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Avago-Broadcom solidifies patent stronghold

Posted: 09 Jun 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent? Internet of Things?

When Avago Technologies completes the acquisition of Broadcom Corp., it will significantly broaden its patent position, particularly in sectors such as mobile, the data centre and the Internet of Things.

Avago's own patent portfolio is small, with around 5,000 patents and patent applications. But when combined with patents and applications assigned to its recent acquisitions such as LSI, PLX, Emulex, CyOptics and Infineon, the number of patents in its portfolio rises significantly to 20,304. However, this is still slightly less than the 20,689 patent and applications Broadcom has in its portfolio.

The merged company would be the ninth largest holder of patents among the top semiconductor vendors, according to an analysis by our team at LexInnova. It would rank ahead in patents of TSMC (34,184), Texas Instruments (32,946), STMicroelectronics (32,910) and the proposed NXP/Freescale merger (30,344). It is behind only three logic vendorsQualcomm (76,130), Intel (59,569) and Renesas (40,751). The other top players include large consumer electronics companies (Samsung and Toshiba) and memory makers (Micron and SK Hynix).

LSI Corp. and Broadcom are major players in data centre and server technology domains. The merger will result in the new Broadcom surging ahead of many leading players in these domains, such as Qualcomm and ARM. Specifically, Broadcom has a large number of patents and applications in the domains of power management, control units and memory controllers, which will benefit the merged company.

Broadcom, Avago, LSI patents

Broadcom, Avago and LSI patents related to data centre systems.

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