Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM - news), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced it has shipped its new high-speed packet data (HSPD) software solution to facilitate service in Japan and Korea. Japanese and Korean wireless operators have announced plans to launch the high-speed data service before the end of this year.
"We are very pleased the high-speed packet data software was delivered by Qualcomm on time," said Akimasa Egawa, executive vice president for IDO CORPORATION. "We will be able to deliver strong data products this year which makes linking to the Internet with the speed of 64 kbps possible, meeting the expectations of our customers."
"Thanks to the effort of the various manufacturers including Qualcomm, we now have all of the necessary hardware and software to conduct the interoperability of the high-speed packet data system in the field," said Tadashi Onodera, executive vice president at DDI CORPORATION. "With this achievement, our current cdmaOne™ system will be enabled for high-speed packet data by the end of this year in the current handset form factor, allowing us to provide an exclusive service which will lead into IMT-2000."
"We have forged an important partnership with our infrastructure vendor, Samsung Electronics, and Qualcomm to ensure the success of our high-speed data network in a very aggressive timeframe," said Dr. Hong, Won-Pyo, vice president, planning and coordination group of KT Freetel. "Our customers have quickly adopted our initial data services and are looking forward to higher speeds and new capabilities."
"The delivery of our high-speed packet data software solution represents more than a year of collaboration with network operators, wireless handset manufacturers and infrastructure vendors to prepare for the build-out of high-speed data-capable networks in 1999," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our MSM3000™ system software enables our customers to develop new applications and expand their product lines beyond voice only devices by extending the core technical capabilities of CDMA technology into high-speed data."
Included in the latest MSM3000 software release from Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, this solution provides wireless handset manufacturers and network operators with the ability to deliver high-speed Internet access anywhere at speeds up to 86.4 kilobits per second (kbps), faster than is currently possible in most homes.
The on-schedule software release follows the December 1998 on-schedule volume delivery of Qualcomm's MSM3000 chipset solution to CDMA handset manufacturers around the world. Supported by this software, the MSM3000 is the first single-chip baseband solution for any cellular or Personal Communications Service (PCS) standard to enable data speeds up to 86.4 kbps. A maximum speed of 86.4 kbps is supported by simultaneous demodulation of up to six or eight channels, depending on rate-set used.
The solution includes full interoperability specification for infrastructure requirements and provides for complete training and technical support to ensure manufacturers can quickly add high-speed packet data to their existing MSM3000-based handsets without requiring any new or additional hardware.
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 COMPUTE 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 - news) 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.
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