Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Fifth-Generation CDMA Chipset Powers Japan's CDMA Launch

Apr 19, 1999SAN DIEGO

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SAN DIEGO -- April 19,1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that its fifth-generation MSM3000™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipsets are featured in the handsets developed by three Japanese manufacturers, for the country's first nationwide cdmaOne™ network, which was jointly launched by DDI CORPORATION and IDO CORPORATION on April 14, 1999.

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, the industry's largest provider of CDMA technology chipsets and system software, announced earlier this year volume shipments of the MSM3000 chipset and system software to Japanese, Korean and U.S. CDMA handset manufacturers.

Three Japanese manufacturers -- TOSHIBA CORPORATION, SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., and Hitachi, Ltd. -- became the country's first manufacturers utilizing Qualcomm's MSM3000 chipset and system software solution to receive confirmation that their phones are fully compliant with the Japanese operators' requirements. "We are very proud of being the first company to have shipped a cdmaOne phone that is fully compliant with the Japanese nationwide network requirement," said Mr. Takao Kishida, general manager of Mobile Communications Division at TOSHIBA. "Our collaboration with Qualcomm made this happen."

"We are very satisfied with Qualcomm's MSM3000 which allows us to provide our customers with the superior performance they require in terms of enhanced connection rate, call clarity and power efficiency," said Mr. Eiji Kotobuki, general manager of Personal Telecommunication Division at SANYO.

"Thanks to Qualcomm's total data-voice solution capability, we have full confidence in being able to satisfy the users of our handsets now and in the future, with the superb capability of cdmaOne technologies," said Mr. Osamu Numata, general manager of Digital Media Products Division at Hitachi.

"The use of the MSM3000 solution by Japan's leading handset manufacturers confirms our commitment to being the wireless industry's leading semiconductor and software developer and provider," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "As CDMA networks are built out in Japan, we look forward to providing the chipsets and system software that fulfill the stringent operator requirements for standby time, talk time and power consumption. The fast time-to-market for these handsets underscores our competitive key advantage in terms of our proven roadmap for product evolution and on-time delivery."

Qualcomm's MSM3000 chipset solution, with an industry-leading 86.4 kilobits per second (kbps) data rate capability, fully meets Japanese operator requirements for performance, as stipulated by DDI and IDO. TOSHIBA, SANYO and Hitachi handsets, featuring the MSM3000 chip, all meet minimum requirements for stand-by-time (150 hours) and talk-time (120 minutes).

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is continuing to lead the wireless industry in providing semiconductor/software system solutions that allow phone manufacturers the ability to innovate and differentiate their CDMA handsets while reducing development costs.

In February, the division announced the development of its MSM3100™, sixth-generation MSM, featuring 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 with a 650 mAh battery. The division also unveiled its PureVoice VR™ voice recognition software that 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.

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; 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 of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM, MSM3000, MSM3100 and PureVoice VR are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. cdmaOne is a trademark of the CDMA Development Group.