GENEVA -- October 11, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it is inviting a broad segment of the wireless industry to a demonstration of its High Data Rate (HDR) technology. Participants will experience high-speed, highly efficient wireless Internet access capability in fixed and mobile computing environments. The demonstration will be conducted next month in a multi-sector, multi-user environment to highlight HDR technology's advanced throughput, high efficiencies and handoff capabilities.
"It is fitting that our HDR trials coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the first CDMA demonstrations when participants experienced the capabilities of multi-loop, power control, rake receivers and soft handoff," said Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "HDR offers an excellent complement to current and future cellular and PCS standards and is capable of meeting the increasing demands for high-speed, high-capacity wireless Internet access."
The demonstration will be conducted in conjunction with a wireless symposium on Tuesday, November 9, 1999 in San Diego. The symposium, designed exclusively for wireless operators, manufacturers and partners, will feature presentations by industry leaders and Qualcomm executives with live demonstrations of HDR in fixed and mobile environments. Following the demonstration, extensive field tests in a multi-sector, multi-user environment will be conducted with the participation of key operators and partners.
HDR supports e-mail, web browsing, e-commerce, telematics and many other applications while offering end-users continuous, untethered access to the Internet and next generation data services. HDR's versatility allows the technology to be embedded in handsets, laptop and handheld computers, and other fixed, portable and mobile devices.
HDR provides a spectrally efficient 2.4 Mbps peak rate in a standard 1.25 MHz channel bandwidth. Optimized for packet data services, HDR incorporates a flexible architecture based on standard Internet Protocols (IP). HDR's IP-based architecture allows flexible implementation of this wireless system in high-performance and cost-effective ways. As a complementary solution to voice networks utilizing operator's existing cell sites, towers, antennas and network equipment, HDR technology allows operators to leverage their current infrastructure investment and cellular/Personal Communication Services (PCS) networks. It can also be implemented as a stand-alone system using off-the-shelf IP backbone equipment. HDR is compatible with IS-95A, IS-95B and future cdma2000™ networks, enabling existing cdmaOne and cdma2000 service providers to obtain higher capacities and superior performance by optimizing voice and data spectrum separately, serving both applications from the same network.
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 the risk that HDR technology may not become commercially viable, 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.