Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

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In July 1985, seven industry veterans came together in the den of Dr. Irwin Jacobs’ San Diego home to discuss an idea. Those visionaries—Franklin Antonio, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Irwin Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and Harvey White—decided they wanted to build “Quality Communications” and outlined a plan that has evolved into one of the telecommunications industry’s greatest start-up success stories: Qualcomm Incorporated.


1985 - Qualcomm is founded

1988 - Qualcomm pioneers M2M communications

1989 - Qualcomm makes a historic phone call, CDMA is proven


1991 - Qualcomm becomes a public company

1993 - Qualcomm establishes itself as pioneer for mobile Internet; makes larges strides with CDMA

1995 - Qualcomm begins supplying infrastructure, starts chipset and licensing divisions; CDMA commercially launched in Hong Kong

1996 - CDMA goes global

1998 - First commercial CDMA smartphone

1999 - Qualcomm becomes an index stock; CDMA2000 1X accepted as 3G


2000 - First CDMA chipset to integrate GPS

2001 - Qualcomm introduces Brew; signs 100th licensee

2002 - Qualcomm-driven technologies gain traction around the world

2003 - Qualcomm spearheads the evolution of wireless broadband

2005 - The Scorpion processor brings consumer electronics features to mobile devices

2007 - Qualcomm becomes world’s leading mobile chipset provider; introduces Snapdragon

2008 - Qualcomm completes first HSPA+ data call; powers world's first Android-based mobile device

2009 - Qualcomm unveils world’s first multimode 3G/ LTE integrated chipset solution; Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is elected as chairman

2010 - 3G connections surpass 1 billion; Qualcomm samples first dual-core Snapdragon chipsets