NEW ORLEANS -- February 28, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced on-time shipment of Qualcomm's CSM5000™ Cell Site Modem (CSM™) solution to manufacturers worldwide for use in their CDMA wireless base stations. Major manufacturers worldwide have chosen Qualcomm's CSM5000 solution including, among others, Fujitsu Limited (Nasdaq: FJTSY), Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd., LG Information and Communications, Ltd. (LGIC), Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT). The CSM5000 solution is the industry's first to support the third generation (3G) CDMA 1x Multi-Carrier (MC) standard based on IS-2000 for CDMA base stations as specified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
"With the CSM5000 base station solution, Qualcomm continues to drive worldwide deployment of 3G and customer acceptance for the 1x MC standard," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The CSM5000 chip supports backward compatibility, high data rates and customization capabilities that will significantly reduce time-to-market and increase profitability for infrastructure manufacturers."
"With the incredible growth in demand for global CDMA solutions, Qualcomm's CSM5000 chip will help us meet our goals for the development and launch of an enhanced cdmaOne system," said Shinichiro Aoki, director of Mobile Radio Systems Department, Mobile&Wireless Systems Development Division at Fujitsu Limited.
"We think Hyundai will benefit a lot from the excellent features Qualcomm's CSM5000 solution promises," said In Cheol Shin, senior vice president of Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd. "The CSM5000 chipset will allow our customers to meet their deployment schedules with the superior performance they demand."
"The highly integrated single-chip and software solution offered by Qualcomm will allow us to accelerate our development and deployment of a state-of-the-art 3G system," said Mansoo Park, vice president of Digital Mobile Com Division at LG Information and Communications, Ltd.
"This solution will help provide our customers a smooth evolution to cdma2000, delivering a fast time-to-market solution and new revenue opportunities for high speed data," said Dave Murashige, vice president, marketing, wireless solutions, Nortel Networks.
In September, Lucent Technologies was the first company to announce that their CDMA base stations will be equipped with new channel cards incorporating Qualcomm's CSM5000 solution. Field trials, using Lucent's Flexent® base stations and trial handsets, will begin in the first half of 2000.
The CSM5000 solution, compliant with IS-2000 1x MC, provides operators with up to twice the overall capacity of voice users over IS-95A and IS-95B systems, and supports up to 32 simultaneous users on a single chip, a four-fold increase over the previous generation CSM. The CSM5000 solution exceeds the ITU's 144 kilobits per second (kbps) requirement for data rates in full wide-area mobility by enabling data rates of up to 307.2 kbps on both forward and reverse links. The CSM5000 chip integrates an ARM7™ microprocessor for reverse link processing and provides a PowerPC™ compatible synchronous interface.
The flexible architecture of the CSM5000 solution provides resource mapping of up to 64 forward link channels and 32 reverse link channels and provides base station manufacturers with a four-fold increase in the number of simultaneous calls per channel card. In addition, the channel card power consumption per call is greatly reduced, enabling design of very compact base stations and picocells. Each channel element performs CDMA searching, CDMA modulation and demodulation, and Viterbi and Turbo decoding.
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.