The SiByte parts I'm familiar with were the BCM1125 and BCM1250. These were pretty cutting edge at the time (circa 2004) and I'm pretty sure thy had some decent design wins. Broadcom still has a white paper up at http://www.broadcom.com/collateral/wp/1250-WP100-R.pdf
I believe a good deal of the SiByte staff founded PA Semi, which was later acquired by apple before the chips hit production.
I don't support "merging". I believe consequences from merging are
2. Less competitiveness
3. Less efficient in product
I hope law makers should revise those consequences carefully, not just looking at $$$.
What makes you think that they will switch to ARM. Networking world is loaded with PowerPC/MIPs guys. ARM is a distant dream. I am amazed at how people blindly believe ARM is going to be everything. ARM is a decade behind everyone--PPC/MIPS/x86. Dream on!!!
@ Luis, back in 2000, Broadcom bought SiByte for $2B for their MIPS Embedded processor. Let me ask you in the last 11 years, have you heard of any Embedded processors coming out of Broadcom? It is that much of a debacle!! Looking at the string of M&A from Broadcom in the last few years, looks like they want to be the Cisco of Semiconductor world.
Very interesting and I guess they have set their sight, this time serisouly, on figuring in the ever growing comm market. I got an inkling that they might bet their futures with ARM in this space while still retaining the existing product portfolio.
I was wondering if Broadcom was going to do with this new division? It seems to be a bold and expensive move given the economy. I am not sure I understand the rational behind the purchase but I look forward to hearing about the new products/directions that will flow out of this purchase. Time will tell.
Hey Rick, you dont mention anything about Broadcom's failed experiment before with MIPS processor for the embedded market! Come on. In stead of numbers and a catchy/wierd title, where is the analysis? Where are the tough questions? Dont give me an Ad-Article. Broadcom is already sold on this acquisition, so you dont have to sell it to them or me. Give me a journalistic article. Does Broadcom want to focus on it's failing (or not so successful) smartphone/tablet business,or encroachment of Nvidia, Intel & others into it's CE business, or think about going deeply into Communications space which already has big players--Freescale, Intel, Cavium. Why would they take on this big acquisition, when they got other problems to fix? What does Broadcom see with this? Come on, Rick.