GENEVA -- October 11, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced further development plans for Mobile Station Modem MSM™ solutions that will support the single worldwide CDMA standard for third generation (3G) systems. The new chipset and system software solutions will support the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) modes of the Global 3G (G3G) CDMA air interface standard in accordance with the Operator's Harmonization Group (OHG) agreements. The standard is being developed by the two 3G Partnership Projects (3GPP and 3GPP2) and is being recognized as the CDMA part of IMT-2000 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The new chipsets and systems software will pave the way for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies to deliver complete solutions to accelerate the global deployment of 3G CDMA products and services. The two FDD modes that will be implemented in the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies solutions are the G3G CDMA Multi-Carrier (MC) mode, consisting of both 1x and 3x spreading bandwidths, and the G3G CDMA Direct Spread (DS) mode. These solutions will enable manufacturers and operators worldwide to easily and effectively evolve their products and services based on local market requirements and deliver a new breed of feature-rich, voice and data-centric wireless devices furthering the growth of the wireless industry.
"As the industry leader in on-time delivery of the most advanced CDMA solutions for wireless handset and infrastructure manufacturers, we are uniquely positioned to provide the most complete 3G CDMA solutions," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We are dedicated to delivering leading CDMA chipset and system software solutions to meet the requirements of operators and manufacturers around the world. We intend to leverage our extensive experience with CDMA to enable our customers to quickly bring to market products and services to support the multiple modes of the single 3G CDMA standard."
Earlier this year, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies introduced its MSM5000™ chipset and system software solution that is compliant with 3G CDMA 1x MC mode specifications. The MSM5000 chipset and system software, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' seventh-generation MSM, is scheduled to begin field trials in early 2000 with commercial production following the trials.
In addition to the MSM5000, two new chipset and system software solutions are currently being developed to support the 3G CDMA standard. The MSM5100™ chipset and system software solution features support for the 1x and 3x MC mode while the MSM5200™ chipset and system software will support the DS mode. There will be significant amounts of commonality to facilitate easy migration between different 3G CDMA modes as well as from all existing Qualcomm CDMA products to the new 3G products. With the development of both MC and DS 3G CDMA technologies, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies will continue its leading position by broadening its product portfolio to support manufacturers and operators to successfully meet the worldwide 3G CDMA standard. Both solutions will enable fast product development cycles, improve power management, and provide extensive feature sets and tools for product differentiation to allow flexibility in targeting worldwide markets. Detailed specifications and schedules will be announced later, paced by the specific backward and forward migration paths as well as the system verification and testing schedules of the different modes.
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.