Rich Karlgaard interviews Qualcomm president, Cristiano Amon at Forbes. Here is a small part of their exchange:
Rich Karlgaard: Joining me today for Talking With Tech Leaders, is Cristiano Amon, the president of Qualcomm. Now when I think of Qualcomm (QCOM), I think of it as a semiconductor company (with approx. $25 billion in sales and a $100 billion market cap). In fact, today’s guest runs the semiconductor operations for Qualcomm among his many roles. Others think of Qualcomm as a communications company, and more recently, as a 5G global leader. Cristiano, what is Qualcomm?
Cristiano Amon: Well, it’s all of the above. We’re a creator of standards, if you will. We created the fundamental wireless technology that goes into 3G, 4G, and now 5G. We also create semiconductors to power a number of devices. So we provide wireless engines for the world, not only for the majority of smartphones, but also into connected cars and connected PCs. Most people don’t realize we also provide the chipsets that go into WiFi access points. We have the number one position in both retail and enterprise on WiFi, whether it’s in the office, or in the home. And we continue to expand to other industries – wireless technologies can go everywhere. And as you said, 5G is front and center of what we do right now. This transition to 5G is one of the biggest opportunities Qualcomm has ever had.
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