Wireless internet has arrived. What's the next stage in our wireless lives? Computing, entertainment and healthcare will be increasingly mobile.
Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated and is also chairman of Qualcomm's board of directors. Dr. Jacobs has been the primary driver of Qualcomm's focus on enabling wireless data services, which make the cellphone a tool not only for voice communications, but also the most personal device for entertainment, computing and information access. Following completion of his PhD in 1989 and a year as a post-doctoral researcher at a French government lab in Toulouse, Dr. Jacobs joined the company fulltime in 1990 as a development engineer leading the cellphone digital signal processor software team. His early work focused on the initial variable-rate 8 kbps speech codec for CDMA. Following this effort, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded the wireline-quality 13 kbps speech codec effort, which became CDMA's initial differentiating consumer feature. The core engineering team involved in this effort would later be integral to the development of Qualcomm's Launchpad suite of functions and capabilities that ship as software with every Qualcomm chipset. As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has also been granted more than 25 patents for his inventions in the area of wireless technology. In 1995, he became vice president and general manager of the combined handset and integrated circuit division, which was subsequently divided into Qualcomm Consumer Products (QCP) and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, respectively. He was named senior vice president of the Company in 1996 and president of QCP in 1997; he was named executive vice president of Qualcomm in 2000 and group president of Qualcomm Wireless & Internet (QWI) in 2001. QCP developed and manufactured the wireless industry's first CDMA digital handsets, supporting the rapid global deployment of cdmaOne in the 1990s. Under Dr. Jacobs, that business became the No. 2 CDMA handset supplier in the U.S. prior to its sale to Kyocera Wireless in 2000, with revenues of more than $1.4 billion in Qualcomm's Fiscal 1999. At QCP, Dr. Jacobs gained extensive operational experience, helped launch numerous CDMA systems and cultivated important executive relationships at top network operators and manufacturers globally. Other important developments begun under Dr. Jacobs in QCP include the first Palm OS-based smartphone. He started Qualcomm's initiative to include global positioning system capabilities in cell phones (which led to the acquisition of SnapTrack and Qualcomm's development of gpsOne position-location technology) and drove the development of a uniform set of application programming interfaces to simplify the process of putting software on handsets. Dr. Jacobs expanded this latter idea into the overall concept for the BREW system, which included dynamic downloading of applications to cellphones with checks for digital signatures on the applications to ensure the integrity of the content, and the business ecosystem that enables BREW developers to engage operators globally and receive payment for their applications. The BREW solution is now deployed broadly by wireless network operators around the world.
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