Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Announces Highly Integrated Third Generation CDMA 1xMC Solution Offering Unprecedented Data Rates and Multimedia Capabilities

Feb 28, 2000NEW ORLEANS

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the introduction of the highly integrated MSM5100™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solution supporting the Third Generation (3G) 1x Multi-Carrier (MC) standard. Based on the MSM3300™ chipset and software architecture, the MSM5100 chipset family will provide data rates of up to 307 kilobits per second (kbps) on both the forward and reverse links, up to a 50 percent increase in standby times, and up to twice the overall capacity for voice of IS-95A and IS-95B systems. The MSM5100 solution will allow manufacturers to develop state-of-the-art 3G handsets that feature the highest level of integration and the most complete set of positioning, multimedia and other advanced features available in the wireless industry.

"With the introduction of the MSM5100 chipset and system software, Qualcomm continues to lead the development of next generation CDMA wireless technology by offering a highly cost-effective and feature-rich 3G 1xMC solution. This chip was designed to enable manufacturers to deliver a new breed of high data rate, position-aware and Internet-enabled products to consumers in the near future," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By leveraging our existing high performance MSM5000 3G 1xMC modem and Wireless Internet Launchpad suite, we can quickly increase the level of integration and add many new features to the MSM5100 solution, providing our customers with a very fast and easy migration path for their next generation wireless products."

The MSM5100 chipset and system software will be pin-compatible with the MSM3300 chipset, decreasing time-to-market for handset manufacturers. The MSM5100 incorporates Qualcomm's Wireless Internet Launchpad suite, enabling a broad range of new terminal products, applications and Internet services, 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.

The gpsOne solution, which integrates SnapTrack™ technology with Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite and network information, provides a high-availability solution that offers industry-leading accuracy and performance. The gpsOne solution will provide the world's most available and cost-effective solution for wireless position location technology in a mobile handset for CDMA cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) networks, and will meet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate requiring wireless operators to provide the location of 911 calls (E-911). The MSM5100 solution will also enable a broad range of future 3G 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 entertainment applications, including online chat and bulletin boards.

The MSM5100 chipset also provides the most efficient solution to integrating Bluetooth digital baseband processing into a comprehensive 3G CDMA chipset and system software solution. Bluetooth is a short-range radio technology that eliminates the need for wired connections between digital devices, and is becoming an industry standard to ensure that computing and telecommunications equipment can communicate easily. Bluetooth provides a universal bridge to existing data networks, a peripheral interface, and a mechanism to form small, private ad hoc groupings of connected devices away from fixed network infrastructures.

Optional software from Qualcomm for the MSM5100 solution will enable 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 MSM5100 solution will also integrate a mass storage device controller, such as a Multimedia card (MMC) interface, which will provide an effective interconnection to much larger memory space to store MP3 music data or mapping data from a geographical navigation service.

The MSM5100 solution will be fabricated in a 0.18 um Leff CMOS process at 2.3 ~3.0V, and will be available in the same 208-ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) production package as the MSM3300.

Key features of the MSM5100 chip include:

  • 3G 1xMC compliant
  • Full featured and pin compatible with the MSM3300 chipset
  • Position location processor based on the gpsOne technology
  • Enhanced 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 device (MMC) controller
  • Support for removable user identification module (SIM/R-UIM)
  • 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 Q4 of 2000, with production volumes expected to start by 2001.

"We are committed to enable timely introduction of full-featured 3G 1xMC handset and infrastructure products in the market. Our close working relationship with several leading 3G 1xMC handset manufacturers, infrastructure vendors and service operators, coupled with our proven CDMA technology solutions and world-class technical support, will help ensure we release quality products on time," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The 1xMC 3G technology will evolve quickly and seamlessly. This will allow smooth and timely introduction of next-generation wireless services, offering higher data rates, Internet connectivity and increased network capacity for both voice and data, while preserving existing investments in IS-95 handsets, network equipment and the subscriber base."

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 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 ( 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.


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