NEW ORLEANS -- February 8, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today introduced its advanced speech recognition technology for the MSM3000™ Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) platform. The PureVoice VR™ voice recognition software allows manufacturers to quickly add powerful speech capabilities to CDMA handsets without additionalhardware. The software was designed specifically for dual-mode cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) handset applications and is expected to be available to handset manufacturers beginning the second calendar quarter 1999.
"PureVoice VR is performance and size optimized for use with our MSM architectures and development environment. By providing an integrated application solution, manufacturers can quickly add voice recognition functions to enhance their handset user interface," said Johan Lodenius, vice president of marketing for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "For a very low cost, handset manufacturers can now offer the hands-free features demanded by mobile consumers that may be required for compliance with stricter automotive usage safety requirements."
The melding of the outstanding voice quality of Qualcomm's PureVoice™ CDMA speech technology, and its new PureVoice VR voice recognition solution, is the next step in enhanced functionality for CDMA handsets. Qualcomm's voice recognition solution provides the convenience and safety of hands-free voice dialing, meeting the immediate and future needs for advanced audio user interfaces for mobile environments.
Qualcomm's PureVoice VR software delivers a complete, high-quality voice recognition solution, speaker-independent control words, voice recording/memo and speech prompting. The software is an add-on option for the MSM3000 system software and uses the Voice Services Application Program Interface (API) which enables manufacturers to quickly and easily add the various voice recognition features into their latest products. With no additional hardware required, the option is an affordable feature that helpsmanufacturers differentiate their products.
Qualcomm's industry-leading MSM3000, the fifth-generation single-chipset and system software, began production shipping on schedule in December 1998. The low-power chipset and system software enable design of small form-factor handsets with 200 hours of stand-by time, support for data rates up to 86.4 kilobits per second (kbps) as well as the delivery of hands-free operation and dialing. Furthermore, PureVoice VR software will offer existing, as well as more advanced, features for the next generation MSM3100™ chipset and future generations of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets.
Qualcomm's PureVoice VR Software Overview
Qualcomm's voice recognition software provides speech recognition and speech prompting technologies for adding name dialing for cellular and PCS handsets. It also offers easy-to-use voice memo functionality.
Voice Dialing with Name Confirmation
The speaker-dependent voice dialing feature supports an entire voice dialing telephone directory, including voice recognition template, name or word recording and telephone number. This voice directory is designed forseamless integration with a manufacturer's existing telephone directory, leading to a natural user interface. Through the use of speech prompts, the user can quickly create a voice recognition template and audiorecording of the desired name or word. To dial, the user simply speaks the name or word; the number is then automatically dialed. Before dialing, therecorded name or word can be played back for confirmation. Approximately 30 names or words can be stored in a single phone directory with multiple telephone numbers possible per name. English, Korean and Japanese languages will be supported initially.
Voice memo allows the digital recording of audio information by the user for playback at a later time. Additionally, voice recognition may be incorporated by the handset manufacturer to control the recording andplayback functions. Users can playback and manage memos in any order.
Manufacturers can include speech prompts to guide the user through the operation of telephone functions. These prompts are generated from pre-recorded and compressed phrases using a minimum of storage resources.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions and tools with more than 30 million MSM chips shipped worldwide. The division supplies chipsets to the world's leading CDMA handset and infrastructure manufacturers including: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.; CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.; DENSO CORPORATION; FUJITSU LIMITED; Hitachi, Ltd.; Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.; KYOCERA CORPORATION; LG Information and Communications, Ltd.; Samsung Electronics Ltd.; SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.; and Toshiba Corporation, among others.
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 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 athttp://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 abilityto 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.