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October 27, 2010

Broadcom to buy Percello

Wireless carriers can offload both data and voice traffic

By CBR Staff Writer

Broadcom, a provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Percello, a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) offerings for femtocells.

Broadcom said that the acquisition of Percello allows it to lower overall bill of material cost and accelerate the time to market for energy-efficient femtocell technology.

The femtocells are low power cellular base stations that extend coverage indoors where signals are weak, and communicate with a service provider’s network through a broadband connection, allowing users to continue using their mobile devices without losing connectivity.

Broadcom broadband carrier access line of business vice president and general manager Greg Fischer said Percello’s energy-efficient and cost-optimised femtocell architecture augments their portfolio of integrated offerings for broadband connectivity and provides significant benefits for their customers and end users.

"As wireless data usage continues to expand, this technology is well-positioned to enable wireless carriers to offload both data and voice traffic, while offering subscribers better cell reception in the home and office and accelerating the introduction of new ‘converged’ mobile broadband services," Fischer said.

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