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IoD Cambridgeshire's visit to high-tech start-up, Qualcomm!

30 Sep 2018
IoD Cambridge event

IoD Cambridgeshire's visit to high-tech start-up, Qualcomm!

The story of a small, nine  person start up tech company becoming part of the world’s largest semi-conductor company is a Cambridge Legend. Formally known as CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), its main products were connectivity, audio, imaging and location chips. The company split off from Cambridge Consultants in the late 90s and all CSR’s founding directors were at Cambridge Consultants at the time.

CSR started to develop and grow, gradually acquiring other companies and in 2009 merging with SiRF. The final company that CSR acquired  was Reciva, an networked audio streaming platform.

In 2014, what was once a small, nine person start-up company was acquired by Qualcomm, the largest semiconductor company in the world for $2.5 billion.

Qualcomm’s Cambridge office is now home to some 600 people who continue to develop world-leading connectivity and audio software for the Internet of Things.

Jim Walsh, VP Engineering, shared with our guests, the story of how a 9-person start-up scaled to a globally dominant player with Bluetooth technology, diversified through significant global acquisitions, and eventually became a part of Qualcomm’s organisation.

After breakfast, guests had a chance to network before being taken on an exclusive behind the scenes look at the labs where engineers develop the chips that connect the world and IoD guests had a chance to hear more about the Qualcomm Cambridge story from Jim.

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IoD East of England
The Bradfield Centre,
Cambridge Science Park,
CB4 0GA