SAN DIEGO -- February 2, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Ericsson Microelectronics (division of ERICSSON, Nasdaq: ERICY), the leading provider of Bluetooth component solutions, today announced an agreement to jointly develop and market the world's first wireless technology solution supporting both the Bluetooth standard and the CDMA digital wireless standard.
"The true promise of wireless technology lies in its ability to expand the potential of personal appliances. This has been the driving force behind Ericsson's work in pioneering the Bluetooth technology," said Bo Andersson, vice president and general manager of Ericsson Microelectronics. "Qualcomm's expertise in providing tightly integrated CDMA technology solutions makes them a perfect partner to realize the full promise of Bluetooth for existing and future wireless markets.
"Ericsson Microelectronics' expertise and leadership in providing component solutions for Bluetooth applications, combined with our proven experience in developing CDMA chipset and software solutions allow us to rapidly enable our customers to create new products combining these technologies," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Together, we will drive to expand the number of applications possible by tightly integrating Bluetooth with CDMA technology."
Under the agreement, Ericsson Microelectronics will develop a Bluetooth-compatible radio unit and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies will develop the Bluetooth digital baseband processing to be integrated into its future Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and software solutions. The companies will work together to optimize the RF and digital designs for operation within a CDMA handset environment to create the most complete and high-performance solution available for CDMA based wireless data pplications. Ericsson Microelectronics and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies will jointly promote the integrated solution to handset and mobile device manufacturing companies.
Bluetooth is a short-range radio technology developed by a special interest group founded by Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba. The technology aims to remove the limits of digital equipment interconnectivity by eliminating the need for wired connections. The industry effort seeks to establish a standard to ensure that a majority of the most common computing and telecommunications equipment can talk to each other simply.
This highly integrated design solution will connect end users to a new world of unimagined benefits. The range of possible applications is unlimited, such as the ability for an end user to walk into his or her office, have the handset easily update the schedule and phonebook to synchronize to the PC, or on a business trip, take a picture with a digital camera and send it to the office via the handset. Another example is the same handset could be used as an intercom in the office, as a cellular phone on the move and as a cordless handset in your home. Moreover, the end user will be able to exchange electronic business cards, unlock your car or set up radio preference. High-capacity, high data-rate capable CDMA networks will deliver wide area voice and Internet services to the Bluetooth enabled terminal devices.
Ericsson Microelectronics is a supplier of world-class microelectronic components to manufacturers of telecom and datacom systems and mobile phones. The division's product range comprises microelectronic components for wireless applications, broadband communications, wired access as well as for communication via optical fiber. Ericsson Microelectronics, with its global design, development, manufacturing and sales network, is a leading supplier of products to meet the increasing need of bandwidth, speed and mobility in the New Telecoms World. For more information, please visit http://www.ericsson.com/microe/bluetooth.html.
Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers -- network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers -- the world over. Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom.
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: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.; CASIO COMPUTE 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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