Press Release

Qualcomm Introduces QEDesign® Release 1.3 For CDMA and AMPS Network Planning and Simulation

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leader in wireless communications solutions, today announced the immediate commercial availability of QEDesign Release 1.3, the industry's premier planning and simulation software solution for CDMA and AMPS networks.

"Qualcomm realizes that accurate network planning is a crucial first step for the successful deployment of CDMA systems as well as for system expansion and enhancement. QEDesign offers CDMA operators an exceptional software solution written specifically for CDMA network planning," said Tom Bernard, president of Qualcomm's Wireless Infrastructure Products Division. "With QEDesign's commercial release 1.3, Qualcomm now offers an improved, user-friendly planning software, to round out our complete design and deployment products and services."

QEDesign provides comprehensive planning, analysis and simulation features and functions for CDMA network planners, including: interactive path loss analysis (path loss cursor); handoff simulation; wide range of data importand conversion capabilities; CDMA-specific coverage analysis; microcell modeling and analysis; neighbor list management; PN offset planning; visual antenna editor; field measurement integration and RF model refinement; and WYSIWYG plot outputs.

A simple, easy-to-use graphical user interface increases a network planner's productivity through extensive use of direct on-screen manipulation such as drag-and-drop and point-and-click functions, interactive analysis features including line-of-sight, path-loss and spider cursor, complete online documentation and support for visual data set overlays. Also provided as new options are: complete AMPS modeling and analysis in support of cellular network migration from AMPS to CDMA; and a minicell modeling function, licensed from Multiple Access Communications Ltd (Release 1.3.1).

"As the developer of CDMA technology, QEDesign focuses on CDMA network planning and design, leveraging Qualcomm's broad knowledge and experience with the technology, and its successful deployment," said Mark Kelley, director, Qualcomm's Network Planning.

QEDesign can be used to analyze and predict the performance of CDMA systems by providing software solutions that include RF propagation prediction, custom loss and demand, coverage and capacity based on non-uniform system loading and prediction of CDMA hand-off zones.

QEDesign offers a variety of key technical support features including analysis of CDMA optimization, load, reverse and forward links and high speed propagation. QEDesign also provides the highest resolution and versatility of graphical outputs, as well as frequency reuse efficiency and independent analysis of vendor equipment.

In addition to the software and its extensive functionality, Qualcomm offers a full set of complimentary pre- and post-installation services, ranging from network planning consulting to system configuration and installation, plus full help desk and customer care services.

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

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Qualcomm, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks and Eudora Pro is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated.