Irwin M. Jacobs
Qualcomm
1985–Present
Qualcomm
1985–Present
Jacobs is a pioneer in the wireless technology industry. The company that he founded, Qualcomm, developed a satellite-based communications protocol called CDMA, Code Division Multiple Access. Considered one of the fastest growing wireless technologies, CDMA became the industry standard for cellular telecommunications; it is used as the backbone of Sprint’s PCS (personal communications services). Qualcomm’s technology has also been selected as the primary technology for a new selection of third generation wireless systems.

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