Qualcomm's grab bag of Israel R&D point to a future beyond chipsApr. 9, 2013
Qualcomm is a huge corporation — it's said to have some $100bn in market cap — with 157 facilities in dozens of countries around the world, including Israel.
Most of the technology the company develops here, as well as the startups it has acquired and the technologies it invests in, don't seem to fit the profile of a company that makes components for phones and tablets, or even necessarily software that it may bundle with its devices.
What Qualcomm is finding in Israel is a diverse group of technologies that are aimed at helping the company move onto its Next Big Thing, whatever that may be.
For example, Qualcomm's M2M (machine to machine) mobile platform, which is used to track the location of pets, children, elderly and expensive goods, was largely developed in Israel.
It's part of Qualcomm's 'internet of things' ambitions. The internet of things is the idea of everyday objects being intelligently connected through a combination of wireless networks, modules, sensors and software to enable the real-time exchange of information — with key elements of Qualcomm's platform developed in its Haifa facility. Among the products that have resulted from that technology is the Tagg, Qualcomm's pet tracking device.
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