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UPDATE 1-Broadcom tops estimates on strong wireless chip demand

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Dec 6 (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by robust demand for its wireless chips from customers, including Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

The company also forecast first-quarter revenue largely above analysts' estimates, boosted by its $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade, which is expected to drive its business that caters to data centers.

The company, whose WiFi chips are found in Apple Inc's iPhone and most Android phones, forecast current-quarter revenue of $5.30 billion, plus or minus $75 million.

Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $4.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue from its wireless communications business jumped 33.4 percent to $1.80 billion.

Net income attributable to ordinary shares was $636 million, or $1.50 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 29, compared with a loss of $632 million, or $1.59 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned $4.59 per share.

Net revenue rose to $4.84 billion from $4.14 billion.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of $4.52 per share on revenue of $4.83 billion.

Broadcom has made a $103 billion unsolicited bid for rival Qualcomm and on Monday laid out a slate of 11 nominees it wants to put on the company's board.

Shares of the company rose 1.7 pct in trading after the bell. (Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)