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Qualcomm Dubai – 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.
Progress, with purpose.
Invention is at the heart of human progress, at the heart of the mobile industry, and both are at the heart of our business. Qualcomm inventions helped launch the mobile revolution and can be found in billions of devices around the world, from smartphones and tablets, to cameras and cars, and beyond. Today, we continue to push the boundaries of possibility, and remain relentless in our pursuit of the next big thing, to make people more connected, to make a difference in everyday life.
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.
1985 – Qualcomm is founded
In July of 1985, seven people – Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Harvey White, Franklin Antonio, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, and Adelia Coffman found Qualcomm, opening the Company’s first office in La Jolla, California. That same year, Qualcomm lands its first contract and begins working with CDMA, a unique digital wireless technology used by the U.S. military for secure communications.
1988 – Qualcomm pioneers M2M communications
In August of 1988, the Company launches OmniTRACS, a satellite-based data communications system for the transportation industry that enables truck fleet operators to effectively track and monitor their vehicles in the field. Later this year, Qualcomm receives its first major OmniTRACS order from Schneider National Trucking Company. Qualcomm is still a fledgling company and the order provides it with a much-needed capital infusion.
1989 – Qualcomm makes a historic phone call, CDMA is proven
In the spring of 1989, Qualcomm and PacTel Cellular commit to staging a demonstration of CDMA to 50 of the wireless industry’s most influential leaders.
With only six months to engineer the demo, the team was still making final adjustments when Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs took to the podium in San Diego, California on November 7, 1989. Deftly stalling for time in his opening remarks, Dr. Jacobs eventually received the “thumbs up” from one of the engineers and placed the demonstration call that made wireless history.
1991 – Qualcomm becomes a public company. In December of 1991, Qualcomm conducts its IPO, making 4 million shares of the Company available to the public on the NASDAQ.
1993 – Qualcomm establishes itself as pioneer for mobile Internet; makes largest strides with CDMA
– In February of 1993, Qualcomm demonstrates basic packet data (TCP/IP) services over CDMA, establishing leadership as an early advocate for mobile Internet connectivity.
– In March of 1993, Qualcomm introduces the industry’s first dual-mode CDMA-AMPS mobile phone, the CD-7000 is the first in a series of CDMA-based cellular telephones designed by Qualcomm.
– In July of 1993, the U.S. Telecommunications Industry Association adopted CDMA as a cellular standard, validating Qualcomm’s business model and opening the door to the global proliferation of this advanced digital wireless technology.
2010 – 3G connections surpass 1 billion; Qualcomm samples first dual-core Snapdragon chipsets
2011 – Acquires Atheros, an industry leader in local area networking & connectivity; Snapdragon delivers speeds of up to 2.5GHz.
2012 – World’s first modem to support both HSPA+ and LTE Advanced.
2013 – First LTE-Advanced smartphone.