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Qualcomm Inc Segments

CDMA Technologies
   66.49 % of total Revenue
Technology Licensing
   32.74 % of total Revenue
Wireless & Internet
   0.77 % of total Revenue

Business Segments (Sep. 30, 2015)
(in millions $)
IV. Quarter
(of total Revenues)
(Sep. 30, 2015)
(in millions $)
IV. Quarter
(Profit Margin)
CDMA Technologies
3,625.00 66.49 % 280.00 7.72 %
Technology Licensing
1,785.00 32.74 % 1,487.00 83.31 %
Wireless & Internet
42.00 0.77 % -54.00 -
5,452.00 100 % 1,713.00 31.42 %

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Growth rates by Segment (Sep. 30, 2015)
Y/Y Revenue
IV. Quarter
Q/Q Revenue
(Sep. 30, 2015)
Y/Y Income
IV. Quarter
Q/Q Income
CDMA Technologies
-25.24 % -5.92 % -73.21 % -3.11 %
Technology Licensing
-0.56 % -7.56 % -3.19 % -10.1 %
Wireless & Internet
-12.5 % - - -
-18.53 % -5.74 % -32.85 % 22.53 %

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Business Segments Description

QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies Segment (QCT)

QCT is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA-based integrated circuits and system software for wireless voice and data communications and GPS products. QCT offers software and integrated circuits for wireless handsets and infrastructure equipment. These products provide customers with advanced wireless technology, enhanced component integration and interoperability, and reduced time to market. QCT provides integrated circuits and system software to many of the world’s leading wireless handset and infrastructure manufacturers. QCT is dependent on four major customers, Samsung Electronics Company, Motorola Inc., Kyocera Wireless and LG Electronics. The loss of any one of these customers could reduce our revenues and harm our ability to achieve or sustain acceptable levels of operating results. QCT subcontracts all of the manufacturing and assembly, and most of the testing, of its integrated circuits. QCT depends on a limited number of third parties to perform these functions, some of which are only available from single sources with which QCT does not have long-term contracts.

QCT sells products to both wireless phone and infrastructure manufacturers. For wireless phone manufacturers, QCT’s products include baseband and system software, radio frequency, intermediate frequency, and power management devices. These highly integrated products enable manufacturers to design very small, feature-rich handsets with longer standby times that support existing cdmaOne and 3G services. For wireless infrastructure manufacturers, QCT offers CDMA integrated circuits and system software that provide wireless standards-compliant processing of voice and data signals to and from wireless handsets. In addition to the key components in a wireless system, QCT provides our customers with system reference designs and development tools to assist in customizing features and user interfaces, to integrate our products with components developed by others, and to test interoperability with existing and planned networks. Together, the phone and infrastructure products and services form a complete system for the wireless communications industry. QCT is also closely aligned with manufacturers and carriers in product plans, design specifications and development timelines.

Our gpsOne wireless location feature has enabled a host of new value-added, high-precision location-based services such as friend finder, child safety, personal direction finding and mobile yellow page services, and has enabled CDMA system operators to meet the FCC’s E911 mandate. Using a hybrid approach that utilizes signals from both the GPS satellite constellation and CDMA cell sites, the gpsOne feature enhances location services availability, expands terrain coverage, accelerates the location determination process and provides better accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or while using GPS-enabled commercial applications. E911 deployments by CDMA carriers in the United States are well under way. Approximately fifteen million gpsOne-enabled terminals are in use today, supporting well in excess of 130 high-precision location-based services in Japan, South Korea and China.

We have developed 1xEV-DO technology designed to provide reliable, cost-effective and always-on wireless data and Internet access to consumers. It is fully compatible with existing cdmaOne and CDMA2000 1X technologies, and has been standardized as part of the CDMA2000 mode of the 3G standard. The versatility of 1xEV-DO allows the technology to be embedded in phones, laptop and handheld computers, and other fixed, portable and mobile devices; 1xEV-DO enables manufacturers to deliver products with access to services that were previously only available through wired connections to the Internet or enterprise networks. The 1xEV-DO technology allows carriers to leverage their current infrastructure investment and maintain compatibility with existing phone equipment. We designed and developed a complete package of products, including both infrastructure and phone integrated circuits, in support of the industry-wide movement to standardize, develop and deploy 1xEV-DO technology in CDMA2000 networks.

Our MSM series integrated circuits are the primary integrated circuits in a CDMA wireless phone. Our Cell Site Modem (CSM) series integrated circuits are the primary integrated circuits in a wireless service provider’s base station equipment. The MSM5000, CSM5000, MSM5010, MSM5105 and MSM5100 integrated circuits and system software are the world’s first integrated circuits and software implementations of the 3G CDMA2000 standards. The MSM5000 digital baseband product is designed to support CDMA2000 1X for operation in a single 1.25 MHz channel. The CDMA2000 1X standard is fully compatible with current cdmaOne networks, allowing carriers to deploy 3G networks while maintaining existing coverage for all subscribers, eliminating the expense of moving to a new network.

The MSM5000 provides up to a 50% increase in handset standby time and is feature- and pin-compatible with our MSM3000 integrated circuit, allowing manufacturers currently producing handsets using the MSM3000 to rapidly implement CDMA2000 1X technology in their handsets. QCT’s CSM5000 base station product is the industry’s first to support the CDMA2000 1X standard, based on IS2000 for CDMA base stations as specified by the ITU. The CSM5000 product provides carriers with up to twice the overall voice user capacity of IS-95A and IS-95B systems. The MSM5010 CDMA2000 1X chipset is an entry-level product offering improved voice capacity for applications where high-speed data rates are not required. The MSM5105 CDMA2000 1X product offers improved voice capacity and the introduction of new 3G data services for mainstream subscribers. The MSM5100 is the first CDMA2000 1X integrated circuit with advanced position location capabilities and has integrated Universal Serial Bus and Bluetooth functionality, as well as other features of the Launchpad suite including multimedia.

The CSM5500 and MSM5500 integrated circuits offer 1xEV-DO handset and infrastructure modems for high-speed data. These products support the 1xEV-DO standard, as well as CDMA2000 1X, and offers compatibility with IS-95 A/B CDMA systems.

QCT’s MSM6xxx family of products, incorporating radioOne technology, enables tiered products for CDMA2000 1X, 1xEV-DO, WCDMA and GSM/GPRS networks. The MSM6000 CDMA2000 1X integrated circuit is an entry-level product optimized for voice applications. The MSM6025 provides voice and limited data capabilities to support demand by carriers worldwide for lower-tier handsets that also support data services. The MSM6050 integrated circuit offers multimedia applications with optimized gpsOne for mainstream users. We currently ship MSM6100 integrated circuit and system software, a highly integrated CDMA2000 1X multimedia product enabling lower system costs for manufacturers developing handsets with advanced multimedia applications. There are in excess of 20 separate handset designs expected to come to market based on this platform in the next 12 months.

Extending the MSM6xxx family of integrated circuits, we have also announced the development of the MSM6150 integrated circuit and system software for CDMA2000 1X and the MSM6550 integrated circuit and system software for CDMA2000 1X, 1xEV-DO and multimode GSM/GPRS. These highly integrated products address global market requirements for higher quality video and graphics performance on wireless devices. We began providing samples to customers of the MSM6300 in September 2002, a single-baseband 3G product for multimode and multiband CDMA2000/GSM/GPRS. The MSM6300 and accompanying radioOne radio frequency integrated circuits comprise the first world-phone integrated circuit enabling global roaming across wireless networks.

Leveraging our expertise in CDMA we have developed integrated circuits for manufacturers and carriers deploying the WCDMA/UMTS version of 3G. We began shipping samples to customers of the MSM6200 integrated circuit in June 2002, and to date have announced that Samsung, LG Electronics and Sanyo plan to develop handsets and Option Wireless plans to develop data cards, which are modem devices that insert into laptop computers to facilitate access to the Internet via wireless networks. The MSM6200 integrated circuit and system software is a highly integrated system for WCDMA/UMTS/GSM and GPRS and includes gpsOne position-location technology, Bluetooth connectivity and a host of multimedia features.

In July 2003, we began providing samples to customers of the MSM6250 integrated circuit, for which LG Electronics is the first announced customer, to support enhanced multimedia applications for WCDMA/UMTS/GSM/GPRS handsets. We have also announced the planned development of the MSM6275 radioOne integrated circuit and system software, a high-performance product delivering High Speed

QUALCOMM Technology Licensing Segment (QTL)

QTL grants licenses to use our intellectual property portfolio, which includes certain patent rights essential to and/or useful in the manufacture and sale of CDMA (including cdmaOne, CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO/1xEV-DV, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA) products. QTL generates revenue from license fees as well as ongoing royalties based on worldwide sales by licensees of products incorporating our intellectual property. The license fees are generally nonrefundable and may be paid in one or more installments. Ongoing royalties are nonrefundable and are generally based upon a percentage of the net selling price of licensed products. Revenues generated from royalties are subject to quarterly and annual fluctuations. Fluctuations are the result of variations in product mix, product pricing and quantities of sales by our licensees and the impact of currency fluctuations associated with royalties generated from international sales.

QUALCOMM Wireless & Internet Segment (QWI)

QUALCOMM Internet Services (QIS)

The QIS division provides technology to support and accelerate the convergence of wireless data, Internet and voice services. The BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) platform is an application execution environment that provides an open platform for wireless devices, which means that BREW can be made to interface with many software applications, including those developed by others. The BREW platform is part of a complete package of products for wireless applications development, device configuration, application distribution, and billing and payment. The BREW platform currently leverages the capabilities available in QCT’s integrated circuits and system software, enabling development of feature-rich applications and content while reducing memory overhead and maximizing system performance. The BREW product and services include the BREW SDK (software development kit) for developers, the BREW applications platform (i.e. software programs) and interface tools for device manufacturers, and the BREW Distribution System that enables network operators to get applications from developers to market and coordinate the billing and payment process. This includes BREW extensions, such as virtual machines, browsers and other interpreters that process executable content, such as JAVA midlets, XHTML, HTML, JavaScript and Flash. Commercial BREW-based services enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over-the-air from an operator’s application download server.

In November 2001, KTF, a leading wireless phone operator in South Korea, launched the world’s first commercial BREW-enabled applications service. KTF’s BREW-enabled wireless data service runs on a CDMA2000 1X high-speed data network as well as EV-DO. Nine additional operators have since commercially launched BREW services including Verizon Wireless, Alltel, US Cellular, and Midwest Cellular in the US, KDDI in Japan, Telstra in Australia, BellSouth in Colombia, VIVO in Brazil, and China Unicom. Additionally, Reliance, the largest CDMA carrier in India, has signed a definitive agreement to launch BREW services in the rapidly growing India wireless market.

In January 2002, we announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Nextel for QChat, a technology developed to provide a reliable method of instant connection and two-way communication between users via their mobile phones. Using QChat, users may speak with other users virtually instantaneously at the push of a button. It enables one-to-one (private) and one-to-many (group) calls over 3G CDMA networks. The technology also allows over-the-air upgrades of handset software, management of group membership by subscribers and ad-hoc creation of chat groups. It uses standard voice-over Internet protocol technologies. This means sending voice information in digital form over Internet protocol-based data networks (including CDMA) in discrete packets rather than the traditional circuit-switched protocols of the public switched telephone network. In addition to Nextel, we are actively pursuing QChat deployments with other carriers around the world.

QUALCOMM Wireless Business Solutions (QWBS)

We provide satellite and terrestrial-based two-way data messaging and position reporting services to transportation companies, private fleets and construction equipment fleets. The satellite-based OmniTRACS mobile communications system was first introduced in the United States in 1988. Message transmission and position tracking for the OmniTRACS and TruckMAIL systems are provided by use of leased Ku-band and C-band transponders on commercially available geostationary earth orbit satellites. The OmniExpress, GlobalTRACS and LINQ systems use wireless digital terrestrial networks for messaging transmission, and the GPS constellation for position tracking. These mobile communications systems help transportation companies, private fleets and construction equipment fleets improve the utilization of assets and increase efficiency and safety by improving communications between drivers, machines and dispatchers. System features include status updates, load and pick-up reports, position reports at regular intervals, and vehicle and driving performance information.

In the United States, we manufacture and sell OmniTRACS, TruckMAIL, OmniExpress and GlobalTRACS mobile communications equipment and related software packages and provide ongoing messaging and maintenance services. We have sold OmniTRACS, TruckMAIL and OmniExpress system products for use by private trucking fleets, service vans, marine vessels, trains, federal emergency vehicles, and for oil and gas pipeline control and monitoring sites. In fiscal 2003, we announced and began shipping our GlobalTRACS system to the construction equipment industry, providing wireless access to equipment operating data and location, regardless of equipment type or manufacturer. Message transmissions for operations in the United States are formatted and processed at our Network Management Center in San Diego, California, with a fully-redundant backup Network Management Center located in Las Vegas, Nevada. We estimate the Network Management Center currently processes over seven million messages and position reports per day.

Recently we announced the availability of driver authentication, wireless panic button and tamper detection features, three new security enhancements for the OmniTRACS system to help customers meet increased homeland security needs and to help deter cargo theft. We announced OmniOne, a new enterprise application for BREW-enabled CDMA handsets that facilitates mobile worker assignments and tracking status updates for numerous industries, including transportation and logistics, utilities and service fleets. We also announced our agreement with CardioNet, a provider of outpatient cardiac telemetry technology and services, in which we will utilize our QUALCOMM QConnect service to provide connectivity between the CardioNet mobile monitoring devices and the CardioNet Monitoring Center.

Outside of the United States, Mexico and Europe, we work with telecommunications companies and carriers to establish the OmniTRACS system concept and products in foreign markets. The OmniTRACS system is currently operating throughout Europe and in the Middle East, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea. Internationally, we generate revenues from the OmniTRACS system through license fees, sales of network products and terminals, messaging and service fees. Service providers that operate network management centers for a region under our granted licenses provide OmniTRACS messaging services. We also run QUALCOMM Wireless Business Solutions Europe, B.V., a Netherlands subsidiary, that brings mobile communications products and messaging services to the European market. In September 2003, this subsidiary acquired certain assets of Alcatel Mobicom, a competitor of QWBS in Europe.

QUALCOMM Digital Media (QDM)

The QDM division is comprised of the Government Systems and Digital Cinema businesses.

The Government Systems business provides development, hardware and analytical expertise to United States Government (USG) agencies involving wireless communications technologies. We have developed a CDMA Type 1 secure wireless terrestrial phone for the USG, the QSec-800, that operates in enhanced security modes and incorporates end-to-end encryption. During fiscal 2003, QSec-800 phones were shipped to the USG. In fiscal 2003, the next generation Type 1 secure phone development was launched with USG funding. Additionally, OmniTRACS products and services are being marketed and sold for USG worldwide applications.

We develop technologies to support the processing, transmission and management of content for a variety of media applications, including the delivery of digitized motion pictures. In fiscal 2002, we released an end-to-end Digital Cinema System product which combines our expertise in advanced image compression, electronic security, network management and integrated circuit design to provide the secure delivery of digitized motion pictures to theatres worldwide. In May 2000, we entered into a strategic alliance with Technicolor Digital Cinema, Inc. (Technicolor) and formed a joint venture, Technicolor Digital Cinema, LLC (TDC), in which we owned a 20% interest. The joint venture has marketed the QUALCOMM Digital Cinema System and worked with the motion picture industry as a technology enabler and service provider while supporting open standards for the digital delivery of motion pictures. In August 2003, we jointly announced with Thomson, the parent company of Technicolor, that we sold our equity interest in TDC to Thomson, a move that results in sole Thomson ownership of the venture. As part of the sale, Technicolor has acquired exclusive rights to manufacture, sell and service the multi-screen Theatre Management System, a key component of the Digital Cinema System. This sale arrangement does not preclude us from continuing to develop and market core digital cinema products and technologies, including decoder modules, encoders and conditional access systems that are based on our compression and decryption technology.

QUALCOMM Strategic Initiatives Segment (QSI)

We make strategic investments to promote the worldwide adoption of CDMA products and services for wireless voice and Internet data communications, including CDMA carriers, licensed device manufacturers and companies that support the design and introduction of new CDMA-based products or possess unique capabilities or technology. We make strategic investments in early stage companies and, from time to time, venture funds to support the adoption of CDMA and the use of the wireless Internet. We also provide financing to CDMA wireless operators to facilitate the marketing and sale of CDMA equipment by licensed manufacturers. In November 2001, we acquired controlling interests in two CDMA carriers in Brazil (Vésper Operating Companies). We have agreed to sell these two CDMA carriers, subject to certain conditions, in fiscal 2004 but will continue to fund their operations until the anticipated sale closes. We have a significant equity investment in Inquam Limited (Inquam). Inquam owns, develops and manages wireless communications systems, either directly or indirectly, with the primary intent of deploying CDMA-based technology.

Other Businesses

QUALCOMM Consumer Products (QCP)

In February 2000, we sold our terrestrial-based CDMA wireless consumer phone business, including our phone inventory, manufacturing equipment and customer commitments, to Kyocera Wireless (Kyocera). As part of the agreement with Kyocera, we formed a subsidiary that had a substantial number of employees from the former QUALCOMM Consumer Products business to provide services to Kyocera on a cost-plus basis to support Kyocera’s phone business.

QUALCOMM Wireless Systems (QWS)

Under now-terminated contracts with Globalstar L.P. (Globalstar), we designed, developed and manufactured subscriber products and ground communications systems utilizing CDMA technology and provided contract development services. Globalstar was formed to design, construct and operate a worldwide, low-Earth-orbit satellite-based telecommunications system (the Globalstar System). We currently hold an approximate 6.3% interest in Globalstar through certain limited partnerships and other indirect interests.

On January 16, 2001, Globalstar announced that, in order to have sufficient funds available for the continued progress of its marketing and service activities, it had suspended indefinitely principal and interest payments on all of its debt, including its vendor financing obligations.


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