GENEVA -- October 11, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the development of Mobile Station Modem MSM™ chipset and system software solutions that will feature integrated support for wireless position location technology. Called gpsOne™, the MSM solutions will provide the world's most cost-effective solution for wireless position location technology in a mobile handset for CDMA cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) networks.
"Integration of position location at the chip and system software level will provide the lowest cost, smallest form-factor and highest accuracy solution in the industry," said Johan Lodenius, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "This new position location technology will enable an array of new applications for wireless equipment manufacturers and service operators. It will be mandated for safety purposes as well as for value-added commercial applications using the handset position as an additional parameter for Internet browsing, navigation and tracking services."
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' innovative gpsOne solution uses a hybrid technique that combines information from Global Positioning Systems (GPS) satellites and CDMA cellular/PCS networks. By taking advantage of the measurements provided by CDMA base stations and/or GPS satellites, the future MSM chipset and system software solutions will provide enhanced location services availability, accelerate the location determination process and provide better accuracy for callers in emergency situations.
Leveraging the complementary nature of satellite and base station accessibility, the gpsOne solution will improve the accuracy, performance and availability of position services. Whether in rural, suburban or urban environments, the availability of satellites and base stations will be optimized to effectively determine position location. By supplementing the GPS measurements with CDMA measurements to provide seamless positioning coverage, the gpsOne solution will enhance the availability of position location services in places such as inside buildings or tunnels where other position location technologies have experienced difficulty maintaining performance.
The gpsOne solution will meet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate requiring wireless operators to provide the location of 911 calls (E911). The FCC has mandated that by March 2001, wireless service operators must support automatic location identification for all E911 calls. The high performance of the gpsOne solution will enable better accuracy than required by the FCC and provide service opportunities beyond the location of an emergency wireless phone call to include navigation information, weather forecast data, traffic information, commercial tracking services and location dependent Web browsing. Enabling a host of many new applications and services, the availability of position location information will aid mobile users in determining alternate routes to destinations, avoiding traffic accidents or bad weather, choosing mid-point destinations, and providing pedestrian users with a wide variety of information searching and e-commerce applications.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies plans to complete trials of the gpsOne technology with major infrastructure vendors in the United States by the end 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: 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&P500 Index 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.