Qualcomm is an american global semiconductor and telecommunications company founded in 1985 by Andrew Viterbi, Irwin M. Jacobs and leonard TALOM KOUNGA.

Qualcomm is an American global semiconductor and telecommunications company founded in 1985 by Andrew Viterbi, Franklin P. Antonio, and Irwin Jacobs. The company provides wireless telecommunications products and services that it designs, manufactures, and markets. Qualcomm has over 17 0offices in more than 40 countries around the world. Subsidiaries of Qualcomm include: Wilocity, Ubicom, SnapTrack, Qualcomm Ventures, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Qualcomm Atheros, CSR, And Airgo Networks.


Telecommunication and semiconductor products made by Qualcomm fall into the following product category types: bluetooth, cellular modems, processors, RF components, and Wi-Fi. Products made by Qualcomm are used in applications such as audio, automotive, cameras, industrial & commercial products, mobile PC's, networking, smartphones, smart cities, smart homes, wearables, and XR/VR/AR products.

Investments funds

China Startup Fund

On July 23, 2014 Qualcomm announced their $150 million China Startup Fund which will be used to invest in Chinese startup companies across all stages. Qualcomm will use the fund to invest in startups operating in sectors such as e-commerce, semi-conductor, education, and health.

Indian Startup Fund

On September 27, 2015 Qualcomm announced their Indian Startup Fund with $150 million in funding. The executive chairman of Qualcomm, Paul E. Jacobs, made the following comments regarding the company's announcement of their Indian Startup Fund:

We share Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. We are committed to providing local innovative start-ups with the support needed to help India’s IOE (Internet of Everything) ecosystem grow, increasing consumer choice and availability.


Qualcomm has made 83 investments, lead 21 investments, and has made 25 exits.


As of December 2019, Qualcomm has made a total of 46 acquisitions.


January 6, 2020

Qualcomm launches a car-to-cloud service for over-the-air updates and telemetrics that integrates its automotive cockpit platform and Snapdragon automotive platforms with 4G and 5G support.

The platform will help automakers keep their cars up to date and allow them to update their infotainment platforms over the air.


Qualcomm reaches the settlement of a fierce legal battle with Apple this year, which has boosted its revenue by $4.7 billion in the quarter.

August 15, 2004

Qualcomm raises a $1,221,900 series A round from Delta Partners and Enterprise Ireland.


Qualcomm was founded by Andrew Viterbi, Irwin M. Jacobs and leonard TALOM KOUNGA.

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Ron Amadeo
March 26, 2020
Ars Technica
The chips have always-on voice assistants and active noise cancellation.
Chaim Gartenberg
March 25, 2020
The Verge
Qualcomm has announced its new QCC514x and QCC304x Bluetooth chips, which will offer improved connectivity, ANC technology, and native support for voice assistants, promising next-generation headphones that will cheaper and better.
Adrian Potoroaca
March 24, 2020
When Qualcomm made the peculiar decision to leave out an integrated modem from its Snapdragon 865 mobile platform, many were puzzled to see this coming from the same company that previously claimed power efficiency from a monolithic design, not to...
Ron Amadeo
March 23, 2020
Ars Technica
Smartphones are too expensive, so some are opting for cheaper chips.
February 26, 2020
Lenovo's Legion Gaming Phone is indeed happening, as Asus ROG Phone 3 and Zenfone 7 are just around the corner.
February 18, 2020
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Michael Simon
February 18, 2020
The first modem system that's good enough for the iPhone.
Stephen Nellis
February 18, 2020
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd&#039;s <005930.KS> semiconductor manufacturing division has won a contract to make new Qualcomm Inc 5G chips using its most advanced chip-making technology, two sources familiar with the matter said, boosting the Korean firm&#039;s efforts to gain market share against rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co <5425.TWO>.
Humza Aamir
February 17, 2020
Apple and Qualcomm put their legal battles to rest in April last year as both companies looked forward to a 5G future for the iPhone, set to kick off this fall. A new report, however, suggests that Apple isn't satisfied...
David Gelles
February 12, 2020
After a career spent working on "very important backup plans," Steve Mollenkopf has steered Qualcomm through one rough patch after another.
Natasha Lomas
February 6, 2020
Qualcomm is facing fresh antitrust scrutiny from the European Commission, with the regulator raising questions about radio frequency front-end (RFFE) chips which can be used in 5G devices. The chipmaker has been expanding into selling RFFE chips for 5G devices, per Reuters, encouraging buyers of its 5G modems to also buy its radio frequency front-end [...]
February 4, 2020
Last December, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 as its next flagship SoC for 2020's high-end devices. A Snapdragon 865 8K video...
January 23, 2020
The Economic Times
Vagadia said that despite the stress on the Indian telecom sector, the handset market has grown last year in India and is slated to grow just below 10% in calendar 2020 too. "Economies of scale are helping brands that are driving volumes, which is helping the market," he said.
Babu Mohan
January 22, 2020
Android Central
Sony will apparently unveil a direct successor to the Xperia 1 at its MWC 2020 event next month, featuring a 4K HDR OLED display and 5G connectivity.
January 21, 2020
The Economic Times
The space agency said in a statement that these chipsets are being released by Qualcomm and this would help accelerate the adoption of NavIC by smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEM).
Chris Velazco
January 21, 2020
2020 is the year 5G will start making a difference for people, but 4G LTE networks aren't going anywhere. If anything, they'll remain the de facto means of conn...
Frederic Lardinois
January 6, 2020
Chances are, you phone and carrier now support HD voice quality for those few times you still make a call. Those calls sound significantly better than regular calls, but if you're using a Bluetooth headset to make those calls, you don't get any of the benefits of HD voice because those devices don't support that [...]
January 6, 2020
An industry leading step in 5G took place last month when Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and ZTE Corporation together achieved 5G-enabled Voice over New Radio call. The call was performed in compliance with 3GPP Release 15 specifications over the 2.5 GHz spectrum band (n41) by utilizing a ZTE's 5G NR base station and a 5G smartphone form factor test device powered by a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 5G Modem-RF System. Voice services are a fundamental offering...
Romita Majumdar
January 2, 2020
Read more about Chipset maker Qualcomm gets ready for major 5G play in Indian markets on Business Standard. Qualcomm has lined up a series of chipsets ready for 5G and 4G as over the next year, in addition to the ones launched.
Becky Roberts
December 31, 2019
Streaming, smart home, and the search for something superior to stereo - we cover the trends that defined audio in the 2010s.