Raj Talluri, vice president of product management with Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, holds one of the company’s Snapdragon microchips that serve as a computer operating system, enabling smartphone users to check email, listen to music or watch video.

Raj Talluri, vice president of product management with Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, holds one of the company’s Snapdragon microchips that serve as a computer operating system, enabling smartphone users to check email, listen to music or watch video. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

QUALCOMM INC.

CEO: Paul Jacobs.

Revenue: $14.96 billion in FY 2011; $10.99 billion in FY 2010.

Net income: $4.26 billion in FY 2011; $3.25 billion in FY 2010.

No. of local employees: 10,509 as of Aug. 1, according to the San Diego Business Journal’s 20 Largest Employers list.

Headquarters: Sorrento Valley.

Year founded: 1985.

Stock symbol and exchange: QCOM on Nasdaq.

Company description: Fabless manufacturer of semiconductors for cellphones and other devices; and developer/licensor of wireless technology.

Key factors for success: Continuous innovation of products; variety of products; stable management; significant investment in research and development.

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