Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the introduction of the Company's first multimedia-enabled Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solution based on the MSM3100™ chipset architecture: the MSM3300™ chipset and system software. The MSM3300 solution features the highest level of integration of multimedia features available for mobile phones. This announcement also marks the introduction of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' IFR3300™ chip, an IF-to-baseband receiver, enabling complete integration of a Global Positioning System (GPS)-band radio without other external RF or IF chips.
"With the introduction of the MSM3300 chipset and system software, Qualcomm has integrated its proven CDMA solutions with new multimedia and position-location features that will drive the next generation of wireless products," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Combining Qualcomm's world-class technical support and its close working relationships with industry leaders results in a formula for success - providing shorter time-to-market and increased cost savings for manufacturers."
The MSM3300 chipset and system software will enable the design of a new generation of CDMA handsets and data devices with rich feature sets and industry-leading performance. Higher on-chip integration provides advanced technologies, including the gpsOne™ position-location solution and Bluetooth, as well as multimedia features such as Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software.
Qualcomm is introducing its breakthrough gpsOne position location technology in the MSM3300 solution. The new gpsOne solution merges GPS satellite and network information, as well as highly sophisticated SnapTrack™ wireless location technology, to provide a high-availability solution that offers industry-leading accuracy and performance. The gpsOne solution will meet the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) mandate requiring wireless operators to provide the location of 911 calls (E-911), and provide the world's widest GPS availability, both indoors and outdoors, as well as the most cost-effective solution for wireless position location technology in a mobile handset for CDMA cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) networks. The MSM3300 solution will also enable a broad range of future GPS-related software and services, including navigation information, area-specific weather forecasts, traffic reports and commercial tracking services, as well as a broad range of e-commerce and entertainment applications, including localized travel and event ticket bookings, zone-based advertising and community information, and localized on-line chat and bulletin boards.
The MSM3300 chipset provides the most efficient wireless modem solution available, integrating Bluetooth digital baseband processing into a comprehensive CDMA chipset and system software solution. Bluetooth is a short-range radio technology that eliminates the need for wired connections between digital devices. Bluetooth is becoming an industry standard to ensure that various computing and telecommunications equipment can communicate easily. In addition to untethering devices by replacing the cables, Bluetooth provides a universal bridge to existing data networks and peripheral. Bluetooth is a mechanism to form small, private ad hoc groupings of connected devices away from fixed network infrastructures.
Pin-compatible with the MSM3100, the MSM3300 will be available in the same 208-ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) production package. Qualcomm's MSM3300 chip interfaces directly with the IFR3300, RFR3100™ and RFT3100™ chips, and the PM1000™ power management chip.
As mobile phones become more popular, they are also becoming more of an entertainment tool. The MSM3300 solution will support optional software from Qualcomm, enabling advanced audio features such as Qtunes MP3 player software and CMX MIDI-based multimedia software. MP3 is a standard audio file format for compressing a sound sequence into about one-twelfth the size of the original file with very little loss in sound quality. These enhancements will allow a wide variety of future wireless music applications, including Karaoke phones, MP3 player phones and more.
The MSM3300 solution will also integrate a mass storage device controller, such as an MMC (Multimedia Card) interface, which will provide an effective interconnection to much larger memory space to store CD-quality music data or mapping data from a geographical navigation service.
"This is Qualcomm's most versatile chipset and software solution - designed to meet the diversified demands of wireless multimedia devices - supplying sophisticated audio, position location, Bluetooth and other capabilities," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The MSM3300 solution will drive the introduction of the next generation of wireless devices that offer advanced information, entertainment, e-commerce, connectivity, safety and productivity tools."
System development software, verification, test, debug, calibration, manufacturing and field test support are available using the CDMA Designer development toolkit, reducing time-to-market for a complete CDMA handset.
Key features of the MSM3300 chip include:
- Fully feature and pin compatible with the MSM3100 chipset
- Completely integrated gpsOne position location processor that includes advanced SnapTrack technology
- Enhanced real-time 256x searcher for faster system acquisition
- Embedded Bluetooth baseband processor
- Compliant with Bluetooth 1.0 standard
- IS-95B compliant to support High-Speed Packet Data (HSPD)
- Multimedia software support (Qtunes and CMX software)
- Integrated mass-storage MMC memory card controller
- 2.3 V to 3.0 V I/O
- 208-ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) package
Sample shipments to customers are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2000, with production volumes expected to start by the end of the year.]
Along with the MSM3300 chipset, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies also announced the availability of the IFR3300 chip. The IFR3300 is an IF-to-baseband receiver that offers all of the functions of the previous IFR3000™, but adds low-pass filtering tailored for gpsOne capability. The IFR3300 is pin-for-pin compatible with the IFR3000.
As with the IFR3000 chip, the IFR3300 solution includes RX power control through a 90 dB dynamic range ACG amplifier, IF mixer for downconverting IF to analog baseband, and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for converting CDMA, FM and GPS baseband signals to digital baseband. The IFR3300 chip operates down to 2.7V and will be offered in a 48BCC (bump chip carrier) package that enables smaller handsets. Sample shipments to customers are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2000, with production volumes expected to start by the end of the year.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions, and tools with more than 80 million 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.