Jacobs is chairman of Qualcomm's board of directors and the company's chief executive officer. He has been at the company full time since 1990.
Important developments which began under Jacobs include: the first Palm OS®-based smartphone, inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones, the Brew® system of over-the-air downloading of applications, and MediaFLO™ technology for mobile TV.
Jacobs has been granted more than 35 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices. He also chairs the World Economic Forum's Future of Mobile Communications council.