d foreign patents, and continues to pursue patent applications worldwide. Its patents have coverage in various countries, including Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and countries in Europe and elsewhere. Its patent portfolio is the licensed portfolio in the industry with approximately 260 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 are 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, and application processor architectures. Strategy: The company’s strategy to make its patented technologies available has been a catalyst for industry growth, helping to enable a range of companies offering a range of wireless products and features while increasing the capabilities of and/or driving down average and low-end selling prices for 3G handsets and other wireless devices. Competition: The company competes with Broadcom, MediaTek, Texas Instruments, and VIA Telecom. 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 but not limited to, digital media, e-commerce, energy, healthcare, and wearable devices. QSI also holds wireless spectrum, which as of September 28, 2014, consisted of L-Band spectrum in the United Kingdom. Other Businesses The company’s other businesses include QMT (Qualcomm MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) Technologies), Pixtronix, and Small Cells divisions, as well as other wireless technology and service initiatives. QMT plans to license its next generation interferometric modulator display technology and to focus on wearable devices. Pixtronix develops and licenses display technologies based on MEMS structure optimized for portable multimedia devices. Small Cells develops and supplies 3G/LTE and Wi-Fi products designed for implementation of small mobile base stations (known as small cells). The company’s other businesses develop and offer products and services that include, but are not limited to, software products and content and push-to-talk enablement services to wireless operators; development, other services, and related products to the U.S. government agencies and their contractors; device-to-device communication, including software for the connected home; data center products; medical device connectivity and related data management; and augmented reality. Discontinued Operations In 2013, the company completed its sale of the North and Latin America operations of its Omnitracs division to a U.S.-based private equity firm. Trademarks Qualcomm, Snapdragon, MSM, Adreno, Gobi, and Wireless Reach are trademarks of the company registered in the United States and other countries. Pixtronix is a trademark of Pixtronix, Inc., a subsidiary of the company. Research and Development The company’s research and development expenditures totaled approximately $5.5 billion for the year ended September 28, 2014. History QUALCOMM Incorporated was founded in 1985. The company was incorporated in 1985 under the laws of the state of California. In 1991, the company was reincorporated in the state of Delaware.
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