SAN DIEGO --January 7, 2002 --Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the promotion of Dr. Roberto Padovani to executive vice president and chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, Dr. Padovani will shape and support Qualcomm's technical direction, oversee development activities in the business groups, guide the further development of the CDMA migration path, and increase Qualcomm's technical focus on external audiences and universities.
"Qualcomm's growth is fueled by its ongoing research and development efforts and Dr. Padovani's contributions have been instrumental to the development of CDMA," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "His advancements have led to the successful standardization of IS-95 and the design of the first CDMA chipset. He also led the development of High Data Rate technology that is now the basis for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - the first high data rate product to reach commercialization."
"It has been extremely rewarding to witness the success of CDMA technology. Our design has provided the foundation for all practical third-generation systems and standards," said Dr. Padovani. "Qualcomm has contributed key technical solutions to the wireless industry. I look forward to many more successes from the Company's extraordinarily talented engineering team."
Dr. Padovani obtained a Laureate Degree from the University of Padova, Italy and MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and named inventor or co-inventor of 45 patents covering diverse aspects of CDMA technology.
Franklin Antonio, who has served as Qualcomm's chief technology officer since 1996, is named executive vice president and chief scientist. In this role, Antonio will focus on technology innovation.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform; Eudora® e-mail software; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress®. Qualcomm owns patents that are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. Qualcomm has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 100 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 2001 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.