Profile: Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O)
22 Nov 2017
Broadcom Limited, incorporated on March 3, 2015, is a designer, developer and global supplier of a range of semiconductor devices with a focus on digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based devices and analog III-V based products. The Company operates through four segments: Wired Infrastructure, Wireless Communications, Enterprise Storage and Industrial & Other. It offers a range of products that are used in end-products, such as enterprise and data center networking, home connectivity, set-top boxes (STBs), broadband access, telecommunication equipment, smartphones, data center servers and storage systems, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and electronic displays. Its product portfolio ranges from discrete devices to complex sub-systems that include multiple device types, and also includes firmware for interfacing between analog and digital systems. Its products include mechanical hardware that interfaces with optoelectronic or capacitive sensors.
Wired Infrastructure Segment
The Company provides semiconductor solutions for enabling the set-top box and broadband access markets. It also provides a range of semiconductor solutions, which manage the movement of data in data center, telecom, enterprise and server message block (SMB)/remote office or branch office (ROBO) networking applications. Its Wired Infrastructure Segment includes Set-Top Box Solutions, Broadband Access Solutions, Ethernet Switching and Routing, Embedded processors and controllers, Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), Physical Layer Devices and Fiber optic components.
The Company offers System-On-Chip (SoC) platform solutions for cable, satellite, Internet Protocol, over-the-top and terrestrial STBs. Its families of STB solutions support a range of resolutions, such as standard definition, high definition (HD) and Ultra HD. It offers SoC platform solutions for digital subscriber line (DSL), cable and fiber, for both central office deployments and consumer premise equipment (CPE). For CPE deployments, the Company supports broadband modems, wireless local area network (WLAN), routers, as well as residential gateway solutions. For central office deployment, its solutions include cable modem termination systems (CMTS) for cable, optical line terminations (OLTs) for fiber, and DSL access multiplexers (DSLAMs) for DSL. It offers a set of Ethernet switching and routing products that are optimized for data center implementations, service provider networks, enterprise and SMB/ROBO. Its embedded processors utilize its advanced reduced instruction set computer machine (ARM) central processing unit (CPU), and Ethernet switching technology to deliver SoCs for high performance embedded applications in a range of communication products, such as voice-over-Internet-protocol (VOIP), telephony, point-of-sale devices and enterprise and retail access points and gateways. For data center and enterprise networking, and high performance compute applications, it supplies high speed SerDes technology integrated into ASICs. Its high performance Ethernet transceivers are built upon a digital signal processing communication architecture optimized for high-speed network connections and support features, such as Ethernet, data encryption and time synchronization. It supplies optical laser and receiver components to the Ethernet networking, storage, and access, metro- and long-haul telecommunication markets.
Wireless Communications Segment
The Wireless Communications Segment includes radio frequency (RF) semiconductor devices, connectivity solutions and custom touch controllers. The Company's RF semiconductor devices selectively filter, as well as amplify RF signals. It offers commercial film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) filters. Its RF products include RF front end modules (FEMs) that incorporate multiple die into multi-function RF devices, duplexers and multiplexers, which are a combination of over two transmit and receive filters in a device, using its FBAR technology, discrete filters and discrete power amplifiers. Its connectivity solutions include discrete and integrated wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth solutions, location, such as global positioning system (GPS)/global navigation satellite system (GNSS) controllers and touch controllers. It also offers a family of GPS, assisted-GPS (A-GPS) and GNSS semiconductor products, software and data services. Its touch controllers process signals from touch screens in smartphones and tablets.
Enterprise Storage Segment
The Company's enterprise storage products enable movement of digital data to and from host machines, such as servers, personal computers and storage systems to the underlying storage devices, such as hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). It provides serial attached small computer system interface (SAS) and redundant array of independent disks (RAID) controller and adapter solutions to server and storage system original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). These solutions enable secure and high speed data transmission between a host computer, such as a server, and storage peripheral devices, such as HDD, SSD and optical disk drives, and disk and tape-based storage systems. It also provides interconnect semiconductors that support the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) and PCI Express (PCIe) communication standards. It provides fiber channel host bus adapters (HBAs), which connect host computers, such as servers to Fiber Channel Storage Area Networks (FC SANs). It provides read channel-based SoCs and preamplifiers to HDD OEMs. It also provides custom flash controllers to SSD OEMs.
Industrial & Other
The Company provides a range of products for the general industrial and automotive markets. Its Industrial & Other segment includes Optocouplers, Industrial Fiber Optics, Motion Encoders and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). It offers optical isolators or optocouplers, which provide electrical insulation and signal isolation for signaling systems that are susceptible to electrical noise or interference. For industrial networking, it provides optical transceivers using plastic optical fiber that enable interoperable networking and factory automation. For industrial motors and robotic motion control, the Company supplies optical encoders, as well as integrated circuits (ICs) for the controller and decoder functions. For electronic signs and signals, it supplies LED assemblies, enabling it to support traffic signals, commercial signs and other displays.
The Company competes with Cavium Inc., Intel Corporation, Finisar Corp., GlobalFoundries Inc., HiSilicon Technologies Co. Ltd., Lumentum Operations LLC, MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc., Marvell Corp., Mediatek Inc., Mellanox Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, NXP Semiconductors N.V., Quantenna Inc., ST Microelectronics N.V., Sumitomo Corporation, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Qorvo, Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Skyworks Solutions, Inc., TDK-EPC Corporation, Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., Microsemi Corp., Texas Instruments, Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Cree, Inc., Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Heidenhain Corporation, Renesas Electronics Corporation and Toshiba Corporation.
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