Quote from thepanoguy on September 20, 2011, 13:42
Microsoft is a software company trying to break into the embedded consumer market.
The Raspberry Pi may be a low volume not for profit product. Broadcom Corporate is a Fortune 500 company. A percentage of Windows licensing royalties on $6.82 billion manufacturing turnover is serious small change income even for Microsoft to overlook.
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything.
Worldwide Employment: Approx. 9,460
2010 Revenue: $6.82 Billion
Q2 2011 Revenue: $1.8 Billion
U.S. Patents: 5,350
Foreign Patents: 2,300
Patents Pending: 7,650
Broadcom are not expecting to make any (real) money on the Raspi project.
By real, I mean the sort of money they make when selling in high volumes (1M plus) to big customers. Raspi are NOT a big customer. Yet......
Edit : Just read you email again. That 6.8B is spread over a *lot* of different product, bluetooth, wireless, GPU, SoC, networking.
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