Press Release

Qualcomm Announces PureVoice Single-Chip Solution

Apr 30, 1996SAN DIEGO

Qualcomm products mentioned within this press release are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Qualcomm Incorporated, (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the availability of a single-chip vocoder that utilizes PureVoice™, the latest version of the proprietary 13 kilobit Qualcomm Code Excited Linear Predictive (QCELP-13) speech coding algorithm. PureVoice, named for its near landline voice quality, was developed for use in Qualcomm's cellular and Personal Communications Services (PCS) products featuring the Company's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology.

As a single-chip solution, part number Q4413, PureVoice is ideal for a wide range of voice compression applications including voice mail, land-mobile radios, satellite communications, secure communications and high compression digital recording. The Q4413 supports full-duplex operation in both fixed and variable rate modes. In fixed rate mode, the vocoder can operate at data rates of 13.3 kilobits/second or 6.2 kilobits/second. Invariable rate mode, the Q4413 continuously chooses among four coding rates on a frame-by-frame basis to guarantee the best voice quality at the lowest data rate. Speech pauses are encoded at 800 bits/second, while voice is encoded at 13.3, 6.2 or 3.1 kilobits/second.

The vocoder detects when the background noise level changes and dynamically adjusts its test parameters to maintain the optimal data rate and voice quality. The user can also customize the way variable rates are chosen to meet the data rate requirements of a particular application. For telecommunications applications, an optional G.165 network echo canceller and Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) support are included on the chip.

Pricing for the Q4413I-1S1 in 100 piece quantities is $69.00 per device. Production quantities will be available in late June 1996.

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.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 24, 1995 and most recent Form 10-Qs.###

Qualcomm and OmniTRACS are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Globalstar, L.P. Eudora is a registered trademark of the University of Illinois, Board of Trustees, licensed to Qualcomm Incorporated.