Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) is a semiconductor company that leads in the development, design, manufacturing and marketing of digital wireless telecommunications products and related services. The San Diego, California-based company operates four business segments, namely: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm Technology Licensing Segment (QTL), Qualcomm Wireless and Internet Segment (QWI), and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives Segment (QSI).
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT)The QCT segment fabricates integrated circuits (ICs) and systems software based on CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) and other technologies. Its products are used in voice and data communication, networking, application processing and multimedia devices, and global positioning systems (GPS). Qualcomm relies on independent third-party suppliers for the manufacturing, assembling, and testing of its ICs. ICs manufactured by Qualcomm for wireless devices have applications in WLAN, Bluetooth, frequency modulation (FM), and near field communications (NFC) modules, which are in turn used in consumer electronics devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops and routers. ICs for wired devices include Ethernet and Powerline networks, which are used in products such as broadband gateway equipment, desktop computers and set-top boxes.
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