Profile: Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O)
24 Feb 2017
QUALCOMM Incorporated, incorporated on August 15, 1991, is engaged in the development and commercialization of a digital communication technology called code division multiple access (CDMA). The Company is engaged in the development and commercialization of the orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) family of technologies, including long-term evolution (LTE), which is an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based standard that uses OFDMA and single-carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA), for cellular wireless communication applications. The Company's segments include QCT (Qualcomm CDMA Technologies), QTL (Qualcomm Technology Licensing) and QSI (Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives). The Company also develops and commercializes a range of other technologies used in handsets and tablets that contribute to end user demand, such as certain audio and video codecs, the wireless local area networks (WLAN) 802.11 functionality and volatile and non-volatile memory controllers. Other technologies used by wireless devices that it has developed include operating systems, user interfaces, graphics and camera processing functionality, integrated circuit packaging techniques, sensors and sensor fusion algorithms and application processor architectures.
The Company's products principally consist of integrated circuits (chips or chipsets) and system software used in mobile devices and in wireless networks. The Company also sells other products and services, which include integrated circuits for use in wired devices, broadband gateway equipment, desktop computers and streaming media players; software products and content and push-to-talk enablement services for wireless operators, and products designed for the implementation of small cells.
The Company's QCT segment is a developer and supplier of integrated circuits and system software based on CDMA, OFDMA and other technologies for use in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia and global positioning system products. QCT’s integrated circuit products are sold and its system software is licensed to manufacturers that use the Company's products in wireless devices, particularly mobile phones, tablets, laptops, data modules, handheld wireless computers and gaming devices, access points and routers, data cards and infrastructure equipment, and in wired devices, particularly broadband gateway equipment, desktop computers and streaming media players. The Company's mobile station modem (MSM) integrated circuits, which include the Mobile Data Modem, Qualcomm Single Chip and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and LTE modems, perform the core baseband modem functionality in wireless devices providing voice and data communications, as well as multimedia applications and global positioning functions. In addition, the Company's Snapdragon processors provide advanced application and graphics processing capabilities. The Company designs both the baseband integrated circuit and the supporting system, including the radio frequency (RF), Power Management (PM) and connectivity devices. The Company also provides support, including reference designs and tools.
The QCT segment offers a portfolio of products, including both wireless device and infrastructure integrated circuits, in support of CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO, as well as the EV-DO Revision A/B evolutions of CDMA 2000 technology. The Company also develops and offers integrated circuits supporting the Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) version of third generation (3G) for manufacturers of wireless devices. QCT also sells multimode products for the LTE standard. The Company's wireless products also consist of integrated circuits and system software for WLAN, Bluetooth, frequency modulation (FM) and near field communications, as well as technologies that enable location data and services. QCT also offers stand-alone WLAN, Bluetooth, applications processor and Ethernet products for mobile devices, consumer electronics, computers, automotive infotainment, home appliances and other connected devices. The Company's networking products include WLAN, Powerline and Ethernet chips, network processors and software. These products enable home and business networks to support the connected devices, digital media, data services and other smart home applications.
The Company's QTL segment grants licenses or otherwise provides rights to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which include certain patent rights essential to and/or useful in the manufacture and sale of certain wireless products, including, without limitation, products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA TDD, and/or LTE standards and their derivatives. The Company's licensees manufacture wireless products, including mobile devices; consumer devices; machine-to-machine devices and plug-in end user data modem cards; certain embedded modules for incorporation into end user products; infrastructure equipment required to establish and operate a network and equipment to test networks, and subscriber units.
The Company's QSI segment makes strategic investments that are focused on opening opportunities for its technologies and supporting the design and introduction of products and services for voice and data communications. These investments are in early-stage companies in a range of industries, including digital media, e-commerce, healthcare and wearable devices. The investments primarily include non-marketable equity instruments.
The Company competes with Airoha Technology Corp., Broadcom, Ericsson, HiSilicon Technologies, Intel, Marvell Technology, Maxim Integrated Products, MediaTek, Microchip Technology Inc., Nvidia, Realtek Semiconductor, Samsung Electronics, Tsinghua Unigroup, Avago Technologies Ltd., Leadcore Technology Co., Ltd., Qorvo Inc. and Skyworks Solutions Inc.
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