In July 1985, seven industry veterans came together in the den of Dr. Irwin Jacobsâ€™ San Diego home to discuss an idea. Those visionariesâ€”Franklin Antonio, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Irwin Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and Harvey Whiteâ€”decided they wanted to build â€œQUALity COMMunicationsâ€ and outlined a plan that has evolved into one of the telecommunications industryâ€™s greatest start-up success stories: Qualcomm Incorporated.
Qualcomm started out providing contract research and development services, with limited product manufacturing, for the wireless telecommunications market. One of the teamâ€™s first goals was to develop a commercial product. This effort resulted in OmniTRACSÂ®. Since its introduction in 1988, OmniTRACS has grown into the largest satellite-based commercial mobile system for the transportation industry today.
This early success led the company to take a daring departure from conventional wireless wisdom. In 1989, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) endorsed a digital technology called Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA ). Just three months later, Qualcomm introduced Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), a superior technology for wireless and data products that changed the global face of wireless communications forever.
Today, Qualcomm plays a central role in the rapid adoption and growth of 3G and next-generation wireless around the world. Qualcommâ€™s current intellectual property portfolio includes more than 7,200 United States patents for wireless technologies, with more than 145 telecommunications equipment manufacturers licensing them worldwide.
Since 1985, Qualcommâ€™s visionary technology leadership has been carrying the world forward, changing it by improving the way people communicate, work and live. And with that same pioneering spirit, Qualcomm is still innovating, still chipping away at the boundaries of whatâ€™s possible, still changing the world, one idea at a time.