Broadcom Completes Acquisition of Athena Semiconductors, Inc.

IRVINE, Calif. and FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Athena Semiconductors, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that specializes in mobile digital television tuner and low-power Wi-Fi(R) technology, headquartered in Fremont.

In connection with the acquisition, Broadcom paid a total of $21.3 million in cash in exchange for all outstanding shares of Athena capital stock and other rights of Athena. A portion of the consideration paid to Athena stockholders will be placed into escrow pursuant to the terms of the acquisition agreement. Broadcom may record a one-time charge for purchased in-process research and development expenses related to the acquisition in its fourth fiscal quarter, ending December 31. The amount of that charge, if any, has not yet been determined.

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Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors. Our products enable the convergence of high-speed data, high definition video, voice and audio at home, in the office and on the go. Broadcom provides manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices with the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything(R).

Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at

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