SAN DIEGO -- February 1, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the on-time shipment of chip samples and system software for the MSM5000™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™). This product is the world's first 3G CDMA 1x Multi-Carrier (MC) solution for CDMA handsets that is compliant with the 3G standard as specified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The sample shipments of the MSM5000 solution began at the end of January of this year and worldwide field trials are expected to begin by late March of this year by Qualcomm, manufacturers and carriers. The MSM5000 chipset and system software will allow manufacturers to design the first 3G handsets that, in addition to offering a rich application and feature-set in very small form-factors, also provide longer standby times and higher data rate capabilities.
"Our on-time delivery of the world's first 3G chipset and system software solution strengthens Qualcomm's ongoing leadership in wireless technology and our commitment to help manufacturers begin immediate development of 3G handset products," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Qualcomm's MSM5000 solution enables the fastest and easiest possible migration path from IS-95A/B to 3G 1x technology to help accelerate wireless communications."
The MSM5000 solution, Qualcomm's 3G 1x chipset and system software, is pin-compatible with the MSM3000™ chip and its software architecture. Pin-compatibility will allow the 29 handset manufacturers using the MSM3000 to introduce 3G handsets rapidly by reusing existing handset designs and software applications. In delivering the MSM5000 solution, Qualcomm has exceeded the ITU's 3G requirements for data rates in full wide area mobility of 144 kilobits per second (kbps) by enabling data rates of 153.6 kbps on both the forward and reverse links. The MSM5000 solution gives operators up to twice the overall capacity over IS-95A and IS-95B systems by providing features such as fast 800 Hz forward power control and new modulation and coding schemes. Significant standby time improvements in MSM5000-based handsets will also be achieved through the use of the new Quick Paging Channel.
The MSM5000 chipset and system software is also fully backward compatible with existing IS-95A and IS-95B networks, providing a seamless migration path to 3G while maintaining existing wide area coverage for all subscribers. The MSM5000 system software will also include support for packet data, a full Internet protocol suite, voice recognition and many other features.
"In accordance with our announced product plans, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies will continue to support both Multi-Carrier (MC) and Direct Spread (DS) modes of the ITU 3G specification, as well as our High Data Rate (HDR) technology for optimized fast wireless Internet access," said Johan Lodenius, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By leveraging our expertise in designing technology solutions for CDMA, wireless Internet and multimedia applications, we will keep our customers in a leading position in the race to develop next-generation wireless products and applications."
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions, and tools with more than 200 million chips shipped worldwide. QCT 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 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 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.
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