SAN DIEGO -- May 11, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the development of the first of a family of new chipsets and system software solutions to support future cdma2000™ products. The new solution, from Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, will provide wireless manufacturers and operators with a significantly enhanced platform to launch cdma2000 handsets and infrastructure products. It is expected to be compliant with the requirements that will be set forth by the U.S. Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) for cdma2000.
"Qualcomm has demonstrated a clear roadmap for the global expansion of CDMA," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Leveraging our six generations of proven CDMA chipsets, this next-generation solution gives cdmaOne™ manufacturers a quick, low-risk path to third-generation technology, while ensuring that networks, handsets and applications developed now will be useable in the future."
Qualcomm's cdma2000 solution covers Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) and Cell Station Modem (CSM™) chipsets and system software. The cdma2000 solution provides for a doubling of overall capacity and faster time to market for new higher data rate services. With initial data rates of 144 kilobits per second (kbps) that will increase to 2 megabits per second (Mbps), manufacturers worldwide will be able to develop Internet-ready consumer products that provide voice, high-speed data and video over wireless networks. Network operators will also benefit from the cost efficiencies and the rapid time to market that the solution delivers for next-generation services. Product specifications and availability will be announced later this spring.
Qualcomm has developed a seamless migration path that will allow operators to move easily into the next generation of wireless communications. This path allows for compatibility among IS-95A, IS-95B and cdma2000 networks. Manufacturers will benefit by deploying these networks that provide for shorter product development time and offer reduced costs for development and equipment by reusing hardware, software and network protocols.
Qualcomm currently supports IS-95B with its industry leading fifth-generation MSM3000™ chipset and system software, now shipping in production quantities. The MSM3000 is the only currently available hardware and software solution to support IS-95B with data rates up to 86.4kbps and 200 hours of standby time. The recently announced sixth-generation MSM3100™ chipset and system software will be fully IS-95B compliant and will support data rates up to 86.4kbps, have 300 hours of standby time, integrate advanced voice recognition and have a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface. The MSM3100 solution will sample in the third quarter of 1999.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions and tools with more than 40 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. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is a FORTUNE 500® company with fiscal 1998 revenues in excess of U.S. $3 billion. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://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.
Qualcomm and OmniTRACS are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM, CSM, MSM3000 and MSM3100 are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. cdmaOne is a trademark of the CDMA Development Group. cdma2000 is a trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.