Broadcom to acquire VMware in US$61 billion deal

Chipmaker Broadcom has announced a deal to acquire cloud computing firm VMware in one of the tech industry’s biggest ever acquisitions. The US$61 billion agreement is the second-largest acquisition of the year following Microsoft’s US$68.7 billion deal for game publisher Activision Blizzard. Broadcom is offering US$142.50 in cash or 0.2520 of a Broadcom share for […]

Broadcom has a monopoly in TV semiconductor industry, FTC concludes 

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved an order settling charges against Broadcom. A complaint brought against the semiconductor firm alleged that Broadcom “illegally monopolised markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and broadband internet services through exclusive dealing and related conduct.” The FTC found that Broadcom secured restrictive contracts which stopped rival […]

Broadcom settles TV chip monopoly case

The US Federal Trade Commission has settled an antitrust complaint with Broadcom, charging the vendor with illegal monopolisation. In particular, Broadcom has been charged with illegally monopolising markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and broadband internet services through exclusive dealing and related conduct. The regulator however has issued a proposed consent order to […]

Broadcom commits to stop locking in set-top OEMs to head off EC action

The European Commission is to seek the views of “interested parties” after chipset giant Broadcom agreed to make changes to its agreements with set-top and modem vendors to head off possible fines for breaches of competition rules. The EC could potentially make the commitments from the company binding. If Broadcom subsequently breaks the agreement it […]

Verimatrix teams up with Broadcom for Android TV set-tops

Content security specialist Verimatrix has teamed up with Broadcom to streamline Android TV set-top box deployments. By pre-integrating components of the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System with Broadcom’s Android TV Platform, the pair claim to offer a fast time-to-market for video service providers looking to launch Android TV streaming, including 4K/UHD services. Designed to meet […]

EU orders Broadcom to stop exclusivity deals

Chipmaker Broadcom has been ordered to halt any exclusivity deals with TV makers amid investigations from the EU’s antitrust enforcers.  As reported by Reuters, the European Commission had warned of a possible interim measure in June, with the vendor’s deals alleged to be anticompetitive.  It is alleged that Broadcom has tied six TV set-top box […]

Broadcom joins RDK Video Accelerator programme with new portfolio

Broadcom has announced an expanded relationship with open source platform creator RDK that sees it join the RDK Video Accelerator programme. In addition, Broadcom has introduced a portfolio of pre-integrated RDK-based chipset solutions.   RDK is an open source software platform for the connected home that standardises core functions used in broadband, video, and IoT connected […]

OBS teams with Nagra and Broadcom for DVB Android extension

Ocean Blue Software (OBS) has partnered with Nagra and Broadcom, to extend the DVB in Android integration as required to support Nagra conditional access. OBS says that this collaboration will improve on the increased time-to-market strengths of Android TV while enabling premium-grade security for Android TV in full compliance with Google MediaCas framework. This effectively […]

EU opens antitrust investigation into Broadcom 

The European Union has opened an investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices by Broadcom.  The commission will assess whether Broadcom has enforced exclusivity agreements to leverage its position and block competitors. In particular, the investigation will look at Broadcom chipsets for set-top boxes and modems.  While the investigation is ongoing, the EU says that it intends […]

AirTies teams up with Broadcom for WiFi 6

In-home WiFi and consumer premises equipment specialist AirTies has struck a strategic partnership with chipset giant Broadcom to pre-integrate its Smart WiFi software into Broadcom’s WiFi 6 drivers, making it easier for operators to bring AirTies’ solutions to third-party gateways. In addition, AirTies will use Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 chipsets in a new class of Mesh extenders […]

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