Profile: Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O)
6 Dec 2013
QUALCOMM Incorporated (Qualcomm), incorporated on August 15, 1991, is engaged in design, manufacture, have manufactured on its behalf and market digital communications products and services based on code division multiple access (CDMA), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDMA) and other technologies. The Company operates in four segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); Qualcomm Wireless & Internet (QWI), and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The Company develops and supply integrated circuits and system software based on CDMA, OFDMA and other technologies for uses in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia and global positioning system products. In November 2012, the Company acquired certain assets of EPOS Development, Ltd. (EPOS), developer of ultrasound technologies for input solutions, including pen, stylus and gesture recognition. Effective July 4, 2013, Bharti Airtel Ltd raised its interest to 51% from 49% by acquiring a 2% interest in Qualcomm India Pvt Ltd, from Qualcomm Inc. In November 2013, the Company sold its subsidiary, Omnitracs, Inc to Vista Equity Partners.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Segment
QCT 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 and system software are sold to or 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, televisions and Blu-ray players.
The MSM integrated circuits, which include the Mobile Data Modem, Qualcomm Single Chip and Qualcomm Snapdragon processor-based devices, 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. QCT offers a broad 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.
Qualcomm Technology Licensing Segment
Qualcomm Technology Licensing or otherwise provides rights to use portions of the Company's intellectual property portfolio, which includes certain patent rights essential to and/or useful in the manufacture and sale of certain wireless products, including, without limitation, products implementing cdmaOne, CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA TDD (including TD-SCDMA), GSM/GPRS/EDGE, LTE and/or WiMAX standards and their derivatives. QTL licensing revenues are consists of license fees, as well as royalties based on worldwide sales by licensees of products incorporating or using the Company's intellectual property.
Qualcomm Wireless & Internet segment
Qualcomm Wireless & Internet segment includes the Company’s Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS), Qualcomm Enterprise Services (QES), Qualcomm Government Technologies (QGOV) and Firethorn. QES sells integrated wireless systems and services to transportation and logistics companies to manage their assets and workforce. QIS provides content enablement services for the wireless industry, including its Brew, Plaza and other products and services. QIS also provides QChat push-to-talk and other software products and services for wireless operators. QGOV provides development and other services and related products involving wireless communications technologies to government agencies and their contractors. Firethorn builds and manages software applications that enable mobile commerce services.
Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives segment
QSI holds wireless spectrum, including the broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum held by its subsidiaries (BWA subsidiaries) that were established to operate a wireless network in India. In addition, the results of QSI’s FLO TV business are presented as discontinued operations.
The Company competes with Broadcom, CSR plc, Freescale, HiSilicon Technologies, Intel, Lantiq, Marvell Technology, MediaTek, nVidia, Renesas Electronics, Spreadtrum Communications, ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments, VIA Telecom, Matsushita, Motorola Mobility and Samsung.
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