Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced it had reached an important milestone with the shipment of more than 30 million Mobile Station Modem MSM™ chips to customers worldwide. The production milestone for these highly integrated CDMA handset semiconductors was reached as the dramatic global growth continues for cdmaOne™ (Code Division Multiple Access IS-95) digital wireless technology. In total, the Company has shipped more than 100 million Qualcomm-designed semiconductor chips, used in the operation of CDMA handsets, making Qualcomm's ASIC Products easily the largest provider worldwide of semiconductors for CDMA wireless systems.Qualcomm ASIC Products Division has played a significant role in helping drive Qualcomm's vision for the future of wireless technology. The Qualcomm ASIC Products Division has led the industry in providing MSM chips and Cell Site Modem CSM™ chips to telecommunications manufacturers worldwide. The use of CDMA-based wireless systems has expanded dramatically from the initial development of chipsets in 1989 to volume shipments in 1996 to today's expanded customer base of more than 18 million subscribers in more than 30 countries that include major consumer markets in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United States."We have seen the initial interest in CDMA technology develop into a substantial commercial business in just three years," noted Dale Ford of Dataquest. "End users, network operators and handset and infrastructure manufacturers are recognizing the significant benefits of the technology, and we anticipate this growth can only continue.""We are indeed pleased to reach this milestone at a time when CDMA wireless technology is being recognized worldwide by consumers as the best platform for wireless networks," commented Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm's ASIC Products Division. "Qualcomm's ASIC Products Division continues to provide on-time delivery for an overwhelming majority of the chips for handsets and infrastructure equipment used on these networks. We will continue to ensure we maintain a leadership position through our commitment to provide customers leading-edge, highly-integrated, high quality and cost effective proven solutions."CDMA technology provides superior voice quality, greater coverage and extended talk times due to lower power consumption. CDMA technology significantly increases system capacity, virtually eliminating most busy signals, dropped calls and cross talk that result from system overcrowding. In addition, CDMA's digital control channel enables users to access a wide range of new services including caller identification, as well as data and facsimile transmission. Simultaneous voice and data transmission is also possible.Recently introduced Qualcomm ASIC products include:
- MSM3000™ Chip The fifth-generation, single-chip Mobile Station Modem (MSM). This low-power baseband chip and software solution enables design of small-form factor handsets with very long stand-by times and much higher data-rate services. It interfaces directly to Qualcomm's Intermediate Frequency (IF) chips, the IFT3000™ and IFR3000™, which perform all transmit and receive signal processing required between digital baseband and Radio Frequency (RF). This solution provides substantially lower power consumption, 200 hours of standby time and enables data rates up to 86.4 kbps.
- IFT3000 and IFR3000 Chips A complete solution incorporating IF functionality for CDMA handsets offering an area reduction of 45 percent over previous IF solutions. Together Qualcomm's IFT3000 andIFR3000 chips, MSM3000 chip and RF front end comprise the system hardware necessary for an IS-95A or IS-95B CDMA handset.
- CSM2000™ Chip A multiple-channel CDMA digital baseband modem capable of supporting up to eight forward link channels and eight reverse link channels. CDMA infrastructure manufacturers will benefit from a significant cost reduction per channel, a significant reduction in the circuit board space required, as well as lower power consumption per channel.
- CDMA Designer™ A toolkit that provides a complete development environment for the creation of applications with Qualcomm's CDMA chipsets
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, CDMA Technologies, 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.###