Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced inauguration of the Company's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite, targeted at enabling a broad range of new terminal products, applications and Internet services, including advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality. Qualcomm plans to integrate these capabilities as tightly as possible into the Company's CDMA chipset and system software solutions to achieve the best cost-performance as well as the earliest time-to-market for manufacturers designing new classes of e-commerce-, safety-, convenience- and entertainment-enhanced mobile handsets.
"Qualcomm continues to drive innovation in the wireless industry. The combination of the high performance of CDMA technology and a wide array of advanced multimedia, position location and connectivity capabilities will significantly fuel overall industry growth as it increases the number of possible uses for wireless terminals," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The Wireless Internet Launchpad suite confirms Qualcomm's commitment to keep pushing the boundaries. By providing this tightly integrated technology suite, we will further allow our customers to enable rapid creation of exciting new products."
Qualcomm's Wireless Internet Launchpad suite includes highly integrated chipset functions, system software and other add-on software that will offer manufacturers advanced Internet functionality and multimedia features while eliminating the need for additional components. The Wireless Internet Launchpad suite is divided into five functional categories:
- Qsynth™ software for 16-polyphony, 128-instrument general Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) music generator
- Compact Media Extension (CMX™) software for MIDI, text and graphics-based multimedia applications
- Qtunes™ audio decoders, including support for Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) Layer-3 (MP3), enabling high-quality music reproduction
- Support for wireless VoIP-based group communications
- QTV™ MPEG-4 streaming video decoder to enable viewing of full-motion video
- Still image decoders for display of graphic and still-video images
- Bluetooth for wireless data and audio transfer between handset and various peripherals and data devices
- Universal Serial Bus (USB) for faster data transfers between wireless phones and other data devices
- PureVoice Mail™ for sending voice email attachments to desktop computers and other devices
- Internet Protocol (IP) stack support and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) browser interface for full Internet connectivity
- gpsOne™ and SnapTrack™ wireless-assisted Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, offering the highest possible accuracy and availability, both indoors and outdoors, to enable a new class of mobile, position-dependent applications and services, such as E-911, yellow pages, zone- based billing, navigation, local weather and traffic information, asset tracking and more
- PureVoice™ speaker-dependent and speaker-independent Voice Recognition (VR) with digit dialing, enabling voice commands for dialing and activation of phone functions and features
- PureVoice Recorder™ for voice memo and answering machine capabilities
- PureVoice Audio AGC™ (Automatic Gain Control) for better call intelligibility, especially under noisy conditions
- Subscriber Identity Module/Removable Universal Identity Module (SIM/RUIM) card interface
- Compatibility with third-party PDA operating systems
- Digital CMOS Image (DCI) sensor for image capture
- Color Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) driver to allow viewing of both still and moving images in full color
- Multimedia Card (MMC) interface, enabling addition of high-capacity removable memory for storage of data such as electronic maps, music and images, as well as for transfer of data to and from PCs and consumer devices
- Secure Digital (SD) Card interface, supporting implementation of secure e-commerce services and copyright protection. The SD interface is backward compatible with MMC Cards
These technologies and applications are either available or planned for integration into various upcoming chipset and system software releases from Qualcomm. A specific set of Wireless Internet Launchpad features will be incorporated selectively into each chipset and software product, closely matching the specific functionality and cost-target objectives agreed upon in joint product planning with manufacturers and wireless service operators worldwide. Wireless Internet Launchpad capabilities will continue to evolve with future product definition.
Today, the first generation of microbrowser-enabled mobile personal information management devices are beginning to appear in the marketplace. Within the next few years, a stunning array of potential new wireless devices, applications and services combining the Wireless Internet Launchpad suite and Qualcomm's chipset and system software, may include: PDAs that change functionality via rapid Internet downloads; intelligent wireless navigation devices that identify destinations, businesses, and locations of friends, family and services; mobile music browsing, downloading and playback; short-range wireless Bluetooth interconnections; mobile Internet chat rooms; up-to-the-minute local and international news, sports and financial information via streaming video; location-specific information from area businesses; and wireless video-mail -- available anytime, anywhere. An almost limitless variety of specialized and customized wireless applications, devices and services will be enabled with the Wireless Internet Launchpad suite and Qualcomm's chipset and system software integration.
"The last 20 years of mobile communications have created a very large, primarily voice-centric, worldwide market with unprecedented growth," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "There are still stunning growth opportunities in the near future when we consider the endless possibilities made available by adding Internet connectivity, multimedia, position location and much more to the equation."
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions, and tools with more than 80 million Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) 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.