Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it has signed an agreement with TriQuint Semiconductor (NASDAQ: TQNT) to jointly develop radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) handsets. The joint agreement addresses the radio frequency receive functions required in Qualcomm's CDMA Personal Communications Services (PCS) phones. One focus of the development is on an RF receive component which provides critical radio performance required to achieve compliance with the North American IS-95 CDMA standard.
"This agreement will marry Qualcomm's design engineering and CDMA technology expertise with TriQuint's high-quality semiconductor production capability, and will provide the customer-owned tooling (COT) support that we require," said Don Schrock, vice president and general manager of the ASIC Products group for Qualcomm. "We plan to maximize TriQuint's established low cost, high volume commercial manufacturing capability to satisfy Qualcomm's projected demand for CDMA PCS components."
The components will be implemented in TriQuint's Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technology and designed by teams at TriQuint and Qualcomm, and will be manufactured at a new plant that TriQuint is building in Hillsboro, OR. The component design will use the excellent radio frequencies properties, such as, low noise and low distortion, inherent in TriQuint's proprietary gallium arsenide technology. Specifically, low noise is required for superior system sensitivity to support wide base station spacing and best call quality. The radio's enhanced performance capability will contribute toward realization of the desired optimal CDMA handset performance in which range is maximized, robustness is ensured and high system capacity is realized.
"This is a major design win for TriQuint. Qualcomm has been the pioneer in the use of CDMA for cellular and PCS applications," said Ron Ruebusch, vice president and general manager of the Wireless Communications Division for TriQuint. "We are delighted to supply cost effective, high performance RF integrated circuits for Qualcomm's CDMA handsets."
TriQuint and Qualcomm will also be investigating a wide range of other RFICs for various CDMA wireless applications, such as wireless local loop and the Globalstar satellite system.
TriQuint Semiconductor is a leading manufacturer of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal gallium arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits. The company produces standard products as well as customer-specific ICs for high-performance wireless, telecommunications, and computer systems, and also offers GaAs manufacturing services. TriQuint is certified to the ISO9001 international quality standard. TriQuint (TQNT) has been listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange since December 1993. For more information onTriQuint products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.tqs.com.
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, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
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 and commercial implementation of the Company's CDMA technology, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale up and operations of CDMA systems, timing and receipt of license fees and royalties, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipmenton a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, 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 28, 1997 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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