SAN DIEGO -- Dec. 1, 1999 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the early shipment of its new tri-mode software for the sixth generation MSM3100™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solution. Originally scheduled to ship during the first quarter of 2000, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' tri-mode MSM3100 software supports automatic CDMA/FM wireless operation for 800 MHz CDMA, 1900 MHz CDMA PCS and 800 MHz AMPS technologies in a single handset. Early availability of the software will enable Qualcomm CDMA Technologies customers to shorten the development time for handsets to meet the growing demand by North American carriers for nationwide roaming.
"Qualcomm CDMA Technologies continues to lead the industry in supplying complete CDMA hardware and software solutions for wireless communications manufacturers," said Luis Pineda, senior director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA technologies. "Our new MSM3100 tri-mode software adds to a full set of tools for wireless handset manufacturers to shorten time-to-market for a new generation of CDMA tri-mode phones."
In addition to the tri-mode capability, this MSM3100 software release is compliant with IS-95B, protocol revision level four, which includes features such as: voice enhancements, improved hand-off, call setup, roaming indication, incoming call forwarding, neighbor searching and pilot reporting. The software also supports high-speed packet data, up to 86.4 kilobits per second (kbps), which is faster than speeds currently possible in most homes.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies sixth generation MSM3100 chipset and system software solution began on-time sample shipments in September 1999. The solution features an increased level of integration, providing a 50 percent reduction of the printed circuit board area and up to 300 hours of standby time. This solution will allow manufacturers to quickly design very small, feature-rich handsets with longer standby times and support for higher data rate services.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware, and software solutions and tools, with more than 65 million MSM chips shipped worldwide. The division supplies chipsets to the world's leading CDMA handset and infrastructure manufacturers including: 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.
Qualcomm and OmniTRACS are registered trademarks and MSM3100 and MSM are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.