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The division is headquartered in Irvine, California.Broadcom Corporation was founded by professor-student pair Henry Samueli and Henry Nicholas from UCLA in 1991.Broadcom Corporation was an American fabless semiconductor company that made products for the wireless and broadband communication industry.It was acquired by Avago Technologies in 2016 and currently operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of the merged entity called Broadcom Limited.As part of the settlement, Qualcomm paid 1 million in cash to Broadcom over a four-year period ending June 2013. They found that these Qualcomm microchips infringe patents owned by Broadcom.The Broadcom logo was designed by Eliot Hochberg, based on the logo for the company's previous name, Broadband Telecom.In October, Broadcom released parts of the Raspberry Pi userland under a BSD-style license.
In 2003 the Free Software Foundation accused Broadcom of not complying with the GNU General Public License as Broadcom distributed GPL code in a driver for its 802.11g router chipset without making that code public.
The company also produces ICs for carrier access equipment, audio/video processors for digital set-top boxes and digital video recorders, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi transceivers and RF receivers/tuners for satellite TV.
Major customers include Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, IBM, Dell, Asus, Lenovo, Linksys, Logitech, Nintendo, Nokia, Nortel(Avaya), Ti Vo, Tenda and Cisco Systems.
In 2012 the Linux Foundation listed Broadcom as one of the Top 10 companies contributing to the development of the Linux Kernel for 2011, placing it in the top 5 percent of an estimated 226 contributing companies.
The foundation's Linux Kernel Development report also noted that, during the course of the year, Broadcom submitted 2,916 changes to the kernel.