TomTom Sues Broadcom Over GPS Chip With Latent Defect

By David McAfee (March 31, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT) -- Navigation device maker TomTom International BV hit semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. with a lawsuit in California federal court on Friday, saying Broadcom offered a one-chip solution promised to be a significant improvement over earlier designs but failed to deliver, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.

The Global Positioning System giant says that Broadcom touted the single chip in 2008 as one that would perform the major functions of TomTom's portable GPS devices, but that the chip contained a latent defect that led to a "catastrophic failure" in April 2012. Broadcom had made numerous warranties about the features and performance...

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