Broadcom provided a Linux driver for their Broadcom Crystal HD, and they also hired Eric Anholt, a former Intel employee, to work on a free and open-source graphics device driver for their Video Core IV. It outsources all semiconductor manufacturing to Asian merchant foundries, such as Global Foundries, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, Silterra, TSMC and United Microelectronics Corporation.The company is based in Irvine, California, in the University Research Park on the University of California, Irvine campus, after a 2007 move from its previous campus near the Irvine Spectrum.Broadcom's product line spans computer and telecommunication networking: the company has products for enterprise/metropolitan high-speed networks, as well as products for SOHO (small-office, home-office) networks.Products include transceiver and processor ICs for Ethernet and wireless LANs, cable modems, digital subscriber line (DSL), servers, home networking devices (router, switches, port-concentrators) and cellular phones (GSM/GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA/LTE).In April 2017, Google's Project Zero investigated Broadcom's So C Wi Fi stack and found that it lacked "all basic exploit mitigations - including stack cookies, safe unlinking and access permission protection," allowing "full device takeover by Wi-Fi proximity alone, requiring no user interaction." Since the release of the 2.6.26 kernel some Broadcom chips have kernel support but require external firmware to be built.
On July 14, 2006, Broadcom announced it had to subtract 0 million from earnings due to stock options irregularities. On June 5, 2008, Broadcom co-founder and former CEO Henry Nicholas and former CFO William Ruehle were indicted on charges of illegal stock-option backdating.Broadcom is among Gartner's Top 10 Semiconductor Vendors by revenue. In 2012, Broadcom's total revenue was .01 billion. 327 on the Fortune 500, having climbed 17 places from its 2012 ranking of No. Broadcom shareholders held 32% of the new Singapore-based company to be called Broadcom Limited.Hock Tan, Avago President and CEO, was named CEO of the new combined company. Samueli became Chief Technology Officer and member of the combined company's board, and Dr.Dell Power Connect classics) while other well-known vendors do use the Broadcom hardware but write their own firmware.The latest Broadcom Trident ASIC is used in many high-speed 10Gb switches from the largest switch-vendors such as Cisco Nexus switches running NX-OS, Video Core is the GPU found on some systems-on-a-chip (So C)s by Broadcom, the most widely known one being the BCM2835 containing Video Core IV found in the Raspberry Pi. Broadcom "BCM43" series chips provide Wi Fi support in many Android and i Phone devices.