Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Sep. 25, 2011
Notes to Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Note 12 - Acquisition
Note 12. Acquisitions
On May 24, 2011, the Company acquired Atheros Communications, Inc., which was renamed Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. (Atheros), for total cash consideration of $3.1 billion (net of $233 million of cash acquired) and the exchange of vested and earned unvested share-based payment awards with an estimated fair value of $106 million. Atheros sells communication chipsets to manufacturers of networking, computing and consumer electronics products. The primary objective of the acquisition is to help accelerate the expansion of the Company's technologies and platforms to new businesses beyond cellular, including home, enterprise and carrier networking. Atheros was integrated into the QCT segment.
The allocation of the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their fair values was as follows (in millions):
Current assets

Amortizable intangible assets:
Technology-based intangible assets

Marketing-related intangible assets

Customer-related intangible assets

In-process research and development (IPR&D)


Other assets

Total assets


Goodwill recognized in this transaction is not deductible for tax purposes and was allocated to the QCT segment for annual impairment testing purposes. Goodwill largely consists of expected revenue synergies resulting from the combination of product portfolios, cost synergies related to reduction in headcount growth and lower manufacturing costs, assembled workforce and access to additional sales and distribution channels. The intangible assets acquired will be amortized on a straight-line basis over weighted-average useful lives of four years, six years and three years for technology-based, marketing-related and customer-related intangible assets, respectively. The estimated fair values of the intangible assets acquired were primarily determined using the income approach based on significant inputs that were not observable. On the acquisition date, IPR&D consisted of 26 projects, primarily related to wireless local-area network and powerline communications technologies. The projects are expected to be completed over the next three years. The estimated remaining costs to complete the IPR&D projects were $36 million as of the acquisition date. The acquired IPR&D will not be amortized until completion of the related products as it was determined that the underlying projects had not reached technological feasibility at the date of acquisition. Upon completion, each IPR&D project will be amortized over its useful life; useful lives for IPR&D are expected to range between two to six years. Acquisition costs related to the merger of $23 million were recognized as selling, general and administrative expenses as incurred in fiscal 2011. The Company’s results of operations for fiscal 2011 included the operating results of Atheros since the date of acquisition, the amounts of which were not material.
The following table presents the unaudited pro forma results for fiscal 2011 and 2010. The unaudited pro forma financial information combines the results of operations of Qualcomm and Atheros as though the companies had been combined as of the beginning of fiscal 2010, and the pro forma information is presented for informational purposes only and is not indicative of the results of operations that would have been achieved if the acquisition had taken place at such times. The unaudited pro forma results presented include amortization charges for acquired intangible assets, eliminations of intercompany transactions, adjustments for increased fair value of acquired inventory, adjustments for incremental stock-based compensation expense related to the unearned portion of Atheros stock options and restricted stock units assumed, adjustments for depreciation expense for property, plant and equipment and related tax effects.
(In millions)


Net income attributable to Qualcomm


During fiscal 2011, the Company acquired nine other businesses for total cash consideration of $466 million. Technology-based intangible assets recognized in the amount of $150 million are being amortized on a straight-line basis over a weighted-average useful life of five years. Goodwill recognized in these transactions, of which $234 million is expected to be deductible for tax purposes, was assigned to the Company’s reportable segments as follows (in millions):




Nonreportable segments


During fiscal 2010, the Company acquired six businesses for total cash consideration of $50 million. Technology-based intangible assets recognized in the amount of $32 million are being amortized on a straight-line basis over a weighted-average useful life of 11 years. During fiscal 2009, the Company acquired one business for total cash consideration of $17 million.