Qualcomm Vice Chairman Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi was appointed by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on High Performance Computing and Communications, Information and Technology and the Next Generation Internet. The Advisory Committee will provide expertise to the White House, as the Administration develops policy affecting high performance computing, communications and networking.
"In this era of global competition in telecommunication it is vital to look forward and develop those technologies that maintain American leadership in these critical areas and provide the American public with the advantages which they provide," Dr. Viterbi said. "I look forward to sharing Qualcomm's vision with the President's Advisory Committee to help make it a reality."
Dr. Viterbi joins 18 additional members serving on the newly created committee, all bringing a broad range of knowledge and expertise from the high-tech computing and communication technology arenas.
The Advisory Committee will held its first meeting on February 27 in Arlington, Virginia. One item on the agenda discussed was the Next Generation Internet Initiative announced by President Clinton in October, 1996, focusing on guiding the Administration in the development of advanced information technologies to help ensure national security, understand and protect the environment, improve health care and education, provide training for the U.S. workforce and sustain economic competitiveness and productivity. The Committee will also focus on interagency programs and broad issues of federal technology investment.
One of the founders of Qualcomm Incorporated, Dr. Viterbi is vice chairman of its Board of Directors and played a major role in the invention and development of Qualcomm's proprietary Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
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