Ed Knapp

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Engineering
Qualcomm Corporate R&D
Ed Knapp is responsible for Qualcomm’s New Jersey Research Center. Mr. Knapp has more than 30 years of communications technology experience with over 20 years invested in the development of the wireless industry, including 3 start-ups. He has led teams in all facets of the wireless business including planning and engineering operator networks (Verizon Wireless/NextWave), the development of video software platforms (PacketVideo), new OFDMA hardware and radio protocols (Flarion), semiconductor SoC developments as well as advanced R&D projects (Qualcomm).
Mr. Knapp’s current research interests include the evolution of 3G/4G networks to small cells through the development of Qualcomm’s Femtocell Station Modem™ (FSM™) SoCs, and the development of mobile/vehicular device to device (D2D) technology including applications in LTE. Ed joined Qualcomm with the acquisition of Flarion Technologies in 2006.
Before joining Flarion, Knapp was the chief technology officer of PacketVideo Corporation, a leading provider of multimedia software for streaming of video to mobile devices.
Prior to PacketVideo, Knapp co-founded and served as the senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer of NextWave Telecom, Inc.
Mr. Knapp also served as the executive director of technical services for Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile (Verizon Wireless) where he was responsible for the New York Metro area cellular system.
He received a master's of business administration from Columbia University, his master's of science degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in New York, and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stony Brook University.