Acquisition Extends Broadcom's Bluetooth Market Leadership in Cell Phones, Software, and PCs into Bluetooth Headsets, the Second-Largest Bluetooth Segment
Broadcom has established itself as a leading supplier of Bluetooth hardware and software solutions, with its Blutonium(R) single-chip transceivers and its WIDCOMM(R) software, which is the most widely deployed software in the industry. Broadcom has already established a leadership position in both the mobile phone and PC segments, which today are considered the first and third largest segments of the Bluetooth market, respectively, according to In-Stat/MDR. With the acquisition of Zeevo, Broadcom is now aggressively targeting the number two market segment for wireless headsets as well.
Zeevo has introduced multiple generations of semiconductor and software solutions specifically optimized for the unique needs of wireless headsets, all of which are proven in the market and shipping in volume production. By combining Broadcom's existing strengths, customer relationships, presence in complementary markets, and proven Bluetooth solutions with Zeevo's technology and innovative solutions, Broadcom's customers will benefit from a stronger product portfolio, optimized total solutions, enhanced support and a more comprehensive roadmap.
"The acquisition of Zeevo speeds our entry into the huge market for Bluetooth headset devices with a dedicated solution that complements our targeted offering of Bluetooth products," said Robert A. Rango, Group Vice President of Broadcom's Mobile & Wireless Group. "Adding the Zeevo(R) solutions rounds out our portfolio as we aim for leadership in the top three segments of the growing Bluetooth market."
Broadcom is a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for Bluetooth wireless applications and was first to market with a Bluetooth-qualified single-chip radio. The company's Blutonium line of products includes solutions for both GSM and CDMA mobile phones, notebook and desktop PCs, smartphones and PDAs, as well as application-specific chips for wireless mouse, keyboard and other applications. Broadcom's WIDCOMM Bluetooth software is the most popular, feature rich and field proven Bluetooth software in the industry.
"The acquisition of Zeevo by Broadcom opens up a whole new range of exciting products and market opportunities for our home-grown technology," said Jalil Shaikh, President and CEO of Zeevo. "We look forward to combining our strengths in Bluetooth audio with Broadcom's impressive technology portfolio and creating competitive and innovative solutions for our customers."
Zeevo's highly integrated silicon designs and total system solutions have been optimized for use in wireless headset applications and feature extensive advancements in silicon integration, RF design, acoustical tuning, echo cancellation and other techniques intended to deliver the clearest possible audio experience over a client Bluetooth device. Adding these products to Broadcom's portfolio enables an immediate market entry for Broadcom with the most competitive solution available in production today. In addition, the all-CMOS design of Zeevo's chips opens up opportunities for creative integrations, accelerated product roadmaps, and further enhancements in future generations.
"As a leader in the Bluetooth stereo headset market, we consider Zeevo's technology to be state of the art in the industry, which is why we selected them for our products," said Bob Wick, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Logitech Audio & Interactive Entertainment Business Unit.
Zeevo, Inc. is located in Santa Clara, California and has approximately 50 employees.
In connection with the acquisition, Broadcom will pay a total of $32.0 million -- approximately $29.4 million in cash consideration and $2.6 million in restricted stock units that entitle the holder to receive shares of Broadcom Class A common stock as the award vests -- in exchange for all outstanding shares of capital stock and other rights, and to satisfy certain outstanding obligations and transaction expenses, of Zeevo. A portion of the total consideration paid will be subject to escrow pursuant to the terms of the acquisition agreement. The merger transaction is expected to close during Broadcom's current fiscal quarter, which ends March 31. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the merger, which awaits approval by Zeevo's shareholders and other customary closing conditions. At closing, Broadcom may record a one-time charge for purchased in-process research and development expenses related to the acquisition. The amount of that charge, if any, has not yet been determined.
Zeevo is a leading-edge semiconductor provider that designs and markets "system-on-a-chip" (SoC) wireless products for use in consumer electronics products ranging from cellular phones to MP3 players to personal computers to loudspeakers. Zeevo's products uniquely solve the problem of high quality audio over Bluetooth. The company pioneered the concept of "Sound Design for Bluetooth(R)," a quality, reliability and convenience benchmark for Bluetooth audio that includes high quality audio, interference-free co-existence with IEEE 802.11 wireless, dynamic mode switching for convergence applications, and fail-soft out-of-range behavior. Zeevo Bluetooth platforms integrate analog, digital and radio-frequency (RF) circuitry, as well as memory and a programmable ARM7 processor, on a single-chip built using highly cost-effective, standard CMOS technology.
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 http://www.broadcom.com/.
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