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Avago-Broadcom solidifies patent stronghold

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

Keywords:patent? Internet of Things?

Inside the merged mobile portfolio

In the mobile sector, the acquisition will give Avago access to Broadcom's patents on base band technology, which will add great value to the company and also help it stave off competition from Qualcomm and MediaTek. Additionally, Avago will benefit from Broadcom's significant number of patents and applications in the domain of transmission systems, data switching systems, multiplexing techniques, etc.

Last year, Broadcom announced its exit from the cellular base band market, after a huge downfall in revenue due to strong competition from Qualcomm, Intel, MediaTek and others. Without base band technology, Broadcom's Wi-Fi chips became less attractive to low-end smartphone makers who prefer offering base band processor integrated with Wi-Fi, in order to gain efficiencies of cost and size. The situation became even worse for Broadcom when their major vendor, Samsung, chose Qualcomm's 28nm quad-core chip over their 40nm alternative. However, Broadcom continues to enjoy a strong presence in broadband and connectivity businesses.

Mobile system

Broadcom, Avago patents related to mobile systems.

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