NEW ORLEANS -- February 8, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the introduction of the pdQsuite™ package of advanced Internet applications designed for use with the pdQ™smartphone and other Palm Computing® platform-based devices. The pdQsuite package includes the pdQmail™ application, an advanced e-mail program, and the pdQbrowser™ application, an Internet-standard micro web browser.Expected to become available in the first half of 1999, the pdQsuite package is an integral part of the pdQ smartphone. The advantages offered by the pdQsuite package will also be available to users of other PalmComputing platform devices in a free 30-day trial version and will be available for purchase through the Qualcomm Store, an Internet-based retail shop at www.qualcomm.com/store.
"The pdQsuite package will offer Palm users a sophisticated group of applications that supports complete e-mail control and wireless Internet browsing," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm Consumer Products. "Direct access to the Internet and to vital data no longer depends on landline connections or proxy servers. The doorway to the Internet and the world of information that it represents can now be opened directly by the consumer, anytime, anywhere and the pdQsuite package provides the key."
A text-based browser that can retrieve and view any standard HTML-based web page, the pdQbrowser application supports inline hypertext links and HTTP retrieval as well as advanced features such as a user-configurable cache, bookmarks, text formatting, forms fields and buttons.
Qualcomm's new pdQmail e-mail package allows users to receive, read, compose, send and manage e-mail on any Palm Computing platform device. The package also offers advanced sorting, filing, folder-creation, reply andaddress book look-up features. The new pdQmail program supports various Internet protocols including POP3, SMTP and LMOS as well as HTML message composition and viewing.
A Windows® 95/98/NT application that allows users to synchronize their desktop e-mail with the new pdQmail program, the conduit works with all MAPI-compliant desktop e-mail programs.
The pdQsuite package offers a number of integrated functions for owners of the pdQ smartphone, including: launching the pdQmail or pdQbrowser applications by tapping on an e-mail address or a URL in the Address Book, respectively; auto-dialing a phone number by tapping on its Phone Book listing; the ability to look up e-mail addresses while composing mail messages; and default handling of e-mail and web alerts through thepdQalert™ application.
CDMA data capabilities are provided by individual carriers. Availability and data services will vary from carrier to carrier.
Documentation for the pdQsuite package can be downloaded from Qualcomm's web site, www.qualcomm.com, as either a .pdf file or in HTML 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; andsatellite-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 www.qualcomm.com.
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.