SAN DIEGO -- Nov. 3, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it has entered into a CDMA and High Data Rate (HDR) technology modem card license agreement with GTRAN Incorporated. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted GTRAN a license under certain Qualcomm intellectual property to develop, manufacture and sell modem card products for wireless applications utilizing cdmaOne™ (IS-95A and IS-95B), cdma2000™ and HDR air interface technologies.
"Qualcomm is pleased to extend a license agreement to GTRAN for CDMA and HDR technologies," said Steve Altman, executive vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's Technology Transfer and Strategic Alliances Division. "This license will help increase GTRAN's next-generation product offering and help fuel the continued growth for wireless Internet access."
"GTRAN plans to introduce cdmaOne and HDR-based products that would allow our customers to access Internet content at high data rates allowing direct wireless delivery of multimedia Internet content to the mobile computer user," said Deepak Mehrotra, chief executive officer of GTRAN.
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 peak rate of up to 2.4 Mbps 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 operators' 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™ service providers to obtain higher capacities and superior performance by optimizing voice and data spectrum separately, serving both applications from the same network.
CDMA is the fastest growing digital technology today serving more than 35 million subscribers worldwide. It has gained worldwide acceptance by offering capacity, coverage and voice quality advantages over other wireless technologies. As the primary developer of CDMA technology and a leading manufacturer of CDMA products and services, Qualcomm continues to drive the design, direction, standardization, research and development of CDMA. Qualcomm currently licenses CDMA technology to more than 65 companies.
GTRAN is a provider of integrated solutions for multimedia Internet access. Under the license, GTRAN will provide CDMA based high-speed mobile access to notebook, laptop, PDA and other hand held mobile computing terminals.
GTRAN (www.gtran.com) has design center locations in Westlake Village and San Diego, Calif. The company's major business areas include 10Gb/s fiber optic transceivers and high-data-rate wireless data engines. Started in March 1999, with an $8.4 million first round funding, the company is addressing the needs of multimedia Internet access for both infrastructure and consumer deployment.
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 the most recent Form 10-Q.
Qualcomm and Eudora are registered trademarks, OmniTRACS is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. cdma2000 is a trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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