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.


May 11, 2020

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 768G, a faster mid-range SoC with "global" 5G support

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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Andrew Viterbi


Bart Santos


Cameron Tousi


Inam Haq


Izhar Armony


Joyce Schwarz


leonard TALOM KOUNGA, B.Eng, MBA


Mark Grob


Noreen Rucinski


Stan Schekall


Timothy Keefe


Yahya Sowti Khiabani


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Documentaries, videos and podcasts





May 31, 2020
Hindustan Times Tech
The company has introduced the Fast Connect 6700 and Fast Connect 6900 that can use Wi-Fi 6E to deliver up to 3Gbps and 3.6Gbps speeds.
May 25, 2020
The world's largest contract chipmaker, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), maybe planning on coordinating with various companies like NVIDIA, AMD, Qualcomm and more to shift its production focus towards Huawei chips. This move arrives after the Chinese company lost its chip supply from TSMC, due to new sanctions being enforced by the US Government. However, ...
Ron Amadeo
May 11, 2020
Ars Technica
Qualcomm promises a 15-percent faster GPU and CPU.
Adrian Potoroaca
May 11, 2020
Back in March it emerged that phone makers like Google, Nokia and LG don't want to use Qualcomm's expensive flagship mobile platform in their top tier devices. The main reason is that the cost proposition isn't appealing in any way...
Ron Amadeo
May 7, 2020
Ars Technica
It has a Snapdragon 765G, a headphone jack, water resistance, and wireless charging.
FE Online
May 4, 2020
The Financial Express
Surface Pro X is really the big highlight in Microsoft's latest Surface lineup. And its biggest highlight is its custom SQ1 ARM-based mobile processor that Microsoft has built in partnership with Qualcomm.
Michael Simon
May 1, 2020
The 5G iPhone 12 will reportedly cost the same as the 4G iPhone 11. Here's why that's a big deal.
Dieter Bohn
April 15, 2020
The Verge
The OnePlus 8 is available on both Verizon and T-Mobile for the first time. The OnePlus 8 Pro brings wireless charging and more. Both phones compete with Samsung's traditional dominance in different ways.
Anthony Ha
April 14, 2020
Stanford University's Big Local News and Pitch Interactive projects, along with the Google News Initiative, are launching a new tool today that allows local journalists to embed customized, up-to-date maps of COVID-19 cases in the United States. The COVID-19 Case Mapper might sound pretty basic -- and indeed, Google Data Editor Simon Rogers admitted that [...]
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
COVID-19 초기대응, 모든 면에서 메르스보다 한발 빨랐다 South Korea remains on high alert, and has so far kept the infection rate much lower compared to the MERS outbreak in 2015...
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 [...]


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