Broadcom Intros Its First LTE-Advanced Radio
Broadcom today announced its first 4G modem for smartphones and tablets. Broadcom has long made mobile processors and 3G modems, but this is its first foray into the LTE market. The BCM21892 was manufactured with a 28nm processes, which Broadcom says reduces the overall footprint of the chip by 35% when compared to competitors' products and also consumes 25% less power. The modem does not, however, include a processor, such as Qualcomm's SnapDragon line. The BCM21892 supports all 3GPP standards, including LTE-Advanced, LTE (category 4, with speeds up to 150Mbps), HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, and GSM/EDGE. It supports IMS and can deliver HD voice and VoLTE for carriers interested in those services. The chip is now sampling to Broadcom's customers, but Broadcom doesn't expect full production to begin until 2014.
Broadcom Lowers Offer for Qualcomm, Qualcomm Says No Way
Broadcom revised its offer to acquire Qualcomm downward by $3 per share after Qualcomm increased its own bid to buy NXP Semiconductors. Broadcom said, "Qualcomm's board acted against the best interests of its stockholders by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP's activist stockholders." Broadcom would have preferred to see Qualcomm act together with Broadcom to broker the right deal for NXP while still allowing Broadcom to move forward with its own offer to buy Qualcomm.
Broadcom Is Once Again a US Company
Broadcom says its repatriation process is complete, and it has moved the company's legal home from Singapore to Delaware. Broadcom announced its intent to move back to the U.S.
Avago Technologies May Buy Broadcom
Avago Technologies is in advanced talks to acquire Broadcom, reports the Wall Street Journal. Terms of the deal are not yet available, and the Journal's sources say the deal may not be signed.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 Modem Powers 1.2Gbps Speeds
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, which it says is the first Category 18 modem capable of download speeds up to 1.2Gbps. The X20 is manufactured using a 10nm FinFET process.