Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the on-time delivery of engineering samples of its next generation MSM2300 (Mobile Station Modem) chip set to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) customers worldwide. The MSM2300 is Qualcomm's fourth generation CDMA chip set for phones, providing reduced power consumption and increased functionality. Qualcomm has already received orders for volume shipments of the MSM2300 beginning in December 1997.
"Meeting delivery schedules, as promised, is an important element in Qualcomm's CDMA ASIC business strategy," said Don Schrock, senior vice president of Qualcomm's ASIC Products Division. "When we announced the MSM2300 at the CTIA show in March, we said we would ship engineering samples to our customers in the 'summer' time frame, and that is exactly what we have done. We believe we can create value in the minds of our customers by providing technically superior products, at reasonable prices, with the best support in the industry. Ultimately, it is a company's ability to deliver on its promises that earns customer loyalty. That's what we have done and intend to continue doing."
In addition to the MSM2300 chips, Qualcomm also released a new set of MSM driver, protocol stack and user interface software optimized for the new chip. Qualcomm's software implements a fully compliant IS-95A handset using MSM2300 and takes advantage of lower power consumption and more efficient CDMA modem performance.
The preliminary performance of the MSM2300 has met and, in some cases, has exceeded original specifications using the new software. Notably, stand-by power consumption has proven to be 15 to 25 percent lower than originally stated, resulting in longer handset battery life.
"The timely introduction of the MSM2300 chip set and software is a direct result of our joint planning efforts with our customers and increased global market focus," said Johan Lodenius, director of marketing for Qualcomm's ASIC Products Division. "These new products will help our customers shorten their design cycles and quickly build new CDMA products."
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, 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, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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