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Reports: FTC probing Broadcom for anti-competitive tactics

Marlize van Romburgh
American City Business Journals

The Federal Trade Commission is looking into whether San Jose-based chipmaker Broadcom engaged in anti-competitive behavior in its negotiations with customers, several publications reported this week. It’s currently pursuing a $103 billion hostile takeover of San Diego chipmaker Qualcomm in what would be the largest tech merger in history. The FTC investigation is focused around whether Broadcom recently changed some of its contracts to require customers to buy a certain percentage, rather than an absolute number, of products, and whether that would constitute anti-competitive behavior, sources told the Journal and Reuters.