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[Update]Broadcom rumored to acquire Qualcomm

The resulting company after the merger would rival Samsung for most IPs under one roof. (Source: Engadget)
The resulting company after the merger would rival Samsung for most IPs under one roof. (Source: Engadget)
Since Qualcomm is known to go through some financial problems with the Apple lawsuit, the company could benefit from a change of management. Broadcom is currently considering to help with that, and Qualcomm's acquisition could result in a more consolidated market.
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Update: Broadcom has revealed its unsolicited proposal to acquire Qualcomm for $70.00 per share in cash and stock, and the transaction is valued at US$130 billion. If the deal goes through, it would become the largest technology acquisition in IT&C history.

Qualcomm has been in the spotlight for the last several years, be it due to its quality Snapdragon system-on-chip models that power the best smartphones and tablets, or some lawsuit against big companies like Intel and Apple. The company has had a tough time this year, as it got involved in an ongoing costly Apple lawsuit, so its latest Q4 2017 financial report does not look too good. Snapdragon chip sales were not affected, so Qualcomm is not really showing signs of weakness. However, according to Bloomberg, Broadcom is considering a merger with Qualcomm, in order to further consolidate the market. Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Stacy Rasgon indicates that a change of management at Qualcomm would also speed up the resolution of the Apple lawsuit, making the Snapdragon chip business more valuable in the process.

Broadcom is known for its networking products, as well as for ultra-low power CPU and GPU solutions like those that come with the Raspberry Pi DIY computers. The California-based company was acquired by Avago Technologies from Singapore last year. Qualcomm, on the other hand, is doing some acquisition work of its own, as it is in the process of absorbing NXP Semiconductor – a company that previously bought Freescale Semiconductor a few years ago.

The merger between Broadcom and Qualcomm would probably create one of the biggest chipmaker companies in the world, rivaling Samsung when it comes to the largest set of IPs. Since Qualcomm is mostly associated with its Snapdragon chips, the company is likely to retain its name, becoming the mobile SoC branch of Broadcom rather.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1506 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2017-11- 7 (Update: 2017-11- 7)