American global semiconductor company

Qualcomm is a wireless communications and SoC research and development company located in San Diego, California, USA. The company produces semiconductors, software, etc. It is best known for working in 5G,[2] 4G,[2] CDMA2000, and WCDMA standards.

Qualcomm Incorporated
Traded as
IndustryTelecoms equipments
FoundedJuly 1985; 36 years ago (1985-07)
San Diego, California
Area served
Key people
Cristiano Amon (CEO)
Mark D. McLaughlin (chairman)
ProductsCDMA/WCDMA chipsets, Snapdragon, BREW, OmniTRACS, MediaFLO, QChat, mirasol displays, uiOne, Gobi, Qizx, CPU
RevenueDecrease US$23.53 billion (2020)
Decrease US$6.26 billion (2020)
Increase US$5.20 billion (2020)
Total assetsIncrease US$35.59 billion (2020)
Total equityIncrease US$6.08 billion (2020)
Number of employees
41,000 (2020)
Footnotes / references


The company was founded in 1985 by Irwin Jacobs, Franklin Antonio and four other co-founders.

In 1999, the base station production was sold to Ericsson.

In 2000, the company acquired SnapTrack, a developer of A-GPS systems for mobile phones under the gpsOne brand.

In 2000, the production of cell phones was sold to the Japanese company Kyocera. The company focused on the development and licensing of wireless technologies, as well as the production of ASICs that implement these technologies.


  1. "US SEC: 2020 Form 10-K Qualcomm Incorporated". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. November 4, 2020. Archived from the original on January 20, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Licensing | Intellectual Property". March 18, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.