NEW ORLEANS -- February 8, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today presented its vision of future wireless telecommunication with technologies that will support the development of a new age of wireless devices and services. The company also announced it has shipped an industry-record, 100 million chips in total, to CDMA handset manufacturers worldwide.
The announcement marks the naming of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, formerly Qualcomm's ASIC Products, the industry's leading semiconductor and software developer and provider. The name reflects the division's evolution from a hardware supplier to a strategic partner supplying a complete range ofCDMA-based solutions.
New technologies include Qualcomm's industry-leading sixth generation, single-chip Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) and a voice-recognition software product that provides speech-prompting and speech recognition functions. The division also introduced other supporting chipset solutions that willprovide for the development of smaller CDMA handsets with greater power management and operating efficiency.
"The advanced products we've unveiled this week will enable a new future of opportunities for wireless telecommunications. They reflect our vision andcommitment to challenge the conventional uses of technology, to dream of new applications and to drive development through close collaboration with our partners," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The dramatic consumer acceptance of CDMA-based networks services we'veseen over the past five years will accelerate as we share with handset manufacturers our ideas for new applications of the technology." New solutions presented by Qualcomm CDMA Technologies at CTIA '99 include:
MSM3100 Baseband Processing Solution
The MSM3100 solution is the sixth-generation Mobile Station Modem (MSM) and features: Packet-switched data speeds up to 86.4 kilobits per second (kbps); a 50 percent reduction in the printed circuit board area; and a 50 percent increase in stand-by time, to an estimated 300 hours in CDMA mode, using advanced power management. These unique features allow phonemanufacturers the ability to innovate and differentiate their CDMA handsets while reducing development costs. The MSM3100 chip is the first basebandmodem in the world to offer chip hardware support for advanced audio signal processing, location positioning using CDMA and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and Universal Serial Bus (USB) providing manufacturers with a feature-rich, cost-effective and integrated solution.
PureVoice VR Voice Recognition Software
Qualcomm's PureVoice VR™ voice recognition software will allow manufacturers to quickly add powerful speech capabilities to CDMA handsets, benefiting consumers with easier hands-free use and access to complete voice dialing telephone directories. The PureVoice VR software is designed specifically for dual-mode cellular and PCS handset applications. Itdelivers speaker-dependent speech recognition, speaker-independent yes/no control words, voice memo and speech prompting.
Next-Generation MSM3100 Family Supporting Chipsets
A new series of next-generation Radio Frequency (RF) and analog chips, the RFT3100™ and RFR3100™ processors, will achieve reductions in board area by as much as 50 percent and significantly lower power consumption for future handset models. Supporting the processors is the new PM1000™, a power management device developed to meet the demanding power requirements of CDMA handsets. The PM1000 device is a complete power management system, supporting the power regulation and battery charging functions. All of the chipsets will connect directly with the MSM3100 to form part of Qualcomm'sgrowing line of CDMA chips for subscriber applications.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions and tools with more than 30million 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 chipset 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 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.