SAN DIEGO -- July 20, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced its second-generation, advanced voice recognition technology for the MSM3000™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) platform. The PureVoice VR™ 2.1 voice recognition software, developed by Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, will offer an advanced audio user interface including speaker-independent and voice dialing functions, delivering the convenience and safety of hands-free voice dialing.
"The release of Pure Voice VR 2.1 extends the capabilities of the original software while taking advantage of the significant processing power of the MSM3000 platform to deliver excellent performance," said Johan Lodenius, vice president of marketing for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "With no additional hardware required, manufacturers will be able to quickly add even more powerful, highly accurate speech capabilities to their CDMA handsets."
PureVoice VR 2.1 adds several new and powerful voice recognition functions to the existing high-quality solution, allowing handset manufacturers to design enhanced handsets. The software supports the user-friendly speaker independent menu command capability, allowing consumers to access key phone functions by voice command. Voice commands in English, Japanese and Korean languages will be available to easily enable next-generation user-interface phone designs.
As a result of advancements to the PureVoice VR technology, 2.1 will now support an industry-leading forty (40) name voice dialing directory. PureVoice VR 2.1 will also support a new In-call Voice Record and Playback feature allowing handsets to conveniently act as simple-to-use mobile answering machines. By combining the capabilities of forward-link recording and reverse-link playback, handsets can play outgoing greetings and record incoming messages so consumers will not miss a call even if they cannot or do not want to answer their phone.
Qualcomm's PureVoice VR software delivers a complete, high-quality voice recognition solution, including: speaker-dependent speech recognition, 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 helps manufacturers differentiate their products. 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 third quarter of 1999.
Qualcomm's industry-leading MSM3000, the fifth-generation single-chipset and system software, is now shipping in production quantities, enhancing new commercially available handsets around the world. The MSM3000 is the only currently available hardware and software solution to support IS-95B with data rates up to 86.4.kbps and 200 hours of standby time as well as delivery of hands-free operation and dialing. PureVoice VR software will be forward compatible with the recently announced sixth generation MSM3100™ chipset and future generations of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets. The MSM3100 chipset 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 50 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 (www.qualcomm.com) 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 traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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.