According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, this made it "the first ARM-based multimedia So C with fully functional, vendor-provided (as opposed to partial, reverse-engineered) fully open-source drivers", although due to substantial binary firmware code which must be executing in parallel with the operating system, and which executes independently and prior to loading of the operating system, this claim has not been universally accepted.
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.
The foundation requested help from Broadcom making the Raspberry Pi card, a motherboard which is free of DRM or corporate control of any kind, which can interact with hardware, and which can be bought and controlled by children. 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.
On January 17, 2018, it was reported that the FTC was investigating whether Broadcam had "engaged in anticompetitive tactics in negotiations with customers," in a probe that had been ongoing for several months.
In September 2011, Broadcom shut down its digital TV operations.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.In 2003 the Free Software Foundation accused Broadcom of not complying with the GNU General Public License as Broadcom distributed GPL code in a driver for its 802.11g router chipset without making that code public.The chipset was adopted by Linksys which was later purchased by Cisco.