Press Release

Qualcomm Launches CDMA Designer Development Toolkit

Sep 23, 1998ORLANDO, Fla.

Qualcomm products mentioned within this press release are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM)today released a CDMA Designer™ toolkit that provides a completedevelopment environment for the creation of wireless applications withQualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) chipsets.The CDMA Designer toolkit includes: the SURF1000 Subscriber Unit ReferenceDevelopment System, CPU software development tools, the Mobile DiagnosticMonitor (MDM) software, In-Circuit Emulator (ICE) support, and QDSPFirmware development tools. Applications support, product training anddocumentation accompany the CDMA Designer toolkit to assist manufacturerswith their development requirements.In response to manufacturer demand for leading-edge, customizedtechnologies, Qualcomm's CDMA Designer toolkit is indispensable. A newapproach to application development, the CDMA Designer toolkit enablesmanufacturers to shorten time to market for products, create spin-offs fromexisting designs and differentiate products. Manufacturers will havegreater confidence in the quality of their product development processusing the same tools proven by Qualcomm in development of the latest CDMAchipsets and system software."The dramatic increase in the subscriber base for CDMA wireless systems isfueling demand among handset and infrastructure equipment manufacturers formore independence in the development of applications and in all elements oftesting and diagnostics," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm's ASICProducts Division. "We have developed the CDMA Designer toolkit with anunderstanding of the varied market preferences for wireless telephony andwill continue to work towards designing chipsets, system software and toolsthat give our customers even greater freedom to modify the technology."The CDMA Designer toolkit provides customers with a rich variety of tools,including:

  • Easily reconfigurable SURF1000™ subscriber unit reference platforms toaccelerate developments using Qualcomm CDMA chipsets and system software;

  • The Mobile Diagnostic Monitor (MDM) software to analyze over-the-air CDMAcellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) network performancemeasurement in real-time;

  • A full suite of ARM® tools for code development/diagnostics andsimulation, including support for Qualcomm's proprietary JTAG interface forextended access to CDMA baseband functions;

  • An In-Circuit Emulator (ICE) for full-featured support of MSM3000™ chipand system software development and diagnostics; and

  • Qualcomm's Digital Signal Processing (QDSP) firmware development toolsfor next generation digital signal processing core for development ofcustomized embedded DSP software.

"Our new toolkit gives customers the independence they want todifferentiate their own solutions by facilitating design of proprietaryfunctionality for local market adaptation," said Johan Lodenius, vicepresident of marketing for Qualcomm's ASIC Products Division. "The CDMADesigner toolkit also represents a significant savings for our customerswho continue to seek ways to reduce costs for the development of testplatforms for new product generations."SURF1000 Subscriber Unit Reference Development SystemThe SURF1000 Subscriber Unit Reference Development System is an essentialelement in Qualcomm's CDMA Designer toolkit. The SURF1000 is a workingexample of the interfaces between Qualcomm's CDMA ASICs and otherfunctional parts of the subscriber unit. Similar systems have been usedwithin Qualcomm for ASIC verification and system software development sincethe early days of CDMA. CDMA handset manufacturers will find that SURF1000enables a faster time-to-market for CDMA handset development programs. Itincludes a main board and five daughter-cards that can be inserted into themain board. This modular design allows upgrades and customization to takeplace quickly and easily. In addition, users can create their ownproprietary modules.Qualcomm Mobile Diagnostic Monitor (MDM) SoftwareMobile Diagnostic Monitor (MDM) software provides CDMA developers theability to analyze over-the-air CDMA handset system performance. Packagedfor transportability, the MDM software allows field engineering teams tocharacterize over-the-air CDMA cellular or PCS system performance.Mobile-based CDMA RF performance can also be measured in real-time, as canmessaging and protocols specified by US IS-95 (CDMA cellular) and ANSIJ-STD-008 (CDMA PCS) standards.The MDM software displays subscriber station information and provides amechanism to manipulate Qualcomm subscriber station data and functions. Inaddition, the MDM software provides field technicians and network plannerswith a proven test equipment tool necessary for over-the-air analysis.ARM® ToolsQualcomm has licensed rights to software development tools from ARM. Thesetools enable development of applications for the ARM7TDMI™ 32-bit RISC CPUcore used by Qualcomm's fifth-generation MSM3000.In-Circuit EmulatorThe In-Circuit Emulator (ICE) Support for embedded systems developmentoffers full-featured support for MSM3000 and software development anddiagnostics. Combined with the Qualcomm SURF1000 reference platform, ICESupport provides an ideal environment for software diagnostics.Qualcomm's Digital Signal Processing (QDSP) ToolkitQualcomm will provide firmware development tools for the next-generationdigital signal processing cores for development of customized embeddedDigital Signal Processing (DSP) software, enabling customers todifferentiate their handset features through DSP code for design ofproprietary functions. Many new features such as acoustic echocancellation, audio enhancements, or voice recognition can be developed andcustomized using the QDSP toolkit.Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm develops, manufactures,markets, licenses, and operates advanced communications systems andproducts 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 theGlobalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Othercompany products include the Eudora Pro® electronic mail software, ASICproducts, and communications equipment and systems for government andcommercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm productsand technologies, please visit the Company's web site at for the historical information contained herein, this news releasecontains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks anduncertainties, including timely product development and commercialimplementation of Qualcomm's products, as well as the other risks detailedfrom time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report onForm 10-K for the year ended September 28, 1997 and most recent Form 10-Q.