Qualcomm gets record breaking $130 billion offer from Broadcom

Qualcomm gets record breaking $130 billion offer from Broadcom
This morning, Semiconductor producer Broadcom offered a record breaking $130 billion for mobile chip maker Qualcomm. The deal would be the largest of all-time in the tech sector, and works out to $70 in cash and stock. That is a 28% premium for Qualcomm's shares computed from Thursday's close. That was the last day that Qualcomm traded without talk of an impending bid from Broadcom. Broadcom will assume $25 billion in Qualcomm debt, which is included in the total amount of the transaction.

If the deal is agreed to by stock holders and regulators, the combined company will be the world's third largest chip manufacturer after Intel and Samsung. Qualcomm, which is the midst of a number of lawsuits with Apple over patent royalties, has been accused of not attempting to license its standard essential patents using a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory process. The firm is known for its Snapdragon chipsets, which power Android phones, and it also makes modem chips for Android and iOS flavored handsets. There is speculation that due to its feud with Apple, the latter is designing out Qualcomm modems for the 2018 iPhone models, and will go with Intel and MediaTek.


Acquiring Qualcomm helps cover gaps in Broadcom's product lineup related to chips for 4G and 5G networks. Filling a product gap might make it easier for Broadcom to sell the deal to the FCC and the DOJ, as regulatory approval is going to be required. The sheer size of the transaction will force Washington to look at it closely before giving Broadcom the approval it will need to close the acquisition. That level of scrutiny could take months, if not a year, to complete.

source: CNBC

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32 Comments

1. Peacetoall unregistered

Qualcomm do it just do it.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1296; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Good, maybe they will get some smart people in there to apples chip designs..... yo... phone arena.... i cant even see half my comment cause of these ads.... WTF

11. Peacetoall unregistered

Snapdragon 801 and 805 were the best chipset designed by QC

22. bucknassty

Posts: 1296; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yes, and apple looked at them and said, catch me now.... they dropped the 810, hottest thing on the block (pun intended) and havent caught up since

23. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Yeah the ads are ridiculous! I've been using ad blocker since the ads have made it impossible to read some articles without refreshing several times

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.htm The Best Smartphone Display · The iPhone X is the most innovative and high performance Smartphone display that we have ever tested. · First we need to congratulate Samsung Display for developing and manufacturing the outstanding OLED display hardware in the iPhone X. · But what makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration that Apple developed that transforms the OLED hardware into a superbly accurate, high performance, and gorgeous display!! DisplayMate just gave the X the best smartphone display ever tested...did not expect this at all tbh Also record high brightness for the X.. -A record high Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones of 634 nits, Ill congrats Apple on this actually, no one even remotely thought the X would have a better display than the Note 8

3. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

What is the relevance of this to the article?

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

You are right Terry. People post links to other news stories on articles all the time, I am just genuinely surprised at this thats why and I think many others will be too.. this is a pretty big deal Okay, back on article topic; if Broadcom buys out Qualcomm, they will become even better SoC makers, $130 billion dollars...

25. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You only asked that question because the article from that link exalts the iPhone X, and not Samsung or another Android OEM. People need to drop the sheeple mindset.

5. Peacetoall unregistered

All credit goes to samsung. Remember samsung also helped apple to calibrate the display.plus samsung note 8 can max out over 1200 nits of brightness

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

No it doesn't, you have to give credit also to Apple's advanced display calibration techniques and skills, Samsung provided the high quality OLED panels, Apple applied their advanced display calibration techniques to it and got a better result Samsung Note 8 also can only max out at 1200 nits when 99% of the screen is black and 1% of it is white, it's actual normal max brightness levels are around 550-600 nits with auto brightness on, lower than the X, People don't even bother to read the DisplayMate review to know this, they just read headlines "For most image content the Galaxy Note8 provides over 490 cd/m2 (Luminance, which is a measure of Brightness sometimes called nits), comparable or higher than most LCD displays in this size class. The measured Brightness on the Home screen is even higher at over 540 nits. it hits around 550-600 nits on auto brightness in the sun when using the phone DisplayMate said this about X screen; "-A record high Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones of 634 nits," Record high full screen brightness for the X

26. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why in the world should ALL credit go to Samsung? What part of "what makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration that Apple developed that transforms the OLED hardware into a superbly accurate, high performance, and gorgeous display!!" did you not get?

31. jacky899

Posts: 373; Member since: May 16, 2017

They forget that the display was designed by Apple and manufactured by Samsung. This is the reason why the Iphone X has a better display than the Note 8.

6. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Note8- -Has way more display features and settings than the iPhone X -If it weren't for Samsung, Apple wouldn't have an iPhone X, it would just be the 8 lineup. -In my own testing, and many others, the Note8 has more accurate colors, better HDR, is faster than the iPhone X, and, in opinions all across the internet, the Note 8 is the best, most beautiful display ever created, even more so than the iPhone X. -The Galaxy s8 has 113% DPI-P3 and 142% of sRGB. -The Galaxy s8, s8+ and Note8 have all set the record for the brightest smartphone display ever, at over 1,000 nits of brightness. -Record high brightness for the Note8, at 1,000 nits. -OLED and AMOLED are considered to be in the same category, so it's a record for OLED phones for Samsung on that one. -Samsung's Note8 display has one of the highest resolution displays as well. All of what you just said has been debunked by the same website you used. You should do a little more research, buddy. http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S8_ShootOut_01.htm

9. mikehunta727 unregistered

You literally linked an older article from months ago from the same DisplayMate than I did LOL...my information is newer, up to date, and DisplayMate says the X breaks' their records today. Do you even know how to read? Nope, the Note 8 and S8 can't hit 1000 nits on full screen brightness, that's only when 99% of the screen is black and 1% of the screen is on, not full screen like normally using your phone "-A record high Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones of 634 nits," Record high full screen brightness for the X, higher than the S8/Note 8 I think you should take a step back from your keyboard and take a break from the computer Everything you said has been disproved by DisplayMate today about the X, it is now the best display out there, purely objective. DisplayMate has literally said that the X is the "best smartphone display we ever tested" The Best Smartphone Display · The iPhone X is the most innovative and high performance Smartphone display that we have ever tested. You can eat that crow now , buddy. I am just here to report the facts, don't get them twisted

12. Peacetoall unregistered

1000 nit > 638 nit No

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

Who cares how bright the screen gets when the screen is 99% black and 1% on, the X hits 800 nits in that regard. We actually use our phones and have the screen on, X has higher full screen brightness over the Note 8 when watching videos, web browsing, everything, its brighter on the X DisplayMate literally said this themselves, the X has the highest Full screen brightness on a smartphone ever.

14. Peacetoall unregistered

Same displaymate claimed note 8 can go upto 1000 nit and same display mate claims iphone X can go upto 638 nit. So I think note 8 is far superior than iphone x. Btw both the displays are manufactured by samsung.

17. mikehunta727 unregistered

No one cares what you think because its wrong, DisplayMate states otherwise that the X display is superior and the best display ever tested by them ever

30. hallihallo.87

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yeah. Best display and a stunning notch XD And 2 batteries, because they can't understand to build a big battery (2 batteries = bigger chance for a faulty battery). USB-C vs. Lightning. Do i have to say more? :P

27. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

But the iPhone X, according to DisplayMate, currently holds the title of the best display. Deal with it!

29. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You just wasted your time by linking an old article while disputing a new one from the same site. Just dumb!

13. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Lmao you are retarded It doesn't have the best display, not even close. Absolutely not the brightest.

21. mikehunta727 unregistered

I'll go with DisplayMate saying the X is the brightest full screen display they ever tested and the best display they ever tested over your post k thanks I think you are the dumb one here, go do your own testing on the display than and report back to us. displayMate already did that for us and gave us their results

28. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It's you and your kind who would readily link DisplayMate's articles to extol your darling Galaxies. Now, the table has turned and you are spewing s**t. . If it doesn't have the best display, which one does? And while telling us, don't hesitate to share your source(s).

10. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Broadcom itself is only worth $110 billion. Where the hell is it gonna find $130 billion to buy Qualcomm with? Besides, Qualcomm is gonna balloon in value real fast in the next 5-10 years and will be worth a lot more than $130 bills. I wouldn't sell, no way.

15. Peacetoall unregistered

I think if broadcom is willing to buy QC for $110billion then they obviously may have calculated QC future market trend

19. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

@Peacetoall. Nah, Broadcom is totally trying to lowball Qualcomm with that piddly $130 bil offer. Qualcomm was worth $137 bil back in 2014.

18. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

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20. KeyserSoze

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