NEW ORLEANS -- February 28, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) today announced that it has acquired the Technology Development group of the United Kingdom-based TELLIT Communications Limited, a company with industry-leading expertise in European radio frequency design for handsets including Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) 450 technology, for approximately $20 million. TELLIT's research and development resources will be operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, Qualcomm (UK) Limited. Qualcomm will use these European-based resources to design CDMA handsets, supported by Qualcomm's chipsets and system software, for operation in European frequencies. These handset designs will then be made available to Qualcomm's chipset customers to ensure CDMA handsets are available in a timely fashion should CDMA be deployed in these frequencies.
"TELLIT's talented engineering base with its extensive Radio Frequency experience will complement Qualcomm's CDMA development efforts," said Rich Sulpizio, president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm. "TELLIT has been very successful in pioneering the development of low-power mobile technology for the European market, and we look forward to utilizing this expertise to help accelerate the acceptance of CDMA worldwide."
"TELLIT's success with innovative R&D driven solutions in RF design will dovetail nicely with Qualcomm's world-leading CDMA expertise and paves the way for the introduction of CDMA into Europe," said John Masters, managing director of TELLIT.
NMT 450 is a wireless analog mobile telephonic standard operating at 450 MHz. Operators of NMT 450 systems will be migrating to digital technologies, including CDMA. The ability to adapt CDMA to European frequencies will enable operators to increase capacity, speed and quality over current technologies.
TELLIT, which was formerly the UK-based cellular handset design and manufacturing subsidiary of Radio Design AB of Sweden, was acquired in April 1999 by a consortium of private equity investors. TELLIT is the world's first company to design a cellular handset based on Low Emission Mobile Station (LEMS) technology. TELLIT recently launched the competitive A77 NMT handset, that is proving to be of great interest with European operators. TELLIT's headquarters are located in Farnborough, United Kingdom.
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. Qualcomm owns patents which are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. Qualcomm has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 75 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. 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, whether CDMA will be deployed in any existing European frequency bands, 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.