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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
August 7 , 2006
(202) 289-8928
Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs Added to Aspen Agenda
QUALCOMM Co-Founder, Chairman to Offer Tuesday Keynote Address

WASHINGTON D.C. - Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at QUALCOMM Incorporated, has agreed to give the keynote luncheon speech on the final day of The Progress & Freedom Foundation's 12th Annual Aspen Summit. Jacobs, a pioneer of wireless communications technology, will present a pertinent overview of concepts presented throughout the Aspen Summit, expanding on this year's theme, "Global Competition, Convergence and Culture." Jacobs will discuss these concepts in the context of the global economy. His address is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd.

A veteran of the communications industry for over thirty five years, Jacobs co-founded QUALCOMM Incorporated in 1985 and served as the company's Chief Executive Officer until July, 2005. QUALCOMM is renowned as the pioneer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology. CDMA has revolutionized digital communications and is now a technological standard for communications equipment manufacturers. Prior to the founding of QUALCOMM, Jacobs served as Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of LINKABIT Corporation. LINKABIT, a forerunner of many of today's telecommunications companies, was responsible for the introduction of commercial Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) wireless phones and various satellite technologies. Prior to his innovative work in the private sector, Jacobs served as Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego and as Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his time at MIT, Jacobs co-authored a textbook on digital communications, Principles of Communication Engineering, which is still used today.

Jacobs has been the recipient of various awards and honors throughout his distinguished career. These include The National Medal of Technology Award from President Clinton in 1994, honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, San Diego State University, University of Waterloo, and the Technion, and numerous industry awards for his work and innovation in the communications and electrical engineering field.

The agenda and further details about the 2006 PFF Aspen Summit at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado can be found on our web site and registration can be performed online. Members of the media will have their registration fees waived and should contact Amy Smorodin for more information at or (202)289-8928.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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