Qualcomm Inc.

What can Qualcomm do to fend off Broadcom?

What can Qualcomm do to fend off Broadcom?

When Broadcom proposed ousting Qualcomm’s board of directors on Dec. 4, it set in motion a high-stakes chess match for control of San Diego’s most iconic technology company.

The outcome could reverberate not only locally, but throughout the tech industry — possibly changing the landscape for firms such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Intel.

Qualcomm invented technologies that manage cellular communications in every smartphone. The hostile takeover bid by rival Broadcom — launched after Qualcomm’s board rejected its $70 per share, $103-billion offer in November — looks like it will play out relatively quickly.

Qualcomm’s shareholders will vote on either Broadcom’s...

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