Tag - Broadcom
Apple supplier Broadcom is forecasting 20 percent sequential growth in its wireless division over the next quarter. Without calling out Apple specifically, Broadcom CEO Hock Tan said that this could be put down almost entirely to a "North American company," which is ramping up orders for parts for its next-generation smartphone -- the Broadcom parts in question are wireless baseband chips. The jump in growth is said to be in line with previous quarters, suggesting that Apple is expecting the typical surge in demand that normally comes with the annual launch of its latest flagship iPhone.
The California Institute of Technology has filed suit against Broadcom and Apple over four specific and highly-technical Wi-Fi patents, accusing Broadcom of infringement -- and thus Apple, which uses Broadcom Wi-Fi radios in most of its products. At present, Caltech is seeking a jury trial and both a sales injunction on possible infringing products and "adequate" damages for the alleged infringement.
Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $37 billion. Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined company is expecting to generate combined annual revenues of approximately $15 billion.
The first home automation products based on Apple's HomeKit platform probably won't ship until spring, sources say. Reports note, for instance, that specifications weren't issued to chipmakers until October, and that the MFI licensing program for HomeKit only began in November. More recently, chipmaker Broadcom has been working with some customers to develop HomeKit devices using an existing chip design, in lieu of it having fully-certified software ready.
The Apple Watch's S1 processor appears to be paired with a Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi module, says research firm Chipworks. The claim is based on an analysis of Apple's promotional video, during which viewers can briefly see the circuitboard the watch uses. Contacts near the top of the board are believed to match a BCM4334 flip-bonded directly.
Today, Broadcom has announced it is looking for an exit from the baseband chip market. The company released a statement saying that they are "exploring strategic alternatives for its cellular baseband business, including a potential sale or wind-down." Leaving the baseband business could mean a large cost savings for the company, as well as moving out of a market dominated by Qualcomm.
In an attempt to tie together the fragmented wireless charging market, Broadcom has introduced a new chip that should speed along the process of device manufacturers picking a wireless charging standard to support. Rather than waiting for the market to decide on the winner based on device sales, Broadcom has launched the BCM59350, a single chip that includes the three largest standards in the market.
Apple's suspected movements towards in-house baseband development are unlikely to bear any fruit in new iPhones until 2015 at the earliest, says JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall. Baseband chips are said to be "notoriously difficult" to develop. As evidence he refers to Broadcom, which despite being the source of some of Apple's recent hires, struggled to develop an LTE modem.
Two senior baseband engineers have left Broadcom for Apple this year, says AppleInsider. One of these is Paul Chang, who worked at Broadcom for 11 years, and was the RF hardware lead on baseband transceivers used by Nokia and Samsung. Chang's name is also on three Broadcom patents related to circuit manufacturing. According to his LinkedIn profile, Chang is now a senior program manager at Apple, having joined the company in February.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is celebrating the second birthday of the Raspberry Pi, by announcing over 2.5 million sales of the $35 computer, and by offering a bounty for developers. The first person to run Quake III on the microcomputer using new drivers for Broadcom's VideoCore IV 3D graphics core "at a playable framerate" will receive $10,000.