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 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 Enterprise Ireland and Delta Partners.


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.

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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





Dan Goodin
August 8, 2020
Ars Technica
There's no word on when Google and phone makers will incorporate fix from Qualcomm.
Ron Amadeo
July 27, 2020
Ars Technica
Qualcomm is calling it the "World's fastest commercial charging solution."
BS Web Team
July 27, 2020
Quick Charge 5 is currently being tested and commercial devices with this charging tech is expected to arrive in Q3, 2020
Daisuke Wakabayashi
July 24, 2020
Google, Amazon and Qualcomm finance a George Mason University institute teaching a hands-off approach to antitrust regulators and judges.
Mark Hachman
July 8, 2020
Lenovo's first Legion gaming phone and the Asus ROG Phone 3 will ship with Snapdragon 865 Plus inside.
Brian Heater
July 8, 2020
Qualcomm just revealed initial details around the Snapdragon 865 Plus. Like the 855 Plus before it, the upcoming chip represents a mid-year performance boost to the company's mobile flagship. Think of it as a kind of halfway refresh between major updates designed to keep things fresh in the back half of the year. The top [...]
Julian Chokkattu
June 30, 2020
The new Snapdragon Wear 4100 processors should speed up watches running Wear OS, but Google's wearable platform will need more than that to see any real growth.
Frederic Lardinois
June 30, 2020
Qualcomm today announced the launch of its new Snapdragon Wear platforms for wearables, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+. Based on a 12nm process technology, these new platforms promise to breathe new life into the Android Wear ecosystem. One of the first things users will notice is that, compared to the previous generation of Wear [...]
Leo Kelion
June 22, 2020
BBC News
The firm will now custom-design the chips that power its future desktop and laptop computers.
Stephen Nellis
June 17, 2020
Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday said it is putting 5G technology into chips for smartphones that will sell for as little as $300 and that will come to market in the second half of this year.
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.


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