Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the introduction of MSM3000, the next generation single-chip Mobile Station Modem (MSM) baseband processing solution featuring data rates greater than 64 kbps, a new microprocessor architecture, advanced power control and several other new features. The high data rates will be supported by IS-95B compliant infrastructure and enable effective use of handsets for a new breed of Internet applications with fast packet switched access to databases, e-mail and web browsing.
The MSM3000 includes proprietary CDMA building blocks, an ARM® MCU and several DSP cores integrated onto a single chip. Target applications include subscriber units for multi-mode cellular and PCS handset and data communications devices. The MSM3000 interfaces directly to Qualcomm's new IF chips, IFT3000 and IFR3000, which perform all transmit and receive signal processing required between digital baseband and RF. Together, the MSM3000, IFT3000/IFR3000 and RF front end make up all the system hardware necessary for an entire IS-95A or IS-95B CDMA compliant subscriber unit.
"The MSM3000 is the first single-chip baseband solution for any cellular or PCS standard to enable data speeds at and above 64 kbps. Taking advantage of CDMA technology enabled us to make the MSM3000 very low powered and cost efficient. The entire feature set has been carefully developed in close interaction with customers in worldwide markets throughout the definition and design process," said Johan Lodenius, vice president of marketing for Qualcomm's ASIC Products Division.
The new SuperFinger™ demodulator architecture in MSM3000 supports simultaneous demodulation of up to six or eight channels, depending on rate-set used, for a maximum speed of 86.4 kbps. The chip is asymmetrically optimized for typical client-server, e-mail and web-browsing applications with speeds up to 14.4 kbps on the reverse link. The SuperFinger architecture uses a minimum of silicon real estate for a very cost-effective and low-power implementation.
With the introduction of ARM7 TDMI, the MSM family gets a much higher performance microcontroller with lower power consumption and smaller relative compiled code size. To facilitate software development, the ARM peripherals have been customized by Qualcomm to facilitate in-phone debugging capabilities of production handsets. The existing MSM code base and RTOS is being ported to the ARM and then re-layered, closely meeting the need for smooth migration and fast implementation of new services and user interfaces.
A new enhanced sleep controller for both CDMA and AMPS Mode will cut power consumption significantly, both in the chip and entire phone. An estimated 200 hours of stand-by time is expected using an 800 mAh battery in CDMA mode and about a 2x improvement of AMPS stand-by time.
The MSM3000 supports 8k and 13k QCELP® and EVRC vocoders as well as new Voice Recognition functions, meeting the increasing practical and legal need for new user interfaces with hands-free operation.
The MSM3000 has a new pinout with many similarities to previous MSM generations and is backwards compatible with existing radio designs. To allow for flexibility in design, it will be fabricated in a 0.35 um process at 2.7 V min. and later in a 0.25 um process with 2.3 V min. in 196-pin PBGA and 176-pin TQFP packages.
First engineering samples are expected to be available in the summer of 1998 with production quantities expected in late 1998. The MSM3000 will be available from several world-class foundries to ensure security of supply.
"As we continue to introduce leading-edge CDMA microelectronics, the MSM3000 is an important next step allowing our customers to design even more feature rich CDMA handset and data products with confidence. With our extensively tested chipset and software products and technical support, customers are ensured of timely high-quality results without sacrificing flexibility to add own innovations," said Donald Schrock, president of Qualcomm's ASIC Products Division.
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 CDMA wireless communications systems and products, the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services) 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 products, 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-Q.
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