Qualcomm CEO Impresses With Data,Intelligence and Charm

Posted by · January 10, 2012 11:16 am

By the time they get to CES, most CEOs have their pitches, talking points and keynotes down to a science and often come off disingenuous and over-rehearsed in live events.  Not so for Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs.  Yes, Jacobs is extremely well-spoken, but his hint of a southern accent, genuine smile and practical knowledge about the industry make him seem approachable, likable and most of all, authoritative on all things tech related.  (Of course, the PhD from Berkeley doesn’t hurt his authority either.)

In case you don’t know much about Qualcomm, the company designs and supplies CDMA chipsets, including the ultra-fast Snapdragon processor and pretty much every other mobile-related technology you can imagine.  Snapdragon is now servicing 300 plus devices and there are 350 more in development.

This year, Qualcomm will bring the Snapdragon S4 to market.  The platform will drive your TV, notebook, tablet and probably any other mobile device that comes out in the future.  But most importantly, Snapdragon chipset technology will support Windows 8 devices, which will enable devices to keep their Metro-Style apps (discussed by Ballmer at yesterday’s keynote) up to date while preserving battery life.

According to Jacobs, Qualcomm has shipped more than 7 billion chipsets worldwide and is the number one manufacturer of silicon for mobile. But unlike so many other keynote speakers do, Jacobs shared more than just data about Qualcomm.  His speech was filled with interesting facts and figures on mobile usage around the globe and how technology is impacting the world for good, not evil.

Here is some of the data Jacobs shared about mobile devices:

  • There are more than 6 billion wireless connections worldwide. 1.6 billion connections are 3G broadband.
  • Most people check their phones 150 times per day. (I’ve never quantitatively kept track of how many times I check mine, but qualitatively I’m nearly positive this is true.)
  • 1.2 billion people access news on mobile devices. That’s more than all people who pay for cable and three times more than the number of people who pay for newspapers to be delivered to their house.

Jacobs on emerging and foreign markets:

  • Emerging countries now represent 80% of the world’s population and represent tremendous opportunities for growth.
  • By 2014, emerging countries will produce 50% of the global GDP.
  • China will pass 1 billion mobile connections this year. Two-thirds of all Internet users there access web via mobile phone. that’s about as many ppl as live in the US.
  • In India. mobile broadband connections surpassed tradition fixed connections in the Q4 of last year.
  • In Indonesia, Internet cafe owners are starting to see a downturn in business because so many people are accessing the Internet from their mobile phones.
  • 1.3 million mobile connections are expected in emerging regions within next few years. (I don’t know if that is total connections or just new connections.)

The bottom line? People want to be connected, regardless of geography, background or socioeconomic status.