Under the deal, Cypress acquires Broadcom's Io T products and intellectual property for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zig Bee connectivity, as well as Broadcom's WICED platform and SDK for developers.
The deal combined Broadcom's developer tools and connectivity technologies for Io T devices with Cypress' own programmable system-on-a-chip (So C) products that provide memory, computing and graphics processing for low-power devices.
Major customers include Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, IBM, Dell, Asus, Lenovo, Linksys, Logitech, Nintendo, Nokia, Nortel(Avaya), Ti Vo, Tenda and Cisco Systems.
In September 2011, Broadcom shut down its digital TV operations.
On January 17, 2018, it was reported that the FTC was investigating whether Broadcam had "engaged in anticompetitive tactics in negotiations with customers," in a probe that had been ongoing for several months.
On July 14, 2006, Broadcom announced it had to subtract 0 million from earnings due to stock options irregularities. On June 5, 2008, Broadcom co-founder and former CEO Henry Nicholas and former CFO William Ruehle were indicted on charges of illegal stock-option backdating.
Broadcom provided a Linux driver for their Broadcom Crystal HD, and they also hired Eric Anholt, a former Intel employee, to work on a free and open-source graphics device driver for their Video Core IV.These are So C devices with a Cortex R4 for processing the MAC and MLME layers and a proprietary Broadcom processor for the 802.11 physical layer.In April 2017, Google's Project Zero investigated Broadcom's So C Wi Fi stack and found that it lacked "all basic exploit mitigations - including stack cookies, safe unlinking and access permission protection," allowing "full device takeover by Wi-Fi proximity alone, requiring no user interaction." Since the release of the 2.6.26 kernel some Broadcom chips have kernel support but require external firmware to be built.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 chipset was adopted by Linksys which was later purchased by Cisco.