Invention

Qualcomm® was built on the spirit of innovation. We believe an idea can spark a change, transforming the world in extraordinary new ways. For us, collaboration is the key to igniting that spark. Our inventions are the foundation of so many of the incredible advancements that are part of our wireless world today—from smartphones to tablets, to cameras and cars and homes. And every day, we are inspired to discover what comes next on the road to invention.

We changed everything about the smartphone.

We know you love your smartphone. And if you’ve ever wondered why it can do so many cool things, or how that file downloaded super-fast even though you’re on Wi-Fi, or how it knows where you are when you get lost, that’s our ingenuity at work. Our inventions help you stream, learn, chat and be entertained—which is what makes you love your smartphone. 

Moving the wireless industry forward.

Our business model is surprisingly simple: invent, share, collaborate. Since our foundation , Qualcomm has relentlessly invented fundamental technology that enables the modern mobile experience—and we share these inventions in two distinct ways. We share these inventions broadly through licensing,  ensuring wide ecosystem access to foundational technology at the core of mobile innovation. And through the development of wireless chipset platforms and other product solutions, we accelerate consumer adoption of experiences enabled by these inventions. As a company, we  collaborate across the entire ecosystem—from manufacturers to operators and developers, from governments to standards—to create a global environment that continuously drives progress and growth. 

First place in the race to 5G.

5G will revolutionize industries – and help change the way we live, work and relate to each other – by enabling millions of devices to intelligently connect in ways never before imagined. And just like 3G and 4G, 5G will be brought to you by Qualcomm.

Patents mark our progress.

The Qronicles of Invention is our interactive Patent Wall, which visualizes the technological innovations that sparked the mobile internet and changed the world.

Bringing invention to life.

Our inventions have helped to change the world, reshaping how we live, work, learn and play.

The man behind a billion connections.

Our spirit comes directly from founder Irwin Jacobs, whose drive to explore what’s possible has fueled a lifetime of innovations.

The world-changing technology that almost wasn’t.

CDMA has a fascinating history, from its Hollywood beginnings to the skeptics who said the wireless technology would never work.

When every second counts.

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One team implements wireless connectivity to improve data collection.

Meet the inventors behind the inventions.

Tell us it can’t be done, and we’ll do it. We invented the technology that runs the wireless networks and smart devices you rely on every day. We’re a group of engineers and thought leaders with a drive to create more. And we’re collaborating with inventors around the globe, the tinkers and makers who see things in a fresh light. Explore the personalities behind the scenes at Qualcomm, and the inventors we’ve invited to create using our technology—and see what we’re thinking up next.

Building for the future.

Qualcomm Research

The more we know about technology, the greater ability we have to enhance it. Qualcomm Research, a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has been making history for nearly three decades. The secret? Unrelenting focus on the future.

Public Policy

Qualcomm supports policies that encourage innovation, foster the proliferation of mobile technology and enable business-friendly environments globally.

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