Trump Blocks Broadcom's Qualcomm Acquisition

The White House issued an order late Monday blocking Broadcom from acquiring Qualcomm for $117 billion.

"The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser [Broadcom] is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected directly or indirectly, is also prohibited," the White House said in a statement Monday.

The White House imposition shortly follows the annoucement of a CFIUS national security review of the proposed buyout. (See Broadcom Speeds US Return to Strengthen Qualcomm Bid.)

This appears to represent the end of Broadcom's multi-billion dollar bid to buy Qualcomm, which the board of the San Diego-based cellular silicon giant has always resisted.

Meanwhile, Intel is reportedly looking into buying Broadcom. (See Intel Could Bid for Broadcom – WSJ Report.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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mendyk 3/13/2018 | 10:59:02 AM
Globalism Bloomberg is speculating that Huawei's potential influence over Broadcom is a big reason for this move.
DanJones 3/13/2018 | 11:22:07 AM
Re: Globalism Interesting that this happened so fast, the review was supposed to continue until April.
mendyk 3/13/2018 | 11:26:14 AM
Re: Globalism Shoot first. Ask questions later. Or maybe you don't even have to ask questions.
Gabriel Brown 3/13/2018 | 12:08:32 PM
Re: Globalism I read the Bloomberg piece (the same one, I think). The focus on Huawei was over-done and the link from Broadcom to Huawei appeared concocted.

Obviously, Huawei wants to be more successful in 5G. It's a commerical enterprise first and foremost. But the national security objections, so far as I understand it, were quite a bit broader than one specific compnay. Either Bloomberg knows something it didn't include in the story, or they quickly cobbled together a piece. I saw ZTE mentioned a couple times too.
Gabriel Brown 3/13/2018 | 12:10:12 PM
Re: Globalism We had pretty good warning that this proposed deal would be controversial and unlikely to be signed off by the US government.
mendyk 3/13/2018 | 12:24:41 PM
Re: Globalism Ex-President Bannon was clear that U.S. economic nationalists consider China the biggest threat. Broadcom isn't based in China, but it's close enough as far as that particular group is concerned. "National security" is a convenient reason for this action, but it may not be the primary reason.
Gabriel Brown 3/13/2018 | 12:42:41 PM
Re: Globalism Coincidentally, I just read Prisoners of Geography, so I should refrain from commenting as I now think I'm a mini expert on geo-politics. Obviously, I am not. But I could figure out that these things play out over millenia.

The book's perspective a little bit "British public school boy", but worth a read neverthless:


Probably technology and geo-politics would be a good subject for a PhD or a career in the commentariat.
DanJones 3/13/2018 | 2:14:10 PM
Re: Globalism Interteresting, thanks!
rocket101 3/13/2018 | 2:20:42 PM
Re: Globalism Lets see if Broadcom still relocates to USA, or stays in Singarpore.
DanJones 3/13/2018 | 6:15:42 PM
Re: Globalism They have said it'll be completely relocated by April 3rd so we will indeed see...
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