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Irwin M. Jacobs

Qualcomm

1985 - Present

Communications

1980 b. 1933
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateCornell University
GraduateMS & PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Personal
Born-Died1933
BirthplaceMassachusetts (MA)
RaceWhite
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1980

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.