Find Broadcom Inside Your Wired and Wireless Communication Product

By | May 21, 2023

If you haven’t heard of a company named Broadcom, or haven’t seen their products on store shelves, it is probably because most of Broadcom’s products are contained inside of other manufactures products. You may find their products in satellite and cable set top boxes, cable modems, residential broadband gateways, GPS units, and Wi-Fi phones. Companies that use Broadcom products inside theirs are: Apple, Dell, Cisco, Echostar, HP, Motorola, IBM, Nortel, 3Com, and many others.

It was Henry T. Nicholas III and Henry Samueli Ph.D. that were the founders of Broadcom. Both with military communication IC experience, academic research, and commercial telecommunication backgrounds, they wanted to form a company that dealt with high speed broadband communications. It wasn’t until 1991 that the two men finally paired up after separating ways from TRW, and Pair Gain Technologies. Each man put up $5,000 for the start of Broadcom.

Broadcom’s first year of revenue was $44,000. The founders former employer TRW, was their first customer, purchasing a digital frequency synthesizer. Within the next few years, their revenue amounts increased dramatically from $221,000 in the second, to over $1 million in the third. With these increases they changed their name several times, finally deciding on Broadcom in 1994.

By the year 2000, Broadcom had become a very large company with 2400 employees and revenues over $1 billion. This was the year they reached the 21st U.S. patent, and joined the S & P 500. Over the next seven years, growth never seemed to plateau. By 2007 revenues of over $3.7 billion were being reported, along with over 2000 U.S. patents acquired.

What does Broadcom actually make at their company to gain such growth? Products like semi conductors for wired and wireless communication. The process of broadband delivery through data, voice , and multimedia were all brought to life with Broadcom chips and technologies in the home, office and mobile networks.