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 QUALCOMM, Inc. develops, designs, manufactures and markets digital telecommunications products and services. It also supplies integrated circuits and system software based on code division multiple access, orthogonal frequency division multiple access and other technologies for use in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia and global positioning system products to device and infrastructure manufacturers. The company sells equipment, software and services to transportation and other companies to wirelessly connect their assets and workforce. It operates through four segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, Qualcomm Technology Licensing, Qualcomm Wireless & Internet and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives. The Qualcomm CDMA Technologies segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on CDMA, OFDMA and other technologies for use in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia and global positioning system products. The Qualcomm Technology Licensing segment provides rights to use portions of the company’s intellectual property portfolio, which includes certain patent rights essential to and/or useful in the manufacture and sale of certain wireless products, including, without limitation, products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA TDD, GSM/GPRS/EDGE and OFDMA standards and their derivatives. The Qualcomm Wireless and Internet segment consists of four divisions: Qualcomm Internet Services, Qualcomm Enterprise Services, Qualcomm Government Technologies and Qualcomm Retail Solutions. The Qualcomm Enterprise Services division provides fleet management, satellite- and terrestrial-based two-way wireless information and position reporting and other services, software and hardware to transportation and logistics companies. The Qualcomm Internet Services division offers content enablement services for the wireless industry and push-to-talk and other software products and services for wireless network operators. The Qualcomm Government Technologies division provides development and other services and related products involving wireless communications technologies to government agencies and their contractors. The Qualcomm Retail Solutions division builds and manages software applications that enable certain mobile commerce services. The Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives segment comprised of the Qualcomm Ventures and Structured Finance & Strategic Investments divisions. This segment makes strategic investments that the Company believes may open new or expands opportunities for its technologies, support the design and introduction of new products or services for voice and data communications or possess unique capabilities or technology. The company was founded by Irwin Mark Jacobs, Franklin Antonio, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Andrew Viterbi and Harvey White in July 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

“Qualcomm History

In July 1985, seven industry veterans came together in the den of Dr. Irwin Jacobs’ San Diego home to discuss an idea. Those visionaries—Franklin Antonio, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Irwin Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and Harvey White—decided they wanted to build “Quality Communications” and outlined a plan that has evolved into one of the telecommunications industry’s greatest start-up success stories: Qualcomm Incorporated.


1985 – Qualcomm is founded
1988 – Qualcomm pioneers M2M communications
1989 – Qualcomm makes a historic phone call, CDMA is proven


1991 – Qualcomm becomes a public company
1993 – Qualcomm establishes itself as pioneer for mobile Internet; makes larges strides with CDMA
1995 – Qualcomm begins supplying infrastructure, starts chipset and licensing divisions; CDMA commercially launched in Hong Kong
1996 – CDMA goes global
1998 – First commercial CDMA smartphone
1999 – Qualcomm becomes an index stock; CDMA2000 1X accepted as 3G


2000 – First CDMA chipset to integrate GPS

2001 – Qualcomm introduces Brew; signs 100th licensee

2002 – Qualcomm-driven technologies gain traction around the world

2003 – Qualcomm spearheads the evolution of wireless broadband
2005 – The Scorpion processor brings consumer electronics features to mobile devices
2007 – Qualcomm becomes world’s leading mobile chipset provider; introduces Snapdragon
2008 – Qualcomm completes first HSPA+ data call; powers world’s first Android-based mobile device
2009 – Qualcomm unveils world’s first multimode 3G/ LTE integrated chipset solution; Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is elected as chairman
2010 – 3G connections surpass 1 billion; Qualcomm samples first dual-core Snapdragon chipsets.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Qualcomm.com

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