SAN DIEGO -- September 21, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital technology, today announced LG Information and Communications, Ltd. and Acer Peripherals, Inc. have selected Qualcomm's PureVoice VR voice recognition software solution for use in their CDMA wireless handsets. Qualcomm's PureVoice VR software, launched in February 1999 by Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, is a unique, software-only voice recognition solution providing highly accurate, advanced speech recognition technology for the MSM3000 and MSM3100 Mobile Station Modem (MSM) platforms. This solution provides CDMA handset manufacturers a quick and affordable way to add powerful new voice recognition (VR) capabilities to their products.
"We have selected PureVoice VR because of its attractive cost-effective features, high performance and quick design capability," said John D. Park, president of Communications Terminal Division at LG Information and Communications, Ltd. "This agreement allows us to take advantage of Qualcomm's ongoing voice recognition development efforts, ensuring that our handsets will contain the latest voice recognition technology available."
"Qualcomm's PureVoice VR software provides a complete voice recognition solution for future Acer Peripherals handset products," said Calvin Chih, vice president of Acer Peripherals, Inc. "New features such as in-call voice record and playback allow Acer's next generation of wireless handsets to serve as mobile answering machines."
"This announcement reflects our commitment to the wireless industry to continuously provide customers with unique solutions that ultimately enhance the value of their products for consumers," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "With this VR solution, manufacturers can eliminate the expenses associated with developing their own VR technology or the difficulty of integrating other third party solutions into their handsets."
Melding the outstanding voice quality of Qualcomm's PureVoice™ CDMA speech technology and its new PureVoice VR voice recognition software represents the next step in enhanced functionality coupled with the highest possible accuracy available for CDMA handsets. The integration with CDMA voice processing minimizes repetition and enables faster response time to deliver an enhanced user experience. Qualcomm's voice recognition solution ensures the convenience and safety of hands-free nametag voice dialing and memo recording, features desired by handset users.
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). This provides manufacturers with a simple and quick solution for adding various voice recognition features into their latest handset products. With no additional hardware required, the option is an affordable feature that helps manufacturers differentiate their products.
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: Acer Peripherals, Inc., 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 included in theS&PIndex and is a 1999 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.