Qualcomm 'very committed to resolving' China probe: CEO

Qualcomm is "very committed to resolving" an antitrust probe into its business by Chinese regulators, CEO Steve Mollenkopf told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Tuesday.

"I think we'll get back to a period of time where we continue to be a very, very strong partner to China. It's actually a very important time in China, if you look at the growth of the market in China as well as the desire for the Chinese [original equipment manufacturers] to really go international," he said from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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China's National Development and Reform Commission is reportedly close to ending a more than yearlong investigation into the chipmaker.

A settlement could result in a record-breaking fine and usher in changes to the way Qualcomm collects royalties on its chips used in wireless devices.

Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm CEO
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Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm CEO

Asked which new technology segments will have the biggest impact on Qualcomm's business, Mollenkopf said he doesn't think anyone knows. As enterprises seek to make their devices more connected, Qualcomm is attracting a broad range of customers from areas such as medical and smart home, he said.

"Our strategy is to try to make it easy for people to leverage the power of mobile, and today a lot of that is happening in adjacent markets," he said.

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On Monday, Qualcomm discussed its chips that power the Internet of Things, or systems of sensors and chips that increase automation and allow machines to "talk" to one another. The company demonstrated how one of its chips could turn a light bulb into a programmable smart bulb.

It's still early in the development of software for the Internet of Things, and industry watchers should expect to see different applications powered by separate ecosystems for some time, Mollenkopf said.

The holy grail is figuring out how to create a device that can operate with multiple software platforms, and Qualcomm is experimenting with technology that could achieve that goal, he added.