Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that the Company's broad range of CDMA based Wireless Internet Connectivity solutions will be demonstrated at the CTIA's Wireless '97 exhibit and convention today through March 5th. Utilizing Qualcomm's commercially available infrastructure and subscriber equipment, as well as standard over the air and Internet protocols, several implementations will be shown, from Internet information access via Qualcomm phones and Unwired Planet's UP.LINK™ browser, to complete Internet connectivity on laptop computers and handheld PCs such as LG Electronics Model LH-100E and Hewlett Packard's HP 320LX.
"Just as Qualcomm spearheaded the drive which resulted in the acceptance of CDMA as the superior wireless technology for voice services, we are now extending the benefits of CDMA to include providing one-button wireless access to the Internet," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "While voice services continue to drive system rollouts and coverage, Qualcomm is including data services across its product line to enhance the value of the voice telephone to end users and open the door to new carrier revenue opportunities."
Brent Spiner, who portrays "Data" on the popular television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, was on hand to host the demonstrations of Qualcomm's CDMA data applications at CTIA's Wireless '97 show in San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.
Qualcomm's demonstrations include several implementations of the CDMA packet data standard, IS-657. Packet data is of special interest to system operators as data 'packets' use radio and system resources only when sending and receiving information. This can be contrasted to standard cellular or landline 'circuit switched' connections which tie up a circuit for the entire data session. The result is that packet data services are much more efficient and cost effective. Three of the implementations shown are:
"Every Qualcomm Phone a Smart Phone": Each CDMA phone manufactured by Qualcomm can directly connect to Internet based information, without the need for extra modem hardware. Qualcomm has partnered with Unwired Planet, and is using its innovative web browser to combine the power of Qualcomm's CDMA phones with the wide range of information available on the Web. Several applications are being demonstrated, including stock quotes, weather reports, sports scores, movie listings, and even setting up restaurant reservations for show attendees.
"CDMA Wireless Hand-held PC Connectivity": Connectivity is being shown with Microsoft Windows CE™ based handheld PC's, providing lightweight and inexpensive wireless solutions for mobile professionals.
"CDMA Wireless Mobile Connectivity": Qualcomm phones are being shown connected to laptop computers demonstrating on-line Internet connectivity. Without the need for an external modem, and using just a cable from a Qualcomm CDMA phone to a laptop, applications such as Netscape Navigator™ and America Online™ are being demonstrated.
"The HP 320LX palmtop PC with Qualcomm's wireless CDMA Internet access will give HP customers the power to stay on top of their vital business even when they are away from the office," said Khen Joo Khaw, general manager of Hewlett-Packard's Asia-Pacific PC Division. "The full-width display and communications features on the HP 300 series palmtop PCs make them and ultimate tools keep a mobile workforce organized and in touch."
"We believe CDMA will offer customers high performance wireless data services to compliment the already successful international voice launches," said Peter Suh, chief technology officer of LG Electronics. "Qualcomm phones connected to our LG Electronics Model LH-100E handheld PC demonstrates just how easy it will be for CDMA customers to connect to the Internet."
The end-to-end solution being demonstrated at the show utilizes a Qualcomm Intelligent Base Station Controller (IBSC), a Qualcomm 1900MHz Base Station Transceiver Sub-system (BTS), a standard network router, as well as the IS-95 air interface and IS-657 CDMA packet data standards. Industry-standard Internet and communications protocols are also being used (TCP/IP). No modems are needed and simple software upgrades allow CDMA cell site equipment to support this feature. Additionally, data traffic is carried from CDMA cell sites to the switching center via the same backhaul used for voice traffic. Data rates are either 9600 or 14400 bps are currently offered.
"Qualcomm is excited to be the first wireless infrastructure provider to offer products that support packet data, a feature utilized primarily for Internet connectivity," said Tom Bernard, president of Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Products Division. "By providing higher data rates than competing technologies, along with the robust and private CDMA airlink, packet data has been easily integrated into our network systems with a simple software upgrade. A standard network router can also be included in the IBSC to offer operators this new, revenue generating feature in CDMA networks worldwide."
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licensesand 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 equipment on 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 29, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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