SAN DIEGO -- September 29, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Sprint PCS (NYSE: PCS), operator of the nation's largest all-digital, all-CDMA network, today announced the selection of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies as a mobile technology provider for trials of Third Generation (3G) wireless technology based on the 3G CDMA 1x MC (Multi-Carrier) mode of the IS-2000 Release 0 published standard. The technical trials, scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2000, will use trial mobile terminals based on Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' MSM5000™ chipset and system software along with a complete development toolkit.
"We are pleased to be working with Qualcomm for 3G trials," said Oliver Valente, vice president of technology and advanced systems development at Sprint PCS. "Qualcomm's leadership in CDMA, on-time delivery of leading-edge solutions and hands-on technical support make them an excellent choice for the upcoming trials."
"We are proud that Sprint PCS, the nation's fastest-growing wireless services provider, has chosen our seventh-generation MSM5000 CDMA chipset and system software for their 3G trials," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "These trials are the next step in delivering a new breed of wireless Internet access and data transfer capabilities to consumers and realizing the full potential of the wireless revolution. Sprint PCS has positioned itself as a leader in this revolution to provide the most advanced features and services to their customers."
The recently introduced MSM5000 chipset and system software, Qualcomm's seventh-generation MSM product, builds upon the successful architecture of Qualcomm's fifth-generation MSM3000 chipset and system software. Pin-compatible with the MSM3000 product, the MSM5000 chipset and system software will be available in the same 176-ball Fine Pitched Ball Grid Array (FBGA) package and 196-ball Plastic Ball Grid Array (PBGA) production package.
The MSM5000 solution exceeds the ITU's 3G requirements for data rates in full wide area mobility of 144 kilobits per second (kbps) by enabling data rates of 153.6 kbps on both the forward and reverse links. Compliant with 3G CDMA 1x MC (IS-2000 Release 0), the MSM5000 solution gives operators up to twice the overall capacity of voice users over IS-95A and IS-95B systems through the use of features such as fast 800 Hz forward power control and new modulation and coding schemes. Featuring support for Quick Paging Channel and a 24x searcher, the MSM5000 solution provides up to a 50 percent increase in handset standby time. The system software will include support for IS-95A, IS-95B and 3G CDMA 1x MC (IS-2000 Release 0) as well as packet data, a full Internet protocol suite, voice recognition and many other features.
Reference designs and the CDMA Designer™ development toolkit will be used to reduce trial development time and effectively evaluate the trial terminals and system. The Subscriber Unit Reference Development System, an essential element in the CDMA Designer toolkit, will provide a working example of the interfaces between Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' MSM5000 chipset and other functional parts of the subscriber unit. The complete toolkit offers system development software, verification, test, debug, calibration, manufacturing and field test support to ensure faster delivery of feature-rich 3G products to the marketplace.
Sprint PCS operates the largest 100 percent digital, 100 percent PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint PCS has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 270 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit the Sprint PCS website at http://www.sprintpcs.com. Sprint PCS is a wholly-owned tracking group of Sprint Corporation trading on the NYSE under the symbol PCS.
Sprint is a global communications company at the forefront in integrating long distance, local and wireless communications services and one of the world's largest carriers of Internet traffic. Sprint built and operates the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber optic network and is a leader in advanced data communications services. Sprint has $17 billion in annual revenues and serves more than 20 million business and resident customers.
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 26, 1999, and most recent Form 10-Q.