Under the deal, Cypress acquires Broadcom's Io T products and intellectual property for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zig Bee connectivity, as well as Broadcom's WICED platform and SDK for developers.
The deal combined Broadcom's developer tools and connectivity technologies for Io T devices with Cypress' own programmable system-on-a-chip (So C) products that provide memory, computing and graphics processing for low-power devices.
In 1995 the company moved from its Westwood, Los Angeles office to Irvine, California.
In 1998, Broadcom became a public company on the NASDAQ exchange (ticker symbol: BRCM) and employs about 11,750 people worldwide in more than 15 countries.
Broadcom provided a Linux driver for their Broadcom Crystal HD, and they also hired Eric Anholt, a former Intel employee, to work on a free and open-source graphics device driver for their Video Core IV. It outsources all semiconductor manufacturing to Asian merchant foundries, such as Global Foundries, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, Silterra, TSMC and United Microelectronics Corporation.
The company is based in Irvine, California, in the University Research Park on the University of California, Irvine campus, after a 2007 move from its previous campus near the Irvine Spectrum.
The latest Broadcom Trident ASIC is used in many high-speed 10Gb switches from the largest switch-vendors such as Cisco Nexus switches running NX-OS, Video Core is the GPU found on some systems-on-a-chip (So C)s by Broadcom, the most widely known one being the BCM2835 containing Video Core IV found in the Raspberry Pi. Broadcom "BCM43" series chips provide Wi Fi support in many Android and i Phone devices.
Broadcom's product line spans computer and telecommunication networking: the company has products for enterprise/metropolitan high-speed networks, as well as products for SOHO (small-office, home-office) networks.
Products include transceiver and processor ICs for Ethernet and wireless LANs, cable modems, digital subscriber line (DSL), servers, home networking devices (router, switches, port-concentrators) and cellular phones (GSM/GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA/LTE).
It has many other research and development sites including Silicon Fen, Cambridge (UK), Bangalore and Hyderabad in India, Richmond (near Vancouver) and Markham (near Toronto) in Canada and Sophia Antipolis in France.
On July 14, 2006, Broadcom announced it had to subtract 0 million from earnings due to stock options irregularities. On June 5, 2008, Broadcom co-founder and former CEO Henry Nicholas and former CFO William Ruehle were indicted on charges of illegal stock-option backdating.
Models include the BCM4339 used in phones such as the Nexus 5 (2013) and the BCM4361 used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 (2017).