Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company, today announced that they have signed a license agreement to use Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technologyto make and sell Remote Antenna Drivers/Remote Antenna Signal Processors(RAD/RASP). Sanders will use CDMA (IS-95) in its Personal Communications Services (PCS) remote antenna system, called PCS-Over-Cable, and other derivative products.
The introduction of new PCS systems beginning this year is expected to spur demand for new wireless voice and data services for both individuals and businesses. Sanders' PCS-Over-Cable system consists of a series of small transceiver units, which are connected to existing cable television (CATV) lines, and associated signal conversion equipment at the CATV head-end site. The systems provides a means for PCS operators to build out their networks without the delays and costs typically associated with conventional tower implementations. PCS-Over-Cable offers the advantages of small cell size, ease of installation, and rapid installation. Using Qualcomm's CDMA technology provides increased capacity and improved signal quality.
"Over the past year, CDMA has become the overwhelming technology choice for digital cellular and PCS providers worldwide. With this increased demand comes the opportunity for manufacturers to develop and market new wireless applications, such as Sander's PCS-Over-Cable," said Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. "These new systems will allow PCS providers to quickly and economically build out their networks."
"We believe that CDMA is a key technology platform for wireless networks because of its quality and spectrum efficiency," said Charles A. Powers, director of Telecommunications Systems for Sanders. "Our PCS-Over-Cable system leverages the existing CATV infrastructure and complements the industry's vision of two-way video and data service. With PCS-Over-Cable, operators can customize their service offerings in ways not previously possible with conventional network designs. This is a win-win proposition, with more cost-effective operations for the service provider and higher quality service for the subscriber."
Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company, is engaged in the development, manufacture, sale and support of advanced electronic systems. The company serves a broad range of defense and commercial markets through technologies that include wide-band radio, digital and analog communication systems, and very high speed real time digital signal processing.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other company products include the Eudora Pro™ electronic mail software, VLSI components, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.