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 19, 2021
Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon 870 5G chipset.

January 6, 2021
Qualcomm names Cristiano Amon as new CEO.
December 1, 2020
Qualcomm announces the new Snapdragon 888 chip.
May 31, 2020
Qualcomm launches Wi-Fi 6E chipsets for phones and routers.
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.
Qualcomm also launches Wi-Fi 6E chipsets for routers under its Networking Pro series - 610, 810, 1210, and 1610.

Funded Companies


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Modu is a company founded by Dov Moran.

ClearMotion's breakthrough proactive ride system combines software and hardware to mitigate vehicle movement across any type of terrain.

Digital Orchid is a England-based e-commerce company.

Cubic Telecom is a United Kingdom-based web development company.

Visage Mobile is a San Francisco-based company.

Electronics corporation

Mobile operating system based on android

Siklu is a company founded by Izik Kirshenbaum, Yigal Leiba, Baruch Schwarz, Elad Dayan and Yossi Kofman.

Bracket Computing is a Mountain View, California-based software company.

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Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Qualcomm funding round, January 2006
January 1, 2006
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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


Further reading


Documentaries, videos and podcasts





March 5, 2021
The Indian Express
JioBook, a 4G-ready low-cost laptop could be the next device from Reliance Jio, according to a new report by XDA Developers. It will be an Android OS based device.
Allison Johnson
March 4, 2021
The Verge
The Realme GT 5G is on sale in China for 2,799 yuan, or about $430. It features a 6.43-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, 65W fast charging, and a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 processor.
Chris Welch
March 4, 2021
The Verge
Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon Sound, which is "a chain of audio innovations and software" that work together to dramatically improve audio quality when listening to music through wireless headphones, earbuds, and other devices.
Research and Markets
March 3, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- The "Lessors Of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030" report has been added to...
Rita Liao
March 1, 2021
Microsoft is getting a new leader for its Greater China business. Yang Hou, a former senior vice president at Qualcomm, will take over Alain Crozier as the chairman and chief executive officer for Microsoft Greater China Region, says a company announcement released Monday. After eight years at Qualcomm where he led sales and business development, Hou [...]
February 25, 2021
Sky News
Which? claims millions of Britons were overcharged for their devices because chipmaker Qualcomm inflates prices to manufacturers.
By Jane Wakefield
February 25, 2021
BBC News
Some 29 million people in the UK could be entitled to up to £30 back on Apple or Samsung smartphones.
Anritsu Company
February 24, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce that the first EPS-FB Protocol Conformance test for 5G NR has been verified on the ME7834NR 5G NR...
Press Trust of India
February 23, 2021
Read more about Bharti Airtel, US chipmaker Qualcomm team up for 5G push in India on Business Standard. Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and US chipmaker Qualcomm on Tuesday announced collaboration for accelerating 5G in India.Airtel recently became India's first telco to demonstrate 5G over a live commercial network in Hyderabad city, underlining the
Cameron Faulkner
February 23, 2021
The Verge
Qualcomm is working with haptics company Lofelt to bring improved haptics via software to Android phones and other devices starting in the second half of 2021. It's using an open API to make it easy for manufacturers to adopt it.
Adi Robertson
February 23, 2021
The Verge
Chip manufacturer Qualcomm has announced the XR1 AR Smart Viewer, a reference design for AR glasses with hand tracking and plane detection. The design has been adopted by Lenovo for its ThinkReality A3 glasses, set for a 2021 launch.
BS Web Team
February 23, 2021
Airtel is also looking to collaborate with Qualcomm for 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to deliver broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses
Samuel Axon
February 18, 2021
Ars Technica
6G is still many years away, but Apple doesn't want to depend on Qualcomm again.
Ron Amadeo
February 16, 2021
Ars Technica
Review: The first new 2021 phone doesn't justify its price.
Guest Author
February 16, 2021
Crunchbase News
Encouraging more connections and collaboration between corporate giants, startups and government agencies is a sure-fire way to continue building the tech innovation ecosystems in Brazil and other leading markets in Latin America.
David McLaughlin, Ian King & Dina Bass | Bloomberg
February 15, 2021
Alphabet Incs Google, Microsoft Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. are among companies worried about the $40 billion deal and are urging antitrust officials to intervene
Jim Salter
February 12, 2021
Ars Technica
The proposed deal creates a nest of potential conflicts of interest.
Will Daniel
February 10, 2021
Qualcomm's support of Globalstar's Band n53 technology is another boost for the satellite company, whose stock has gained as much as 780% in 2021.
Jason Cross
February 9, 2021
You won't find Qualcomm's blazing-fast new 5G modem in this year's iPhone, but it's likely to end up in the 2022 models.
Shawn Knight
February 9, 2021
Qualcomm on Tuesday unveiled its fourth generation 5G modem, formally known as the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System.


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