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Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs Speaks!


While in Southern California last week, BoomTown sat down with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs to have a chat about the booming market for smart phones and, well, smart everything.

Here, among other topics, he talks about another new moniker–a smart book–which is not a netbook and not a smart phone, but essentially a smart phone that runs like a low-powered, always-on laptop computer.

Jacobs certainly hopes such innovative devices will take off, as his company is going to be one of the ones to benefit from such an explosion. In fact, a slowdown in the mobile market was behind the drop in quarterly profit Qualcomm announced last week.

But the San Diego-based tech firm also raised estimates, given that it concentrates on the fast-growing and fast-forward smart phone market, such a 3G handsets, and making profits from licensing patents on its technology in the arena.

With all the swirl around iPhones from Apple (AAPL), the Palm (PALM) Pre, the various new BlackBerrys from Research in Motion (RIMM) and whatever else gets cooked up by Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG) and others in the critical smart and mobile device market, it’s interesting to hear what Jacobs has to say.

Here’s the video interview:

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