Samsung and Intel are big chip makers, but Broadcom can start to join the club of the best chip makers and end up being the third largest chipmaker in the world. But firsts they need to do one thing: acquire Qualcomm.
Broadcom is planning to buy Qualcomm for about $103 billion if the deal succeeds, and that will be the largest acquisition in tech history. Qualcomm are best known for the default system on a chip called SoC and cellular modem vendor in most smartphones.
Qualcomm is famous for its near minopoly on the high-end smart phone SoC market with its «Snapdragon» line of chips.
Snapdragon semiconductors are embedded in devices of various systems, including Android and Windows Phone devices. They are also used for netbooks, in cars, wearable devices and other devices.
Snapdragon is a suite of system on a chip (SoC) semiconductor products designed and marketed by Qualcomm for mobile devices. The Snapdragon central processing unit (CPU) uses the ARM RISC instruction set, and a single SoC may include multiple CPU cores, a graphics processing unit (GPU), a wireless modem, and other software and hardware to support a smartphone`s global positioning system (GPS), camera, gesture recognition and video.
Samsung and Apple does not use Qualcomm`s operating system which means they are both competing with Qualcomm. Samsung have its own Exynos line system and Apple makes it sown SoC system for its iPhone and iPad.
But in the U.S, Samsung use Qualcomm chips only for this market and Apple has packaged a separate Qualcomm chip with the iPhone, but the company recently had the audacity to use an Intel modem in some iPhone models.
Broadcomm and Qualcomm combined will be big and that can make the prices go up. Google can do something with that. They want to improve its own Android, VR and AR and have sent a list of requests to other chip makers for future SoC designs. They also want to build its own processors.
According to Reuters, Broadcom Ltd made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm Inc on Monday.
Qualcomm`s share price skyrocketed before the dot-com-bubble. It reached nearly $90 but have never recovered. The stock has declined in two years from 2014 to 2016 and now it is trading at $62 on Monday.
It is another story for Broadcom. The stock has gone straight up since April 2016. On Monday, the stock reached an all-time high at $277.
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