Qualcomm CEO Jacobs to deliver pre-show keynote at 2013 CES

10:50 AM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced that Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm, will deliver the preshow keynote address at the 2013 International CES. 

Dr. Jacobs' keynote will highlight Qualcomm's "Born Mobile" theme that addresses mobile technology's role in the world.  Thanks to anywhere, anytime communication, mobile technology brings people together and is enabling a powerfully connected future, a future that is now.  Mobile has become an integral part of consumers daily lives, and it will continue to transform the way individuals and communities interact with one another and the world around them.

"Dr. Jacobs heads a global company with transformative technologies connecting people not only to each other, but to the future," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.  "Qualcomm has mobile computing in its DNA, and we look forward to hearing Dr. Jacobs explore the promise of a world of complete interconnectivity - a world that exists today, and his vision of a connected future for both the generation born with a tablet in hand, and the rest of us who are becoming more mobile each day.  This keynote demonstrates the crucial role that mobile technologies have at the International CES and increasingly throughout the world." 

Mobile devices drive the industry. Tablets are leading the way as the fastest growing product in technology history.  CEA research shows that tablets are expected to reach $29.1 billion in shipment revenues this year - up 83 percent - with unit sales expected to reach 68.5 million. 

As a key architect of Qualcomm's strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs' responsibilities include leadership and oversight of all the company's initiatives and operations.  Through his technology innovations and advocacy, Dr. Jacobs has spearheaded Qualcomm's efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technology breakthroughs that have contributed significantly to the growth of the company and the industry. 

Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include: the first smartphone based on Palm OS; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones; the Brew system, which enables over-the-air downloading of applications and the world's first mobile app store; and Snapdragon processors, which have seen extraordinary growth and innovation and powered hundreds of devices worldwide during his tenure.   

Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 1989 and a year as a post-doctoral researcher at a French government lab in Toulouse, Dr. Jacobs joined Qualcomm fulltime in 1990 as a development engineer leading the mobile phone digital signal processor software team.  Five years later, Dr. Jacobs became vice president and general manager of the combined handset and integrated circuit division, which was subsequently divided into Qualcomm Consumer Products (QCP) and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, respectively. Dr. Jacobs became CEO in July 2005 and was appointed Chairman in 2009. 

As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 40 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices.  Dr. Jacobs is chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and chair of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering; trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and a member of the US-India CEO Forum and the Young President's Organization. 

The 2013 CES will feature 3,000 global technology companies unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories, including the latest in audio, automotive electronics, connected home technologies, digital imaging/photography, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more.  Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 CES is the world's most important technology event and will run January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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