NEW ORLEANS -- February 28, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Symbian, the leading technology provider for manufacturers of wireless information devices, today announced a partnership promoting the interoperability of Symbian-based wireless information devices using Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) chipset and system software solutions on CDMA networks worldwide.
The technologies that are the basis of this partnership will be QCT's recently announced Internet Mobile Station Modem (iMSM™) family of chipset and system software solutions and the Symbian platform, comprised of an operating system, applications and connectivity software for wireless information devices. As part of this strategic alliance, QCT and Symbian have agreed to work together with network operators, software developers and manufacturers of smartphones and communicators to enable expanded data and advanced wireless Internet services and products.
"This partnership extends Symbian's central role in bringing together key industry stakeholders to set standards in the global wireless market," said Colly Myers, CEO, Symbian. "Qualcomm is playing a leading role in driving CDMA technology and shaping third-generation network standards, and Symbian provides the core operating system and applications for smartphones and communicators. Together we're ensuring the future of services and applications, across all networks, on wireless information devices."
"We are extremely pleased to ensure that Qualcomm's new iMSM family, enabling single-chip, cost effective smartphone products, operates flawlessly and efficiently with Symbian's technology," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "This alliance will help boost the development of new wireless services and features as well as enable our customers to design innovative phone and wireless computing devices faster."
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies recently announced that the iMSM product family will feature a number of different chips and system software solutions available over a period of time, and will be targeted to different segments of the wireless device market. Designed for current and next generation CDMA networks, the iMSM family will help accelerate the evolution of multiple classes of smartphones, combining telephony, full Internet protocol stacks and drivers, and handheld computing functions into feature-rich wireless handsets that include larger screens, more memory and greater data processing capabilities.
Symbian owns, licenses, develops and supports leading software, user interfaces, application frameworks and development tools for wireless information devices such as communicators and smartphones. Symbian aims to promote standards for the interoperability of wireless information devices with wireless networks, content services, and messaging and enterprise wide solutions. With headquarters in London, Symbian has offices in Tokyo and Kanazawa, Japan; Ronneby, Sweden; Cambridge, UK and San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Symbian is owned by Ericsson, Matsushita, Motorola, Nokia and Psion. Symbian's website can be found at www.symbian.com.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, 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. 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, 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.