Broadcom said recently that it plans to begin issuing 4G LTE sample chips to its partners next year in an effort to enter the LTE market, which is currently dominated by companies such as Qualcomm. “We need to be there,” Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor said recently during the company’s investor meeting. “We’re not there today.” It’s unclear exactly when Broadcom’s chips will enter the testing phase, however.
Broadcom isn’t a small player in the chip space by any means and, as Reuters notes, it already provides chips for Wi-Fi to Apple and Samsung. But if it can manage to steal a bit of market share from Qualcomm, it will become a larger player in developed markets, such as the U.S., where LTE is spreading at a rapid pace.