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5775 Morehouse Drive

San Diego, CA 92121

United States

Phone: 858-587-1121


QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital communications products and services. The company develops and commercializes digital communication technology called CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access). The company also engages in developing and commercializing OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) family of technologies, including LTE (for Long Term Evolution and is an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing -based standard that uses OFDMA, and single-carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access, for cellular wireless communication applications). The company also develops and commercializes various other key technologies used in handsets and tablets that contribute to end-user demand, and the company owns substantial intellectual property related to these technologies. Some of these were contributed to and are being commercialized as industry standards, such as certain audio and video codecs, the advanced WLAN (wireless local area networks, or Wi-Fi) 802.11 functionality and volatile and non-volatile memory controllers. Other technologies used by wireless devices that the company has developed are not related to any industry standards, such as operating systems, user interfaces, graphics and camera processing functionality, integrated circuit packaging techniques, sensors and sensor fusion algorithms and application processor architectures. The company also sells other products and services, which include integrated circuits for use in wired devices, particularly broadband gateway equipment, desktop computers, streaming media players, and software products. In addition to licensing portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which includes certain patent rights essential to and/or useful in the manufacture and sale of certain wireless products, the company designs and manufactures products and services based on CDMA, OFDMA and other digital communications technologies. The company’s products principally consist of integrated circuits (also known as chips or chipsets) and system software used in mobile devices and in wireless networks. Segments The company operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). QCT This 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 (GPS) products. QCT’s integrated circuit products are sold and its system software is licensed to manufacturers that use the company’s products in wireless devices, primarily mobile phones, tablets, laptops, data modules, handheld wireless computers and gaming devices, access points and routers, data cards, and infrastructure equipment; and in wired devices, primarily broadband gateway equipment, desktop computers and streaming media players. The company’s Mobile Station Modem (MSM) integrated circuits, which include the Mobile Data Modem, Qualcomm Single Chip and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, and LTE modems, perform the core baseband modem functionality in wireless devices providing voice and data communications, as well as multimedia applications and global positioning functions. In addition, the company Snapdragon processors provide advanced application and graphics processing capabilities. The company designs both the baseband integrated circuit and the supporting system as well, including the RF (Radio Frequency), PM (Power Management), and connectivity devices. The company’s portfolio of RF products includes Qualcomm Front End radio front end components that are designed to simplify the RF design for LTE multimode, multiband mobile devices, reduce power consumption, and improve radio performance. QCT’s system software enables the other device components to interface with the integrated circuit products and is the foundation software enabling manufacturers to develop devices utilizing the functionality within the integrated circuits. The company also provides support, including reference designs and


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