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Qualcomm smacks down Broadcom takeover bid

Qualcomm smacks down Broadcom takeover bid

Last week, Broadcom announced its intent to purchase massive mobile chip maker Qualcomm. At the time, Broadcom said that it was prepared to offer as much as $130 billion dollars to take control of Qualcomm. That's no small amount of money, and it would have ranked as the tech industry's largest acquisition ever.

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Broadcom makes $130bn Qualcomm bid: Why it matters to Apple

Broadcom makes $130bn Qualcomm bid: Why it matters to Apple

Get ready for a big shake-up in what's inside your next smartphone, as Broadcom makes a huge bid to snap up silicon rival Qualcomm. The proposal comes in at a whopping $130 billion, and would see two of the most prolific semiconductor companies combine. It's big news for shareholders, but could give clients of the two firms - like Apple - some sleepless nights.

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Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

We could soon be looking at the largest ever technology acquisition, in addition to an even smaller number of mobile chip suppliers in the market. Broadcom is reportedly in talks to buy Qualcomm — both huge chipmakers in their own right — for an estimated $100 billion. While the two companies have faced off in various patent battles over the last few years, it appears their overlapping businesses, not to mention a potentially rough future for Qualcomm, have prompted acquisition discussions.

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Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for future iPhone wireless charging

Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for future iPhone wireless charging

Rumors have been flying for some time now about what we can expect with Apple's redesigned "iPhone 8" sometime this year or in 2018, and one of the oft-reported features coming to the device is wireless charging. The latest news on the topic is that Apple is working with chip manufacturer Broadcom on a solution, according to JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur.

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Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Four years after the launch of the original Raspberry Pi, the new Raspberry Pi 3 has appeared with several very important new features. This version of the device - the $35 computer, that is to say - comes with two essential features that've been relegated to accessories until now. Both Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi are now built-in with this Raspberry Pi 3, freeing up room for more ports for more projects and more freedom for the device on its own!

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Broadcom WICED platform fully certified for Apple HomeKit

Broadcom WICED platform fully certified for Apple HomeKit

Looks like things are heating up at home. Apple's smart home, that is. Joining a relatively few number of companies, Broadcom has just announced that its WICED platform, which stands for Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices, has been certified to comply with Apple's stringent requirements for HomeKit compatibility. Now anyone who wants to get into the Internet of Things business will be able to easily integrate with Apple's devices. All they need is to make use of Broadcom's wireless chips and its WICED SDK.

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Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Today we took the Raspberry Pi 2 out of the box and the static shielding bag to give it a first start-up and go. As you'd expect, loading software to an SD card is much the same as it was in the past - except here you're using a much smaller microSD card instead. After that, you've got a more powerful processor and 1GB of RAM to work, so it's time to get quick. Today we're checking in on the basics - getting an operating system running and heading to boot.

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Broadcom and Comcast team for gigabit cable internet service

Broadcom and Comcast team for gigabit cable internet service

If you want the really fast internet speeds in the gigabit range, you may think you need to be in an area served by fiber optic service of one flavor or another. That may not be true this year with Comcast and Broadcom teaming up to roll out gigabit cable internet service in some parts of the country. Broadcom announced at CES 2015 that it has started to sample its first DOCSIS 3.1 chip.

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Open Interconnect Consortium formed to push IoT forward

Open Interconnect Consortium formed to push IoT forward

The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is really becoming a thing now that a consortium has been formed around it. The Open Interconnect Consortium is spearheaded by a literal few of the players in that nascent smart industry, like Samsung and Intel, but perhaps more interesting are the names that are not on the founders list.

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Wireless charging standards destroyed by Broadcom’s one chip [UPDATE]

Wireless charging standards destroyed by Broadcom’s one chip [UPDATE]

Broadcom is a company that creates chips for computers of all kinds, including smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. This week they’ve decided to play a new hand in the wireless charging business by bringing on the "BCM59350 wireless power receiver chip." This chip allows whatever device its planted in to use any wireless charging pad it likes.

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Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple is reportedly poaching Broadcom engineers as it develops its own baseband processors, the complex chips responsible for the wireless connectivity in iPhones and iPads, as the iOS company tries to take further control of the future of its hardware. Two high-profile hires this year, most recently former Broadcom principle engineer and chip lead Paul Chang, join a roughly 30-strong Apple team made up of ex-Broadcom and Qualcomm experts, insiders claim.

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Android Wear hardware partners include Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and ASUS

Android Wear hardware partners include Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and ASUS

Android Wear aims to bring a Google revolution to wearables, and among them a variety of hardware partners are already lined up: Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUS, Motorola, and more. Among those, LG and Motorola have both already announced their upcoming entrants into the Android Wear market with two smartwatches: an LG G Watch and Moto 360 smartwatch.

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