May 22, 2003 |
Agere Systems Inc. and rival communications chip maker Broadcom Corp. traded patent-infringement lawsuits accusing each other of stealing technology without paying for it. Agere says Broadcom is impermissibly using its inventions related to modems, circuitry and wireless local area networks. Broadcom claims Agere is the one that's using technology for semiconductors without permission. Irvine-based Broadcom says Allentown, Pa.
September 21, 2004 |
Broadcom Corp. said it had agreed to acquire Alphamosaic Ltd., a privately held British maker of multimedia processors used in mobile devices, for about $123 million in cash and stock. Under the agreement, the Irvine-based semiconductor company would give Cambridge-based Alphamosaic about 4.17 million shares of Broadcom common stock, worth about $120.3 million based on Friday's closing price of $28.86 on Nasdaq. Broadcom also would give Alphamosaic about $2.7 million in cash.
March 3, 2000
Irvine chip developer Broadcom Corp. said Thursday it has completed the acquisitions of BlueSteel Networks Inc. and Digital Furnace Corp. by swapping more than 1.34 million shares for the two companies. Based on Thursday's closing price for Broadcom stock, the value of both deals combined was $276.8 million. Broadcom gained 13 cents to end the day at $206.13 a share. BlueSteel Networks in Mountain View develops high-performance Internet security processors.
August 17, 1999 |
Broadcom Corp., the leading maker of semiconductors for cable modems, unveiled a chip that lets computer-networking equipment process video, voice and Internet data more efficiently at a lower cost. Broadcom said its StrataSwitch chip, costing about $100, performs functions of chip sets costing $500 to $1,000. It would be used in switches that receive information from computers in a network and transmit it to other computers or switches.
June 12, 2001 |
Broadcom Corp., the largest maker of semiconductors for cable modems, said Monday it has developed a chip that triples the speed of sending voice and Internet content over cable-television lines. Broadcom also has developed a semiconductor that more than doubles the speed of receiving data, the Irvine company said. The chips will be used in the equipment that enables data to travel over cable networks.
October 26, 2001 |
The U.S. International Trade Commission has barred the U.S. sale of certain communications chip products designed by a Broadcom Corp. subsidiary that infringe two Intel Corp. chip packaging patents. The chips and products that infringe the Intel patents, designed by Irvine-based Broadcom subsidiary Altima Communications Inc., are made overseas.
January 28, 2005 |
Microchip maker Broadcom Corp. said fourth-quarter profit climbed to $71.1 million after sales rose for the 11th straight period. Net income increased to 20 cents a share from $6.08 million, or 2 cents a share, a year earlier, the Irvine-based company said. Sales rose 13% to $539.4 million. Alan "Lanny" Ross, in his final quarter as chief executive, managed to weather a glut of chips in the satellite industry and report Broadcom's highest profit ever by expanding into wireless products.
May 8, 2007 |
A judge Monday denied a request by Broadcom Corp. founders Henry Nicholas and Henry Samueli and other company directors to dismiss a lawsuit filed by investors accusing them of improperly backdating stock options. U.S. District Judge Manuel Real made the ruling at a hearing in Los Angeles federal court without further comment. Real last month denied a similar motion by the Irvine-based company to dismiss the case for lack of merit.
March 4, 2003 |
Broadcom Corp., the biggest designer of semiconductor chips for cable modems, asked a U.S. trade agency to block rival Microtune Inc. from importing tuners, power amplifiers and other products to the U.S. Broadcom asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate whether Microtune, which makes radio frequency tuners used in cable modems and digital television sets, is importing products that are made using Broadcom's patented technology.
January 30, 2009 |
Broadcom Corp. swung to a loss of $159.2 million, or 32 cents a share, in the fourth quarter after it took big charges for an acquisition and a write-down in a division's value. Sales topped forecasts, but shares dropped 4% in after-hours trading as the Irvine chip designer revealed that it was freezing salaries and cutting 200 workers, or 3% of its staff. A year earlier, Broadcom posted a profit of $90.3 million, or 16 cents a share. Broadcom's first-quarter sales guidance of $800 million to $875 million fell short of Wall Street's forecast.