Broadcom Looking to Get Out Of the Baseband Business
Broadcom today indicated that it is looking to exit the cellular baseband radio-making business. The company is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale or wind-down of its baseband business unit. The company has signed JP Morgan to help it divest the unit. Broadcom said if it is able to successfully sell or wind down the baseband unit, it can save $700 million annually in research, development, and other costs. Broadcom would like to reinvest these savings into its remaining businesses, including small cells, embedded processing, and low-power connectivity. Broadcom didn't provide a timeframe for exiting the baseband business. Broadcom is facing pressure from competitors such as Qualcomm, which excels at integrating 4G baseband radios with application processors.
Broadcom to Cut Up to 1,900 Jobs
Broadcom Limited said it plans to reduce its headcount by about 1,900 jobs. The cuts will be made across Broadcom's global facilities and the company expects to take a charge of $650 million to cover the cost of the cuts.
FTC Accuses Qualcomm of Anticompetitive Behavior
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against Qualcomm, alleging the chip-maker uses its market position to monopolize the sale of cell phone baseband processors.
Broadcom Intros New Wi-Fi Chip for Smartphones
Broadcom today announced the BCM4358, a high-end Wi-Fi radio for flagship smartphones and tablets. The BCM4358 employs an 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO configuration for improved throughput and speeds, which Broadcom says can reach 650Mbps.
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.