Press Release

Qualcomm Announces New Network Optimization Tool

Dec 8, 1998SAN DIEGO

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

SAN DIEGO December 08, 1998 Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), pioneerand world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wirelesstechnology, today announced that a new network optimization tool for fieldtest engineers is now available. The Retriever™ pilot scanner/testphone provides technicians with portable, wireless over-the-air testing ofnetwork and handset performance over CDMA digital cellular and PCS networks.

"This product offers carriers unique capabilities for testing theirnetworks," said Tia Cassett, senior business manager of test equipment forQualcomm Consumer Products. "The retriever pilot scanner, with itsreal-time network analysis capabilities, provides unprecedentedfunctionality in a single, inexpensive package that offers maximumflexibility and portability."

The Retriever pilot scanner, available in 800-MHz and 1900-MHz versions,provides three network optimization functions for carriers. As a scanner,it can check all 512 PNs (cell sector numbers) in less than two seconds,then provide programmable on-screen views of PNs, Ec/Io (signal clarity),and neighbor-list violations. As a test phone, the Retriever pilot scannerallows test engineers to change over-the-air parameters in the phonewithout disturbing the network. Finally, as a standard, dual-mode digitalwireless handset, it allows field engineers to stay in touch with theirhome offices and other field personnel.

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a leader in developing anddelivering innovative digital wireless communications products and servicesbased on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's majorbusiness areas include CDMA digital phones; Application Specific IntegratedCircuits (ASICs); wireless infrastructure; technology licensing; andsatellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of theGlobalstar™ system. Qualcomm is headquartered in San Diego, Calif.Qualcomm's fiscal 1998 revenues exceeded U.S. $3 billion. For moreinformation, please visit the Company's web site at

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 toperformance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the variousmarkets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from timeto time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K forthe year ended September 27, 1998, and most recent Form 10-Q.

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Qualcomm and OmniTRACS are registered trademarks and Retriever is atrademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of LoralQualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are theproperty of their respective owners.