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Qualcomm Research and Development Expense (TTM):

5.331B for March 31, 2014

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March 31, 2014 5.331B
Dec. 31, 2013 5.189B
Sept. 30, 2013 4.967B
June 30, 2013 4.732B
March 31, 2013 4.408B
Dec. 31, 2012 4.148B
Sept. 30, 2012 3.915B
June 30, 2012 3.652B
March 31, 2012 3.435B
Dec. 31, 2011 3.219B
Sept. 30, 2011 2.995B
June 30, 2011 2.773B
March 31, 2011 2.639B
Dec. 31, 2010 2.549B
Sept. 30, 2010 2.496B
June 30, 2010 2.481B
March 31, 2010 2.476B
Dec. 31, 2009 2.432B
Sept. 30, 2009 2.44B
June 30, 2009 2.447B
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About R&D Expense

R&D expenses are a line item from many companies' income statements.

R&D expense (short for research and development expense) is essentially the amount of money that a company spends to develop new products and services each year. For example, if a pharmaceutical firm hires research scientists to develop new drugs, the salaries of these researchers will generally be expensed in the R&D expense category.

Like marketing expenses, but unlike capital expenditures, R&D expenses are subtracted from revenues every year directly. Therefore, accountants treat R&D spending as an expense rather than as an investment, though there is continuous debate over whether this is the correct classification.

An investor looking at companies with large R&D expenditures should think hard about whether a single company's R&D spending is an expense (like buying rubber to produce tires) or whether it is an investment (like buying machinery to produce tires more efficiently). Determining the answer to that question can have a large impact on how the company is valued.
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QCOM Research and Development Expense (TTM) Benchmarks

Companies
Apple 5.098B
Intel 10.93B
Cisco Systems 6.195B

QCOM Research and Development Expense (TTM) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 2.432B Dec 2009
Maximum 5.331B Mar 2014
Average 3.436B
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