Broadcom enters GPS market

Broadcom’s 146M acquisition announcement of GPS chipset and software maker Global Locate diversifies its semi portfolio into GPS silicon, while adding an extensive GPS IP patent arsenal supporting the never-ending litigation with Qualcomm.

With the acquisition of Global Locate, Broadcom will be the only semiconductor supplier in the world with top-tier customers in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM radio and GPS, four of the key wireless technologies now being added to next generation mobile phones, said Robert A. Rango, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Wireless Connectivity Group. We are also pleased to add Global Locate's strong patent portfolio of over 175 issued and pending U.S. and foreign patents to our already robust patent portfolio.