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2010 IEEE Medal of Honor
Sponsored by IEEE Frank A. Cowan Fund
and IEEE Foundation

Andrew J. Viterbi

For seminal contributions to communications technology and theory
allows many users to occupy the same time and frequency
allocations. It provides more efficient use of power and
bandwidth, enables more calls in the same geographic
region and emits a lower level of radiated power in the
phone/device.

As developer of the Viterbi Algorithm and co-founder of
Qualcomm Incorporated, Andrew J. Viterbi's contributions
to communications technology have impacted people's
lives throughout the world. There is a Viterbi detector in
practically every disk drive and high-capacity MP3 player,
images transmitted from deep space are made possible by
the Viterbi algorithm, and third-generation mobile telephones employ one or more of Dr. Viterbi's systems. He
developed the Viterbi Algorithm in 1967, which was a
breakthrough in wireless technology that separated information (voice and data) from background noise.
Fundamentally changing how digital communications are
processed, the algorithm is used in most digital cellular
phones and satellite receivers as well as in such diverse
fields as magnetic recording, voice recognition and DNA
sequence analysis. Dr. Viterbi co-founded Qualcomm
Incorporated, San Diego, Calif., with Irwin Jacobs in 1985.
His vision and technical leadership at Qualcomm pioneered
the revolutionary Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
system as a more efficient method for digital mobile communications. Utilizing spread-spectrum technology, CDMA

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Viterbi holds memberships in
the National Academy of Engineering, the National
Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences. He has received the National Medal
of Science in 2008 from U.S. President George W. Bush
as well as several IEEE awards and honors from other
international organizations. The University of Southern
California (USC), Los Angeles, renamed its school of engineering the Viterbi School of Engineering in 2004.
Dr. Viterbi is currently president of the Viterbi Group,
San Diego, Calif., which invests in startup companies in
the wireless communications and network infrastructure
sectors, and he also holds the titles of Presidential Chair
Visiting Professor at USC and Distinguished Visiting
Professor at the Technion, Haifa, Israel.

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