Press Release

Qualcomm Announces New QCTest Network Optimization Tool

NEW ORLEANS -- February 8, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digitalwireless technology, today announced the release of version 2.0 of the QCTest™ CDMA Air Interface Tester (CAIT), a network optimization software package for field test engineers. When installed on a laptop running Windows® 95/98/NT that is connected to a Qualcomm CDMA handset via a serial data cable, CAIT 2.0 provides field engineers a portable, wirelesstesting and analysis tool to support the design, development, test and deployment of CDMA networks. Expected to become available the first half of 1999, CAIT 2.0 generates real-time graphical displays of CDMA over-the-air signals such as pilot information, transmit and receive power, vocoder rates, frame error rate data and a variety of other system statistics. CAIT 2.0 also provides complete support for Qualcomm'sRetriever™ pilot scanner/test phone, whose functions complement CAIT 2.0. As a scanner, the Retriever product can check all 512 PNs (cell sector numbers) in less than 2.0 seconds, then provide programmable on-screen views of PNs, Ec/Io (signal clarity), and neighbor list violations. As a test phone, the Retriever product allows network engineers to change over-the-air parameters in the phone without disturbing the network. Finally, as a standard, dual-mode digital wireless handset, the Retrieverproduct allows field engineers to stay in touch with their home offices and other field personnel.

"CAIT 2.0 offers carriers unique mobile capabilities for testing their networks," said Gina Lombardi, vice president of product development for Qualcomm Consumer Products. "With its easy-to-use Windows-based interface, extremely accurate data logging and direct support for Qualcomm's Retrieverpilot scanner/test phone, CAIT 2.0 represents an exceptionally useful CDMA digital data collection tool."

CAIT 2.0 provides real-time, over-the-air analysis and logging of critical system parameters and offers secure, robust data collection with the ability to close and restart data files automatically based on time or file size. To make the data collected more accessible and easy to use, CAIT 2.0 translates binary log files into text. CAIT 2.0 can also simultaneously log data from multiple phones and provides audible alarms that indicate loss of connection or Global Positioning System (GPS) information.

With more than 15 user-selectable screens, CAIT 2.0 also provides customized views of CDMA digital over-the-air data including phone state, PN offsets and pilot power. Over-the-air system performance can becorrelated with time, speed and position/location when utilizing CAIT's serial Global Positioning System/Dead Reckoning (GPS/DR) interface. CAIT 2.0 also logs mobile-based binary data that can be post-processed using any tools that read Qualcomm's Diagnostic Monitor (DM) file format.

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's major business areas include CDMA digital phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; wireless infrastructure; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Qualcomm is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. Qualcomm's fiscal 1998 revenues exceeded U.S. $3 billion. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at

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, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis, and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, 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 27, 1998, and most recent Form 10-Q.


Qualcomm and OmniTRACS are registered trademarks and Retriever and QCTest are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark ofLoral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.