Broadcom Inc.

Broadcom Inc. is an American designer, developer, manufacturer and global supplier of a wide range of semiconductor and infrastructure software products. Broadcom's product offerings serve the data center, networking, software, broadband, wireless, and storage and industrial markets.

Broadcom Inc.
FormerlyAvago Technologies (1961–2016)
Broadcom Limited (2016–2018)
Computer software
Founded1961; 60 years ago (1961)
HeadquartersSan Jose, California, U.S.
Key people
Henry Samueli
Tan Hock Eng
(President and CEO)
ProductsSemiconductor and infrastructure software products
RevenueIncrease US$23.89 billion (2020)
Increase US$4.01 billion (2020)
Increase US$2.96 billion (2020)
Total assetsIncrease US$75.93 billion (2020)
Total equityDecrease US$23.87 billion (2020)
Number of employees
21,000 (2020)
Footnotes / references

Tan Hock Eng is the company's president and CEO.[2][3] The company is headquartered in San Jose, California.[4][5][6][7] Avago Technologies Limited took the Broadcom part of the Broadcom Corporation name after acquiring it in January 2016. The ticker symbol AVGO that represented old Avago now represents the new merged entity. The Broadcom Corporation ticker symbol BRCM was retired.

Broadcom has a long history of corporate transactions (or attempted transactions) with other prominent corporations mainly in the high-technology space.

In October 2019, the European Union issued an interim antitrust order against Broadcom concerning anticompetitive business practices which allegedly violate European Union competition law.[8]


The company that would later become Broadcom Inc. was established in 1961 as a semiconductor products division of Hewlett-Packard.[9] The division separated from Hewlett-Packard as part of Agilent Technologies in 1999.[5][7][10] KKR and Silver Lake Partners acquired the chip division of Agilent Technologies in 2005 for $2.6 billion and formed Avago Technologies.[5] Avago Technologies agreed to sell its I/O solutions unit to PMC-Sierra for $42.5 million in October 2005.[11] In August 2008, the company filed an initial public offering of $400 million.[12][13] In October 2008, Avago Technologies acquired Infineon Technologies' Munich-based bulk acoustic wave business for €21.5 million.[14] In 2009, Avago Technologies went public on NASDAQ with the ticker symbol AVGO.[10][15] Avago Technologies announced its agreement to acquire CyOptics, an optical chip and component supplier, for $400 million in April 2013.[16][17] The acquisition aimed to expand Avago Technologies' fiber optics product portfolio.[17] In October 2013, Avago Technologies invested $5 million in Amantys, a power electronics technology provider, as part of a strategic investment agreement between the two companies.[18] Avago Technologies announced its agreement to acquire LSI Corporation in December 2013 for $6.6 billion.[5][7][15][19][20] The acquisition helped move Avago Technologies away from specialized products and towards a more mainstream industry, which included chips, especially storage for data centers.[20]

The company sold its SSD controller business to Seagate Technology in May 2014.[21] In August 2014, the company was the ninth largest semiconductor company.[6] Avago Technologies agreed to sell LSI's Axxia Networking business to Intel for $650 million.[10][22] The company also agreed to buy PLX Technology, an integrated circuits designer, for $309 million.[23] In February 2015, it was announced that Avago Technologies Limited had reached an agreement to acquire Emulex Corporation for $8 per share in cash.[24]

On 28 May 2015, Avago announced that it would buy Broadcom Corporation[25] for $37 billion ($17 billion cash and $20 billion in shares).[26] The combined company, which would be named Broadcom Ltd., would have annual revenue of $15 billion and a market value of $77 billion.[27] Broadcom Corp. strengthened Avago Technologies' patent position significantly in sectors such as mobile, the data center and the Internet of Things and made the company the ninth largest holder of patents among the top semiconductor vendors, according to an analysis by technology consulting firm LexInnova.[28] According to the company's web site, the transaction closed on 1 February 2016.[29]

In 2016, Broadcom proposed merging with Brocade Communications Systems. The merger was delayed for review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. In 2017, Broadcom announced it would relocate its legal address from Singapore to Delaware, which would avoid the review.[30] This action was linked to the parent company being renamed from Broadcom Ltd. to Broadcom Inc.[31] The pre-2016-merger Broadcom, Broadcom Corp., remains as a wholly owned subsidiary of the renamed parent Broadcom Inc.

In November 2017, Broadcom proposed to purchase Qualcomm for US$130 billion, which was rebuffed by Qualcomm's board.[32] President Trump blocked the revised $117 billion merger by an executive order that cited national security concerns.[33][34][35]

On 11 July 2018, news sources reported that Broadcom and CA Technologies agreed on terms for $18.9 billion acquisition.[36] And on 5 November 2018 Broadcom announced that it had completed the acquisition of CA Technologies.[37]

On 9 August 2019, news sources reported that Broadcom had decided to acquire the enterprise security business of Symantec Corporation (the consumer software portion of which is now known as NortonLifeLock) for $10.7 billion in cash.[38] And on 4 November 2019 Broadcom announced that it had completed the acquisition of the business, as well as the Symantec name and brand.[39][40][41][42][43] In 2019, Broadcom was announced the 5th best stock of the 2010s, with a total return of 1,956%.[44]

In October 2019, Broadcom was ordered by the European Union to stop allegedly anticompetitive practices.[8]

On January 7, 2020, Accenture plc had agreed to acquire Symantec's 300-person cybersecurity services division from Broadcom.[45]

In February 2020, Broadcom announced the world's first WiFi 6E client device, the BCM4389.[46]


An Apple AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi card that uses a Broadcom chip.

Broadcom provides a broad range of semiconductor and infrastructure software applications that serve the data center, networking, software, broadband, wireless, and storage and industrial markets. Common applications for its products include: data center networking, home connectivity, broadband access, telecommunications equipment, smartphones, base stations, data center servers and storage, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, displays, and mainframe operations and management, and application software development. Some of Broadcom's core technologies and franchise products include:

Core technologiesEdit

  • Broadband Modems
  • Wideband ADC/DACs
  • Custom DSP & ARM CPUs
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/GPS
  • Copper/Optical PHYs
  • Switching Fabrics
  • Analog & DSP SerDes
  • FBAR & RF Front-Ends
  • SAS/SATA/FC/PCIe/Read-Channel
  • VCSEL/DFB Optics
  • Optical Sensing
  • Enterprise Infrastructure Software

Franchise productsEdit

  • Cable/Sat/IP Set-Top Box SoCs
  • Cable Modem/CMTS SoCs
  • Wireless Connectivity Combos
  • Ethernet NICs/Controllers/PHYs
  • Ethernet Switching/Routing SoCs
  • Network Processor SoCs
  • RF Filter and Front-End Modules
  • ASICs (Networking and Compute)
  • HDD/SSD Controllers & HDD PreAmps
  • Enterprise SAS/SATA/FC/PCIe
  • Optical Isolation/Motion Encoders/LED
  • Fiber Optic Products
  • Mainframe Management & Analytics Software
  • Enterprise Software Applications

Symantec enterprise securityEdit

Broadcom operates its enterprise security business under the Symantec brand; Broadcom purchased this business from NortonLifeLock (formerly known as Symantec) in 2019.[47] This includes various more specifically named products and services such as Symantec Security Response.

BizOps technologyEdit

Broadcom also offers products for supporting BizOps, including:[48]

  • Clarity - product portfolio management
  • Rally - agile development, Blaze CT- shift left testing
  • DX Operational Intelligence - AIOps.
  • Agile Requirements Designer - model-based testing optimization of processes

See alsoEdit


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