Why do Broadcom support Raspberry Pi?
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not complaining, pleased in fact, just puzzled.
The employees of Broadcom, and the members of its board, can and do make personal decisions based on philanthropy. But business decisions can only be made on the basis of profit.
Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Morrison, Budgens all know that their customers such as me base their buying decisions at least partially on their, the supermarket chains', charitable support. That gives me some power to influence them.
But Broadcom's customers are big phone manufacturers. And they, like any company, and indeed the supermarket chains, are - must be - solely concerned with their shareholders. The supermarket chains only support charities because their customers' buying decisions affect their profits. When I next buy a phone, I may well base my choice in part on whether the manufacturer supports a charity, but will that be affected by whether a particular phone uses a Broadcom chip - if indeed I could find that out? Knowing this, the manufacturer will base its decision solely on cost / performance, and so Broadcom's support of Raspberry Pi cannot affect its profits in a positive way.
Perhaps someone in Broadcom's PR department could answer me.
And yes, if I could find out, I probably would buy a phone that used a Broadcom chip. But only if I could find out.