onics; and Spreadtrum Communications (which is controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup). QTL This segment grants licenses or otherwise provides rights to use portions of the company’s intellectual property portfolio, which, among other rights, include certain patent rights essential to and/or useful in the manufacture and sale of certain wireless products, including, without limitation, products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA time division duplex, and/or LTE standards and their derivatives. The company’s licensees manufacture wireless products, including mobile devices (also known as subscriber units, which includes handsets), other consumer devices (tablets and laptops), machine-to-machine devices (telematics devices, meter reading devices) and plug-in end user data modem cards, certain embedded modules for incorporation into end user products, infrastructure equipment required to establish and operate a network and equipment to test networks and subscriber units. The company has a portfolio of United States and foreign patents, and the company pursues patent applications worldwide. The company’s patents have broad coverage in various countries, including Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, countries in Europe, and internationally. A portion of the company’s patents and patent applications relate to digital wireless communications technologies, including patents that are essential or might be important to the commercial implementation of CDMA2000, WCDMA (UMTS), TD-SCDMA (Time Division-Synchronous CDMA), TD-CDMA (Time Division CDMA) and OFDMA/LTE products. The company’s patent portfolio is licensed in the industry, with approximately 285 licensees. Additionally, the company has a patent portfolio related to primary technologies used in communications and other devices and/or related services, some of which were developed in industry standards development bodies. These include H.264 video codec technology, the next generation video codec technology (H.265 or high-efficiency video codec), advanced WLAN (802.11ac), volatile (LP-DDR2, 3, 4), and non-volatile (eMMC) memory controllers, operating systems, user interfaces, graphics and camera processing, packaging techniques, sensor and sensor fusion algorithms, application processor architectures and MPEG-H 3D Audio. QSI This segment makes strategic investments that are focused on opening new or expanding opportunities for its technologies and supporting the design and introduction of new products and services (or improving existing products or services) for voice and data communications. Majority of these strategic investments are in early-stage companies in various industries, including digital media, e-commerce, energy, healthcare, and wearable devices. QSI also holds wireless spectrum, which in September 27, 2015 consisted of L-Band spectrum in the United Kingdom that was sold in October 2015. Other Businesses Nonreportable segments include the company’s small cell, data center, and other wireless technology and service initiatives. The company’s nonreportable segments develop and offer products and services that include designed for implementation of small cells to address the requirements of meeting the increased demand for data; products for data centers; products and services for mobile health; software products and content and push-to-talk enablement services to wireless operators; development, other services, and related products to U.S. government agencies and their contractors; and software products that enable wireless learning for educators and students. Seasonality Majority of the company’s products or intellectual property are incorporated into consumer wireless devices, which are subject to seasonality and other fluctuations in demand. As a result, QCT has tended historically to have stronger sales toward the end of the calendar year as manufacturers prepare for major holiday selling seasons; and because QTL recognizes royalty revenues when royalties are reported by licensees, QTL has tended to record higher royalty revenues in the first calendar quarter (year ended September 2015) when licensees report their sales mad
qualcomm inc (QCOM:NASDAQ GS)
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