ORLANDO, Fla. - September 21, 1998 - Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM),pioneer and one of the world leaders of Code Division Multiple Access(CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced its revolutionary newpdQ™ smartphone. The all-in-one digital phone and pen-based organizerintegrates Qualcomm's industry leading CDMA wireless technology with 3Com'sPalm Computing platform. Qualcomm will commence market trials with both adual-mode 800 MHz digital/analog version and a single-mode 1900 MHz digitalversion of the pdQ smartphone in the fourth quarter of 1998. Commercialavailability of the pdQ smartphone is expected in the first half of 1999.
"Qualcomm's CDMA phones and 3Com's PalmPilot™ and Palm III™ connectedorganizers have been among the most successful products in the history ofconsumer electronics," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of QualcommConsumer Products. "The pdQ smartphone is our solution to consumers'requests to combine the capabilities of their Palm Computing organizerswith the Qualcomm CDMA digital phone. With the introduction of Qualcomm'ssmartphone, businesses and consumers can reduce the number of communicationdevices they carry to one, while expanding voice and data capabilities."
"The introduction of Qualcomm's new smartphone represents the beginning ofa new era of integrated wireless data and voice communications devices,"said Mark Bercow, vice president, strategic alliances and platformdevelopment at Palm Computing, Inc., a 3Com company. "The extension of thePalm Computing platform into telephony and the rapidly growing wirelesscommunications market opens our technology to an even broader range ofusers and increases the opportunities for our growing solutions providercommunity as well."
The pdQ smartphone maximizes CDMA wireless data capabilities to provideusers with the ability not only to make voice calls, but also to keep trackof appointments, catalog contact information, send and receive email, surfthe Internet, and receive alpha numeric pages, all from one device.Because the pdQ smartphone is based on the Palm Computing platform, morethan 1,000 productivity applications are available to users, includingenterprise information management, contacts, scheduling and groupware,communications, and business and personal productivity applications.
Leveraging the Palm Computing platform, Qualcomm has developed ApplicationProgramming Interfaces (APIs) to the telephony platform of the pdQsmartphone. The Company will release a Software Developers' Kit (SDK) tothird party developers and OEMs for the development of mobile personal andbusiness productivity applications for Qualcomm's smartphone as consumerdemand warrants.
The pdQ smartphone includes three new Qualcomm developed applications forShort Messaging Service (SMS) alert management, email and web browsing.Qualcomm's unique SMS alert manager is fully customizable to launch theparticular application with which it is associated automatically. Forexample, a voice mail alert will dial a voice mail number automatically toretrieve messages.
Qualcomm's new smartphone measures approximately 15.7cm x 6.7cm x3.5cm.Weighing in at approximately 229 grams, the pdQ smartphone features a flipdown phone keypad for easy call dialing and a large 160-by-240 pixel LiquidCrystal Display (LCD) touch screen for the display of information and dataentry. Users can dial a number automatically by simply tapping on acontact name in their address book with the stylus. Data is input viaGraffiti® power writing software developed by Palm Computing. For greaterflexibility in data management, HotSync® technology allows users totransfer and synchronize information between the pdQ smartphone and apersonal computer. Additional product information is available athttp://www.qualcomm.com.
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm Incorporated develops,manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communication systemsand products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. TheCompany's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationarysatellite based, mobile communications system providing two-way data andposition reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems andproducts and, in conjunction with others, the development of Globalstar™low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Companyproducts include the Eudora Pro® electronic mail software, ASIC products,and communications equipment and systems for government and commercialusers worldwide. For more information, please visithttp://www.qualcomm.com/.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news releasecontains forward looking statements that are subject to risks anduncertainties, including timely product development, the Company's abilityto successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or otherequipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performanceguarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets theCompany serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time inthe Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the yearended September 28, 1997 and most recent Form 10-Q.