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Trade legislation breaks barriers to U.S. products

8 Jun 2015

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The House of Representatives will soon vote on giving the president of the United States Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA is a “legislative procedure, written by Congress, through which Congress defines U.S. negotiating objectives and spells out a detailed oversight and consultation process for during trade negotiations.” Voting to give the president this authority would allow him to “submit trade agreements to Congress for an up-or-down vote within a set period of time, without amendment.” (Learn more here.)

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf recently published an essay in The San Diego Union-Tribune laying out the reasons why this is a good idea—good for U.S. workers, and good for U.S. businesses.

Our biggest advantage is our leadership in globally competitive fields that are already attracting a significant amount of foreign direct investment that creates high-skilled, high-paying jobs in life sciences, shipping, defense technology and wireless communications.

Global markets help to drive San Diego’s economy, and this is the best argument for congressional passage of legislation that would grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to the president. TPA strengthens the ability of the United States to negotiate and conclude trade agreements. These agreements are needed to help American businesses and workers sell more products around the world by breaking down barriers to U.S. products, services and investment, and creating enforceable intellectual property protection and transparent rule-making. I am confident that if people across Asia and Europe have fair and open access to all the world produces, they will choose the cutting edge products and services created in San Diego.

But San Diego companies won’t have preferential access to these markets without TPA.

Congressional passage of TPA would authorize the president to negotiate and conclude trade agreements with other countries. These agreements would then be sent to Congress for an up-or-down vote. In other words, once U.S. trade negotiators reach a deal with foreign counterparts, Congress would exercise its constitutional authority to approve treaties but wouldn’t be able to rewrite the trade agreement. This provides crucial assurance to both Americans and our trade partners that a deal is a deal. (Imagine what it’s like to sign a contract after tough and protracted negotiations—sometimes lasting years—if you aren’t sure the other side will live up to its promises.)

Unlocking new markets is important to Qualcomm. Our business by its very nature is without borders, yet it’s the global diffusion of mobile technology and Qualcomm’s contributions in particular that support the jobs we have created in San Diego.

Qualcomm has more than 15,000 employees in San Diego—about half of our global work force. And engineers make up roughly two-thirds of our global work force. A 2013 study co-sponsored by the Economic Development Corp. found that for every job created at Qualcomm, another 2.3 jobs are generated in the San Diego region. But the key to why we are such a global company and why you find our technology licensed around the world—in effect, the export of our intellectual property—is our engineering.

It is the experimentation and invention that takes place here in San Diego that drives Qualcomm’s global contributions to the semiconductor chips and technology found in smartphones and other mobile devices from Beijing to Berlin to Balboa Park.

San Diego’s innovative spirit is infused across the biotech, defense, services, ports and tourism industries. Our city’s passion for solving today’s global problems is what sets San Diego apart and sharpens our competitive edge. According to a recent report from the Brookings Institution, the San Diego region is poised to strengthen its economy through increased global activity. It described the San Diego economy as a textbook example for how strong educational institutions and an innovative culture can be leveraged to make a region competitive around the world and be an engine for local job creation.

Breaking new ground with American trade agreements will bolster the rule of law, strengthen intellectual property protection and raise environmental and labor standards, all of which will make selling products around the world fairer for Qualcomm, the biotech industry, defense contractors and the rest of San Diego. It ensures that new inventions, products and services created in San Diego will be able to access global customers, which translates into more economic growth and jobs at home. That is why we hope to see quick and decisive congressional passage of TPA.

We count on our representatives in Washington to understand how much international trade means to businesses and workers in the San Diego region and beyond. We need them to recognize that San Diego companies are ready to compete more fairly around the world, and we want this administration to open new markets for us with Congress’ support.

That can only happen with the immediate passage of Trade Promotion Authority.

Steve Mollenkopf

Chief Executive Officer

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QCA4010 in a development kit: Hostless, low-power Wi-Fi SoC

You’ve built out your embedded Internet of Things (IoT) SW application and you need a Wi-Fi platform to run it on, with low power consumption and a rich set of communication protocols and physical interfaces.

Time to look at the QCA4010 Wi-Fi module from Qualcomm® Technologies, Inc. (QTI). It’s available now in an evaluation kit for professional embedded developers and system engineers.

Low-power Wi-Fi Use Cases

QCA4010 is designed for IoT applications that require low-power Wi-Fi with an integrated micro-control unit (MCU) in a single package, large application memory (800KB) and multiple I/O options. You can connect sensors and actuators to the hostless system-on-chip and start working on a variety of use cases:

Home automation – Connect QCA4010 to the cloud to retrieve weather forecasts. Depending on imminent conditions, you can raise/lower window shades, set temperature in the HVAC system and adjust irrigation.
Lighting – Attach a light sensor to monitor and adjust the intensity and color of light in a room. LIFX uses QCA40xx series chips in its smart lighting products.
Metering – Monitor data on consumption of water, gas and electricity, then send readings over the cloud to utilities for billing and analysis.
Geolocation – Monitor position of users’ wrist bands and other wearables as they move among Wi-Fi networks.
Remote control – Connect switches, motors and displays to the cloud, then control devices worldwide through a mobile app.
Household appliances – Retrofit refrigerators, washers, dryers and other white goods for the IoT.
Logistics – Track movement of goods and mobile devices inside a building’s Wi-Fi network.

With 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity, QCA4010 also paves the way for IoT applications in energy management, medical devices and smart cities.

Development Kit for QCA4010

QTI is working with multiple vendors on development kits that can be purchased by developers to help them build IoT applications around QCA4010. Here’s the process

Purchase a development kit based on QCA4010. In North America, you can purchase a Silex module from Arrow Electronics.
Use any of multiple physical interfaces to connect sensors and other peripherals to the kit (see images).
Download and install the QCA4010 SDK.
Download and install the Cadence Xtensa Toolchain. It includes the tools you’ll need to evaluate, design, develop, produce, support and maintain the products you build around QCA4010.
Write and debug your applications, then iterate on the development kit.

To get your programming rolling, you’ll find plenty of documentation on QCA4010, including a device spec, release notes, a user guide and a quick start guide. We’ve also provided demos in the SDK:

Soft AP mode
HTTP server and HTTP client using wmiconfig commands
Simple DNS server and DNS client
Throughput tests
Concurrency demo
Hostless UART demo

Besides cloud connectivity to popular cloud providers such as Google Weave and Apple Homekit, QCA4010 also supports multiple protocols for communicating locally such as the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and AllJoyn from the AllSeen Alliance.

Next Steps

Get your QCA4010 development kit today. It’s designed for a broad range of IoT design requirements: physical interfaces, Wi-Fi modes, low power options and communication protocols. Build out your prototypes on the kit now, and start shipping in no time.

7 Feb 2017