LAS VEGAS —
Paul E. Jacobs, chairman/ CEO of Qualcomm, touted the innovations of wireless — which just so happen to be powered by his company’s chips – during his opening day keynote speech during International CES.
Jacobs, who remarked that Qualcomm is “the No. 1 supplier of silicon for wireless,” outlined some numbers to back up his claims: Qualcomm spent $3 billion in R&D last year alone, they sell a million chips a day, China has a billion mobile connections, another 1.4 billion 3G connections will be made over the next three years, and — on a more fun note — that people look at their phones 150 times a day.
“Right now many in audience are playing with their phones while I’m speaking. Unlike others, I’m good with that,” he said to laughs.
Jacobs then lauded the capabilities of his company’s Snapdragon processor, and a parade of Qualcomm Snapdragon customers then appeared on stage, including Nokia and Lenovo.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop discussed his latest Windows Phone models, and he unveiled the Lumia 900 4G LTE phone for AT&T that will be available this spring.
Liu Jun, Lenovo senior VP, showed a new smart TV powered by Qualcomm that will be introduced in China. Featuring Android 4.0, it had a cool voice-controlled remote.
Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, representatives of the Sesame Workshop (Dave and Grover), then showed a new play set that works with a Qualcomm-powered tablet that offers augmented reality.
Things segued to a bit more serious as Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Health wowed the audience with wireless devices — powered by Qualcomm — that lets consumers see their EKGs on their phones and monitor their body functions and glucose levels. He even described devices that predict whether your medicines are appropriate for your genetic makeup and could warn you if you’re going to have a heart attack. The pair then laughed about the potential for a new culture of “cyber-chondriacs.”
Jacobs called out Dr. Peter Diamondis, head of the XPrize Foundation, who described their next goal is to give a $10 million prize to the team that can develop a real-life medical tricorder (of “Star Trek” fame). —
Initial reporting on this story was done by David Elrich for the Official Daily of CES, produced by the editors of TWICE