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Linkabit was a technology company founded in 1968 by Irwin M. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and Leonard Kleinrock. Linkabit and alumni have created a large number of technology companies, most notably, Qualcomm. Linkabit is currently a division of L-3 Communications.[1]

Corporate history[edit]

Linkabit Corporation was formed in mid-1968 in Los Angeles by Irwin M. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and Leonard Kleinrock (who soon left). [2]

One of the better known Linkabit products is VideoCipher, an analog scrambling system for television developed in 1983.

Linkabit hosted the first IETF meeting in January, 1986.[3]

More than 75 direct or indirect Linkabit spinoff companies have been identified — a rate twice that of Fairchild Semiconductor, the legendary progenitor of Silicon Valley. [4]

The best known Linkabit spinoff is Qualcomm, which was founded by Jacobs, Viterbi and five other Linkabit alumni in July 1985.[2]

All three Linkabit founders have received National Medals for lifetime achievements. [5]


  1. ^ [1], L-3 Communications - Linkabit page.
  2. ^ a b [2], Digitizing Communications - Linkabit page.
  3. ^ [3], List of IETF Meetings.
  4. ^ [4], San Diego Union Tribune - Linkabit genealogy.
  5. ^ [5], San Diego Telecom - National Medals for Linkabit founders.