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Broadcom Says Will 'Focus' R&D Spend at Qualcomm

Broadcom (AVGO) this morning issued a statement saying if it takes over Qualcomm (QCOM), it will "focus" the company's R&D efforts to "accelerate innovation and R&D," and to "create a stronger combined American company."

The "pledge," as its termed, includes several declarative statements, such as, "Broadcom is in every important respect an American company, with a lineage of great American technology icons like Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Broadcom Corp., and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc."

The one-page release comes after Qualcomm's publication yesterday of a letter from the U.S. Treasury Department that cast aspersions upon Broadcom's style of business, claiming Broadcom takes a "private equity-style direction" that involves reducing investment.

Without mentioning the claims directly, the Broadcom memo today "pledges" several things, including a "pledge to leading 5G," referring to the 5G wireless technology that was mentioned by Treasury as a vital beach-head where the U.S. must remain dominant.

The memo also pledges to make a fund of $1.5 billion for training of future engineers.

Yesterday's letter from Treasury followed Qualcomm applying to the government in January for a pre-emptive CFIUS review of Broadcom's attempted takeover. That review was granted and is now proceeding, and has postponed a planned shareholder meeting of Qualcomm investors that had been set for yesterday, at which Broadcom was asking investors to vote in six Broadcom nominees to give it a majority on Qualcomm's board. The meeting is now scheduled for April 5th, Qualcomm has announced.

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