Broadcom's New Bluetooth Chips Rate Double the Talk Time, Faster Charging
Today Broadcom announced its latest series of Bluetooth silicon. Broadcom's new system-on-a-chip CMOS Bluetooth radios use 65 nanometer processes, and offer improvements across the board. According to Broadcom, the BCM2074x family of Bluetooth headset chips have new wind and noise reduction algorithms, support for multiple language voice prompts, and the ability to charge five times faster than previous chips. The 65nm processes also contributes to better power management, and Broadcom says this new series of chips should offer double the talk time when compared to its previous series of Bluetooth products. The chips support Bluetooth versions 2.0, 2.1 and 3.0 and are already sampling.
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.
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.
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.
Broadcom Takes Aim at Qualcomm with Unsolicited $130B Bid
Broadcom today made an unsolicited offer to buy Qualcomm for $70 per share, a deal valued at approximately $130 billion. According to Broadcom, the merged entity would be a diverse communications semiconductor company that would be able to accelerate innovation, deliver more advanced products, and create compelling financial savings/efficiencies.
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.
When, when, when?!!!!?
But all that matters to the end consumers is when, whne, when, probably not til the 2nd half of next year, just a guess.