen, which one gives to oneself. ...

  • Broadcom supplies the video processor chip for Apple's 5th generation iPod.
  • In Q2 2005, Broadcom Corporation announced it will be providing Nintendo its “online solution on a chip” as deployed in millions of notebooks and PDAs across the globe, enabling Nintendo 802.11b connectivity with DS and 802.11g for the Wii . More specifically, Broadcom will provide Bluetooth connectivity for Wii's controller.

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Manufacturing

Broadcom is known as a fabless company. It outsources all semiconductor manufacturing to Asian merchant foundries, such as Chartered, SMIC, Silterra, TSMC, and UMC. The company is based in Irvine, California on the campus of University of California, Irvine, with other research and development sites in Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India. A fabless semiconductor company specializes in the design and sale of hardware devices implemented on semiconductor chips. ... Semiconductor device fabrication is the process used to create chips, the integrated circuits that are present in everyday electrical and electronic devices. ... A foundry is a factory which produces castings of metal, both ferrous and non-ferrous. ... Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (SGX: C27) (NASDAQ: CHRT) (abbreviated CSM) is the worlds third largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, with its headquarters and main operations located in Singapore. ... Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI, SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, providing integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing service at 0. ... Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (Traditional Chinese: 台灣積體電路製造股份有限公司, abbrev. ... UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation) was founded in 1980, as Taiwans first Semiconductor company. ... Location of Irvine within Orange County, California. ... The University of California, Irvine is a public research university primarily situated in suburban Irvine, California, USA; a significant portion of the campus falls into the neighboring community of Newport Beach. ... A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... , Bangalore (Bengalūru) (Kannada: ; pronunciation: in Kannada and in English) is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. ...


Stock options scandal

On July 14, 2006, Broadcom announced it had to subtract $750,000,000 from earnings due to stock options irregularities. On September 8, 2006 the amount was doubled to $1.5 billion. The company may also owe additional taxes.[1] On January 24, 2007, it announced a restatement of its financial results from 1998 to 2003 that totaled $2.24 billion. is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Main article: Option A stock option is a specific type of option that uses the stock itself as an underlying instrument to determine the options pay-off (and therefore its value). ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Qualcomm Suit

In June 2007, the U.S. International Trade Commission blocked the import of new cell phone models based on particular Qualcomm microchips. They found that these Qualcomm microchips infringe patents owned by Broadcom. Broadcom has also initiated patent litigation in U.S. courts over this issue. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency of the United States that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such... Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a wireless telecommunications research and development company based in San Diego, California. ... Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a wireless telecommunications research and development company based in San Diego, California. ...


At issue is software designed to extend battery life in chips while users make out-of-network calls. In October, an ITC administrative judge made an initial ruling that Qualcomm violated the Broadcom patent covering that feature and the commission later affirmed the decision.


Acquisitions

Through the years, Broadcom has acquired many smaller companies to quickly enter new markets.

Date Acquired Company Amount Expertise
January 1999 Maverick Networks $104M in Stock Multi-layer switches for corporate networks
April 1999 Epigram $316M in stock home networking using POTS
June 1999 Amedia SOC design services
August 1999 HotHaus Technologies $280M in stock DSP software for VOIP
August 1999 Altocom $180M in stock Softmodem software
January 2000 BlueSteel Networks $123M in stock Security Processors
March 2000 Digital Furnace Corp $136M in stock Data compression software
March 2000 Stellar Semiconductor $162M in stock 3D graphics processors
June 2000 Pivotal Technologies $242M in stock digital video chips
July 2000 Innovent Systems $500M in stock blue-tooth radios
August 2000 Puyallup Integrated Circuit Company components for SOC chips
July 2000 Altima Communications $533M in stock networking chips
October 2000 Newport Communications $1240M in stock 10Gbit Ethernet transceivers
October 2000 Silicon Spice $1000M in stock DSP chips for VOIP
November 2000 Element 14 $594M in stock DSL chipsets
December 2000 Allayer Communications $271M in stock enterprise and optical networking chips
December 2000 Sibyte $2000M in stock Broadband microprocessors
January 2001 VisionTech, Ltd. $777M in stock MPEG-2 compression/decompression of PVRs
January 2001 ServerWorks Corp. $1003M in stock system controllers for compute servers
July 2001 PortaTec Corporation next-generation portable devices
July 2001 Kimalink circuits for wireless communications
May 2002 Mobilink Telecom, Inc. 5.6M shares of stock base-band processor for cell-phones
March 2003 Gadzoox Networks $5.8M in cash Storage-area networks
January 2004 RAIDCore, Inc. $16.5M in cash software for RAID systems
April 2004 M-Stream Inc. $8.7M in cash and 27000 shares of stock technology to improve wireless reception
April 2004 Sand Video, Inc. $77.5M in stock and $7.4M in cash video compression technology
April 2004 WIDCOMM, Inc. $49M in cash software for Bluetooth systems
April 2004 Zyray Wireless, Inc. $96M in stock Base-band processors for WCMDA
September 2004 Alphamosaic, Ltd. $123M in stock video processors for mobile devices
February 2005 Alliant Networks, Inc. $26.5M in cash cellular gateway products
March 2005 Zeevo, Inc. $26.4M in cash and $2.6M in stock Bluetooth headset products
July 2005 Siliquent Technologies, Inc. $76M in cash 10Gbit Ethernet interface controllers
October 2005 Athena Semiconductors, Inc. $21.6M in cash Digital TV tuners and Wifi technology
January 2006 Sandburst Corporation $75M in cash and $5M in stock SOC chips for ethernet packet switching
November 2006 LVL7 Systems, Inc. $62M in cash Networking software
June 2007 Global Locate, Inc. $146M in cash Provider of Industry-Leading GPS Chips and Software

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References

  1. ^ Broadcom's Options Bombshell. BusinessWeek (2006-09-09). Retrieved on 2006-09-09.

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