Inventors. Dreamers. Doers.

Billions, maybe trillions of times a day…

We often do what many thought was impossible.

 

That’s how often people around the world touch something made better by Qualcomm. It could be the smartphone in your pocket, the tablet on your coffee table, that wireless modem in your briefcase… it could even be that navigation system in your car or that action camera strapped to your chest.

Who is Qualcomm, and what do we do? We are engineers, scientists and business strategists. We are from many different countries and speak many different languages. We come from diverse cultures and have unique perspectives. Together, we focus on a single goal—invent mobile technology breakthroughs.

 

Invention at Qualcomm

Invention is at the heart of human progress, at the heart of the mobile industry, and both are at the heart of our business.

Stories of Invention

Stories of Qualcomm inventions accelerating human potential, improving the way we live, work, learn, and play.

Qualcomm Research

Qualcomm Research has been making history for nearly three decades. The secret? Unrelenting focus on the future.

"We’re fascinated by technology and always working to push it forward. Our job is to be impatient. That’s our role in the mobile industry, and our future.”

Steve Mollenkopf, CEO

Pioneers, risk takers.

While many of our inventions and breakthroughs reside “under the hood” of consumer electronics, they have transformed the world in a big way. They have helped propel mobile to the forefront of the technology world and to the top of consumers’ wish lists. They have created new opportunities for mobile ecosystem players—the wireless device makers, the operators, the developers and the content creators of the world. And more recently, our inventions and breakthroughs have inspired fresh, new ideas from those companies—large and small—new to the wireless space.

We’ve been called dreamers, inventors, rebels, risk takers, pioneers and geeks. We embrace those labels because in many ways, they’re true. We dream big. We invent bigger. And most importantly, we often do what many thought was impossible.

Leadership

Our executive team is comprised of the top thought leaders and visionaries in the industry.

History

From CDMA in 1989 to LTE today, our fingerprint is on the history of the mobile industry.

Awards

Qualcomm has earned a distinguished reputation that goes beyond CDMA.

 

The Latest

Press Releases

Qualcomm Signs 3G/4G Patent License Agreement with Smartron

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Smartron India Private Limited, today announced they have entered into a 3G and 4G patent license agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, Qualcomm has granted Smartron a royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell WCDMA, CDMA2000, and 4G LTE complete devices. With this agreement, Smartron joins the growing list of key Indian OEMs to have direct access to Qualcomm’s technology.

Qualcomm and Smartron will also strategically collaborate on early technology access and advancements in RF, camera testing and tuning and other critical calibrations required for smart devices. This enables Smartron to be in the top of the technology curve, thereby offering cutting-edge experiences to its end users.  It also enhances Smartron’s core competency and vision of developing innovative and world-class products across different markets.

“We are pleased to enable Smartron to create compelling products with our industry leading mobile technologies,” said, John Han, senior vice president, Qualcomm Incorporated and general manager, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “It is exciting to see inventions created by our dedicated R&D investment transform people’s lives through mobile devices created by OEMs like Smartron.”

“Qualcomm is passionate about innovation and is committed to help enable Prime Minister Modi’s Make in India vision and lay the foundation for a Digital India. We are thrilled to enable Smartron in its mission to create technologies that advance the mobile industry.” said, Jim Cathey, senior vice president & president, Asia Pacific & India, Qualcomm International, Inc.

“We are excited to collaborate with a global technology leader like Qualcomm to bring new and powerful products that delight our customers. As India’s first premier technology OEM and IoT brand, we are committed to developing next generation of smart devices based on our tronX platform to deliver intelligent experiences to our customers” said Mahesh Lingareddy, Founder and Chairman, Smartron India Pvt Ltd.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About Smartron

Smartron was founded in August 2014 with a vision to build India’s first global technology OEM and IoT brand that is ‘designed and engineered’ in India for India and the world. Smartron developed and introduced tronxTM, an AI powered IoT engine offering next generation of smart devices and delivering intelligent and seamless experiences to customers across IoT verticals.

Smartron’s high-end tbook, tphone and ttab products give the users easy access to the tstore, tcloud (unlimited storage) and tcare as part of tronX experience. Sachin Tendulkar the Brand Ambassador and Strategic Shareholder of Smartron had formally launched these devices in the second quarter of 2016.  Smartron is preparing to launch range of products and services this year. For more information, visit www.smartron.com.

Apr 24, 2017

OnQ

Get immersed: scene-based audio with MPEG-H

Qualcomm Technologies has been working on audio technology for next generation television broadcasts using the new MPEG-H standards. The audio technology is designed to help content creators, content hosts, consumer electronics manufacturers, and broadcasters create, capture, and render true-to-life immersive 3D audio experiences and scene-based audio so the viewer feels immersed in sound.

At the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, we’ll showcase a comprehensive live production of immersive audio for both traditional TV and VR. The production will use scene-based (Higher Order Ambisonic, or HOA) and object-based audio, while the transmission will be using the MPEG-H 3D audio standard. The audio production will use multiple audio sources, including ambisonic and spot microphones. The video production will be through traditional TV cameras as well as an Omnicast VR camera. The audio production can simultaneously feed into both OTA (for linear TV) and OTT (for both linear TV and VR consumption) transmission.

The production process will show monitoring using sound bars as well as immersive loudspeaker layouts. The playback process will show flexible rendering to any number of loudspeakers, audio-rotation over loudspeakers for 360 video, as well as live VR overhead mounted displays.

Qualcomm Technologies will also showcase its high-quality HEVC cloud and server-based encoder, which is engineered for over-the-top services and 4K real-time encoding with multi-threading on a single machine. The high-quality HEVC encoder has significantly lower complexity than x265 for the same coding efficiency.

Also at our booth (#SU11013) our friends at b<>com will demonstrate a live VR feed combining scene-based audio with a multiple camera VR system. HOA scene-based audio encoded using MPEG-H will be binauralized and delivered to a VR headset, where the essential component that scene-based audio provides to VR can be experienced with head-tracking. You can learn more about b<>com at NAB at booth #N2035-FP.

Check out the video below for a quick overview of scene-based audio, and please wear headphones for the best binaural audio experience:

Apr 20, 2017

Snapdragon

Snapdragon Wear 2100 powers high-end fashion smartwatches at Baselworld

Silicon Valley met Switzerland at this year’s Baselworld, the world’s premier event for the watch and jewelry industry, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Several impressive smartwatches made their debut, all touting the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform and all powered by Android Wear 2.0. With this reliable platform and OS developed specifically for wearables, it’s no wonder high-end brands are looking beyond basic wearable functions, and combining style with technology to develop chic smartwatches fit for any lifestyle.

The superior SoC for smartwatches, Snapdragon Wear 2100, is an integrated, ultra-low power sensor hub. It’s 30 percent smaller than previous-generation wearable SoCs, allowing OEMs the freedom to develop thinner, sleeker product designs. And because it uses 25 percent less power than its older sibling (the Snapdragon 400), watchmakers can offer even more features and better designs.

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 comes in both tethered (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and connected (3G and 4G LTE) versions. The latter allows wearers to do more with their wearables, from streaming music to sending messages to calling a cab, in tandem with — or even without — having to bring their smartphones along.

Each of the touchscreen smartwatches included in this roundup run Android Wear 2.0, Google’s latest wearable operating system, and can pair with both iOS and Android phones. With Android Wear 2.0, users can personalize their watch faces with chronometer-style complications and create shortcuts to their favorite applications. In addition to the pre-installed Google Fit and calendar apps, more apps can be downloaded directly through the on-watch Google Play store, so wearers can customize their device to their lifestyle.

Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to your wrist. Find answers and get things done even when your hands are full. Reply to a friend, set a reminder, or ask for directions. Just hold the power button or say “OK Google”.

Check out the some of Snapdragon Wear powered smartwatches that made a splash at this year’s Baselworld:

Apr 18, 2017

Developer

Hardware-software convergence: Key skills to consider

Hardware-software convergence, or how hardware and software systems are working more closely together, illustrates how each are empowering (and sometimes literally powering) the other. And in our current development environment, this is happening more than ever. Of course, deep technical skills will be of the utmost importance to navigate this technological trend, but it is also the soft skills we apply to our engineering practices that are as important in determining our success.

What skills do developers need to nurture, and how do you put them to good use? In this piece, we’ll cover three soft skills developers can use to stay ahead of the hardware-software convergence, and share resources to help you grow and maintain those skills.

Creative inspiration

First off: Creative Inspiration. While it’s easy to identify your technical shortcomings and fill those gaps with training and practice, knowing which soft skills to hone can be a lot more complicated. In fact, you could even think of these soft skills as “mindsets,” since they’re more about how you approach a problem instead of just being a tool you use to solve it. For this first skill, it will be important to start approaching challenges antidisciplinarily, rather than relying on existing mental frameworks. That’s what being creative is all about – finding new ways of doing things.

So where do you start? Ask yourself this question: What is the dent you want to make in the universe? Begin from a place of passion – think about what problems and projects keep you up at night, and what issues big or small you want to solve.

Then, understand that creative inspiration is a process. What seems like overnight genius is often the result of many erroneous attempts (ex: Thomas Edison’s 1,000 or so attempts in creating the lightbulb) and then having the fortitude to gain deeper understanding of an issue to then apply your imagination. We particularly like the design thinking method, which encourages starting from a place of inspired empathy and developing knowledge through lean prototyping and iteration. The Stanford D.School has a Bootcamp Bootleg that you can download for a quick start guide to this design framework.

Apr 17, 2017

OnQ

Q&A: Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs discusses the Tricorder XPRIZE and the winners

The invention revolution has always been inspired by technology from fiction — how do we pluck a device out of TV science fiction and make it real? Back in 2012, the Qualcomm Foundation and the XPRIZE Foundation worked together to develop the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a Star Trek-inspired competition that set out to provide anyone with the ability to diagnose health conditions by using a real-world version of the Tricorder.

After five years (the same duration as Starship Enterprise’s original mission) of competition, we’re excited to announce that Final Frontier Medical Devices takes the top prize.

I sat down with one of the drivers behind the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, former Qualcomm Foundation Chair and current Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs, to ask him a few questions…

Apr 13, 2017
Press Releases

Arbitration Panel Awards Refund to BlackBerry 

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced a binding interim arbitration award requiring Qualcomm to refund a sum of $814.9 million, plus interest and attorneys’ fees, to BlackBerry Incorporated related to royalties for certain past sales of subscriber units.   The parties had agreed to arbitrate a contract dispute relating to one specific issue: whether Qualcomm’s voluntary per unit royalty cap program applied to BlackBerry’s non-refundable prepayments of royalties for sales of a specified number of subscriber units from 2010 through the end of 2015.  

While Qualcomm does not agree with the decision, it is binding and not appealable.  The arbitration decision was limited to prepayment provisions unique to BlackBerry’s license agreement with Qualcomm and has no impact on agreements with any other licensee.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. 

Apr 12, 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm Files Answer and Counterclaims to Apple Lawsuit

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today filed its Answer and Counterclaims to the January lawsuit brought by Apple against the Company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Qualcomm’s filing details the value of the technologies Qualcomm has invented, contributed and shared with the industry through its licensing program, as well as Apple’s failure to engage in good faith negotiations for a license to Qualcomm’s 3G and 4G standard essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. The filing also outlines how Apple:

  • Breached agreements and mischaracterized agreements and negotiations with Qualcomm;
  • Interfered with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm licensees that manufacture iPhones and iPads for Apple;
  • Encouraged regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world by misrepresenting facts and making false statements;
  • Chose not to utilize the full performance of Qualcomm’s modem chips in its iPhone 7, misrepresented the performance disparity between iPhones using Qualcomm modems and those using competitor-supplied modems; and
  • Threatened Qualcomm in an attempt to prevent it from making any public comparisons about the superior performance of the Qualcomm-powered iPhones.

Qualcomm seeks, among other things, damages from Apple for reneging on its promises in several agreements and to enjoin Apple from further interference with Qualcomm’s agreements with the companies that manufacture iPhones and iPads for Apple.

“Qualcomm is the world leader in inventing and developing fundamental, ground-breaking mobile technologies that enable the worldwide mobile ecosystem. Today, Qualcomm's patented technologies remain the primary value driver for mobile devices,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. “The value of our inventions has been proven through hundreds of license agreements, negotiated and renegotiated over almost three decades, with virtually every significant handset maker in history, including the companies in Asia that have manufactured Apple iPhones and iPads. Over the last ten years, Apple has played a significant role in bringing the benefits of mobile technology to consumers with its popular products and services. But Apple could not have built the incredible iPhone franchise that has made it the most profitable company in the world, capturing over 90 percent of smartphone profits, without relying upon Qualcomm's fundamental cellular technologies. Now, after a decade of historic growth, Apple refuses to acknowledge the well established and continuing value of those technologies. It has launched a global attack on Qualcomm and is attempting to use its enormous market power to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm. We intend to vigorously defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry.

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About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Apr 11, 2017

OnQ

Qualcomm Technologies leading the pack to help make 600 MHz mobile devices a reality

The FCC recently announced the end of bidding in the auction of the 600 MHz spectrum and that the results will be released soon. Qualcomm Technologies is ready for the much-awaited deployment of 600 MHz spectrum. We have been involved in the FCC proceedings from the beginning to ensure that the band plan was technically optimal and could be efficiently incorporated into products in a timely and cost effective manner.

This prime, low-band spectrum will bring greater capacity and improved coverage to mobile operators’ networks — important benefits for consumers — but it also comes with new antenna design challenges for OEMs, because it stretches the range of frequencies supported in mobile devices, such as smartphones, to new extremes at the low end of the radio spectrum.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem and RF transceiver have been designed with 600 MHz band capability. Our advanced RF Front End (RFFE) technologies, such as dynamic antenna tuning, are designed to minimize the OEM design impact in extending their devices’ frequency range to operate in the 600 MHz band without having to increase antenna size or compromise RF performance. In the evolution towards 5G, dynamic antenna tunability will be critical in accommodating the rapidly expanding frequency range of antennas in mobile devices while minimizing the impact on their form factors.

We are working closely with operators and OEMs to facilitate early launches of 600 MHz-capable 4G multimode/multiband devices, incorporating our industry-leading modem, transceiver, and RFFE technologies as part of our Snapdragon mobile platforms.

Apr 5, 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm Extends Cash Tender Offer for All Outstanding Shares of NXP

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that Qualcomm River Holdings B.V., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, has extended the offering period of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI).  The tender offer is being made pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2016, by and between Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. and NXP.  The tender offer is now scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 2, 2017, unless extended or earlier terminated, in either case pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement.

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary for the tender offer, has advised Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. that as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on April 3, 2017, the last business day prior to the announcement of the extension of the offer, 54,811,284 NXP common shares (excluding 11,635 shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures that have not yet been delivered in settlement or satisfaction of such guarantee), representing approximately 16.3% of the outstanding NXP common shares, have been validly tendered pursuant to the tender offer and not properly withdrawn. Shareholders who have already tendered their common shares of NXP do not have to re-tender their shares or take any other action as a result of the extension of the expiration date of the tender offer.

In addition, the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (“HSR”), with respect to Qualcomm’s proposed acquisition of NXP expired effective April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., New York City time.   The expiration of the HSR waiting period satisfies a condition to the closing of the tender offer.

Completion of the tender offer remains subject to additional conditions described in the tender offer statement on Schedule TO filed by Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 18, 2016, as amended (the “Schedule TO”).  Such conditions include the receipt of regulatory approvals in certain non-U.S. jurisdictions and at least 80% of NXP’s outstanding shares being validly tendered and not withdrawn prior to the expiration of the tender offer (including any extensions). The tender offer will continue to be extended until all conditions are satisfied or waived, or until the tender offer is terminated, in either case pursuant to the terms of the purchase agreement by and between Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. and NXP and as described in the Schedule TO.  The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar 2017.

Innisfree M&A Incorporated is acting as information agent for Qualcomm River Holdings B.V. in the tender offer. Requests for documents and questions regarding the tender offer may be directed to Innisfree M&A Incorporated by telephone, toll-free at (888) 750-5834 for shareholders, or collect at (212) 750-5833 for banks and brokers.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Apr 4, 2017

Developer

4 new IoT development kits for Bluetooth Low Energy applications

Get your Bluetooth® Low Energy IoT applications ready for a new family of development kits based on the CSR102x modules from Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.

The CSR102x family is designed to reduce the development time of the Bluetooth-connected IoT applications your customers are asking for:

Heart rate sensors, security tags, general IoT – The CSR102x Starter Development Kit is a good entry point for IoT development, with I/O expansion connectors for off-board sensors and actuators. It’s ideal for software developers looking to make the transition to embedded programming.
Lighting, home automation, sensor networks – The CSR102x IoT Development Kit is a package of 3 target boards made for networking Bluetooth devices and equipped with on-board LEDs, buttons, switches and sensors.
Beacons, proximity tags, wearables – The CSR102x Bluetooth Node Development Kit is powered by a coin cell battery, comes in a small footpod form factor, and includes a chip antenna, motion sensor, programming connector and internal flash.
Health & fitness, keyboards, mice, alert tags, keyless entry – The CSR102x Professional Development Kit is made for flexibility, with a pluggable CSR1025 chip module and multiple power supply options. It’s built to accommodate application-specific plug-in boards, currently the Sports Watch Application Board and the Smart Remote Application Board (sold separately).

Because “IoT” means so many different things to so many different developers, the CSR102x family covers a wide spectrum of application possibilities. It also checks three of the most important boxes on your IoT shopping list.

The CSR102x Development Kits – Low active power, low overall cost and security

Always-on devices are always-need-power devices. The CSR102x modules feature built-in power regulation and low active power consumption, with less than 5mA active current for transmit and receive operations. In the right applications, a coin cell battery in these modules can last for years.

Somewhere in the family you’ll find a kit with the hardware configuration you’re looking for. To keep your overall system costs low, we’ve designed the CSR102x kits so that very few external components are needed. The modules are implemented with only a single crystal, and you’ll find a direct connection between the antenna and device on each kit. The application boards include all the input controls, sensors and radios for prototyping a sports watch and smart remote control.

Without security, you don’t have much of an IoT story, so the CSR102x modules include application-level security features including encryption, authentication and over-the-air updates (OTAU) which are designed to prevent software running on them from being easily compromised. Applications downloaded may be authenticated using a SHA-256 hash and RSA-1024 signature, and may (at your option) be encrypted using AES-128 – only being decrypted before being loaded into RAM.

The CSR102x family picks up where the CSR101x family leaves off, adding new storage options for application software, lower power consumption, and support for the higher data throughput and additional security features of Bluetooth 4.2.

Are the CSR102x Development Kits right for you?

If you’re an embedded developer with C programming experience, you can dive right in to any kit in the family and start prototyping new apps in no time.

If you’re an app developer who’s been looking for a smooth path into embedded programming, we’ve made the CSR102x Starter Development Kit with you in mind. The IDE that comes with the kit includes full documentation on building sample apps and getting them downloaded to the hardware. The board includes expansion connectors and a programming and debugging interface to connect to the host development PC.

There’s no need for extensive knowledge of processor or Bluetooth technology. You can get the examples up and running quickly with basic knowledge of embedded design and C programming skills.

Next steps

If there’s a one-size-fits-all for IoT, we haven’t found it yet. (And we would know.) That’s why we release our kits in families, with different applications and form factors in mind.

Have a look at our CSR102x Development Kits and find the one that best suits your needs:

Starter Development Kit
IoT Development Kit
Bluetooth Node Development Kit
Professional Development Kit and separate Sports Watch Application Board and Smart Remote Application Board

You’re just a couple of clicks away from taking your IoT development to the next level.

Mar 30, 2017