Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Announces First Over-the-Air Phone Call Demonstration for Complete 3G CDMA 1x MC Solution

Dec 23, 1999SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology today announced it has completed the world's first successful over-the-air phone calls compliant with the industry standard 3G CDMA 1x Multicarrier (MC) technology (IS-2000 Release 0) using Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' MSM5000™ chipset and system software. Qualcomm also announced that it has separately verified that the physical layer MSM5000 hardware and software has achieved 153 kilobits per second (kbps) on both the forward and reverse links. The MSM5000 solution for mobile handsets, together with Qualcomm CDMA Tchnologies' CSM5000™ Cell Site Modem (CSM™) for wireless base stations comprise the first of a family of chipset and system software solutions that support the 1x MC standard.

"The MSM5000 and CSM5000 chipsets provide an end-to-end solution that will allow manufacturers to meet aggressive rollout schedules for the next generation of wireless telecommunications products using the 3G CDMA 1x MC standard," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Qualcomm's proven and verified solutions lead the industry in helping manufacturers shorten development times significantly and bring exciting new products to the marketplace."

The MSM5000 chipset and system software solution, Qualcomm's seventh-generation MSM product, is pin-compatible with the MSM3000™ product and exceeds the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) 3G requirements for data rates in full wide area mobility of 144 kbps by enabling data rates of 153.6 kbps on both the forward and reverse links. Compliant with 3G CDMA 1x MC, the MSM5000 solution gives operators up to twice the overall capacity for voice of IS-95A and IS-95B systems by providing features such as fast 800 Hz forward power control and new modulation and coding schemes. The system software will include support for IS-95A, IS-95B and 3G CDMA 1x MC, as well as packet data, an Internet protocol suite, voice recognition and many other features.

The CSM5000 single-chip solution provides base station manufacturers with up to 32 simultaneous users on a single chip, a four-fold increase over the previous generation CSM. It also exceeds ITU's 144 kilobits per second (kbps) requirement for data rates in full wide area mobility by enabling data rates of 307.2 kbps on both the forward and reverse links.

Sample shipments for the MSM5000 chipset and system software will begin in January 2000, followed by sample shipments for the CSM5000 solution in March 2000.

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: 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 ( 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 business areas include integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS® and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index, is a 1999 FORTUNE 500® company and ranked number 14 on FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America."

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, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM, MSM5000, MSM3000, CSM and CSM5000 are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.