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Experiencing Innovation in Shanghai

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and see the magnificent pavilions along the renovated banks of the Huangpu River. I was struck by the creative architecture there, as well as by the spirit of collaboration that was prevalent throughout the Expo.

One of the inspiring things about working at Qualcomm is that I am surrounded by innovation. I see next-generation technologies being developed in our labs and new mobile devices developed by our partners coming to market and being used by people all over the world.

In the fast paced wireless world, it’s sometimes easy to miss the significance of all those innovations. Visiting the Expo, I saw innovative wireless solutions resulting in a lot of creative buildings, products and services. These innovations are real-life examples of how wireless technology is advancing the goal of the Expo — building better cities and better lives.

China is aggressively rolling out 3G networks that will benefit people and businesses by extending compelling mobile broadband services across the nation. These capabilities will allow people to communicate, create and share information that can help improve their lives, advance their education and create new business opportunities.

Advanced 3G wireless networks in China will allow national, provincial and regional governments to more efficiently offer services and communicate with members of their communities. It also will allow people to have fun and be entertained by playing games, viewing movies, downloading music and e-books, and being able to stay connected with friends and family.

China and other emerging markets are the key drivers of global wireless growth and whenever I speak to our Chinese partners, I am consistently impressed by their commitment to expanding their collaboration with the global industry. Qualcomm has more than 55 licensee partners in China that are making a range of handsets for consumers around the world. Our partners in this important region are very good at integrating new solutions into handsets, smartbooks and wireless-enabled devices that drive the convergence of wireless, mobile broadband, energy-efficient displays, rich-content and advanced mobile services.

Leveraging the Snapdragon mobile technology platform, Qualcomm’s chipset solution for the new generation of smart mobile devices, our partners are collaborating with us to innovate wireless devices that are changing the way people communicate. These next-generation devices are helping make life more interactive, participative and adaptive to the world around us.

And to me, this ability to make life better is really what technology innovation is all about. It has a positive impact. I witnessed Expo visitors taking pictures, uploading them to micro-blogs and adding short notes and tags about their experience. I heard it in the excited voices of Expo visitors calling friends and family members to tell them where they were.

My time visiting the Shanghai World Expo was enjoyable, and I’m quite pleased that Qualcomm is the Official Wireless Chipset Technology and Solutions Partner of the USA National Pavilion. And, we are happy to work with Shanghai Telecom to provide Rev. B high-speed data cards and handsets featuring QChat Push-to-Talk for the USA National Pavilion. The data cards connect laptops to the Internet via an enhanced 3G network, and Push-to-Talk phones expedite communications between guides in the pavilion.

I was equally pleased to see the impact of innovation on Shanghai and to witness the benefits of wireless innovations in the actions of the Expo’s visitors. I look forward to my next trip to China and to seeing creative, wireless innovation taking place — right before my eyes.

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