NEW ORLEANS -- February 28, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced a complete test solution for third generation (3G) CDMA 1x Multi-Carrier (MC) networks that is compliant with the 3G standard as specified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The solution includes a 1xMC test phone, a dual-port data cable, and the QCTest™ CDMA Air Interface Tester (CAIT).
"Qualcomm's complete 1x test solution will enable carriers and infrastructure manufacturers to quickly deploy and optimize their 3G CDMA 1xMC networks," said Gina Lombardi, vice president of test and deployment products for Qualcomm. "The introduction of this solution proves that Qualcomm continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions to meet the increasing demands for advanced voice and data services."
Qualcomm's complete CDMA 1xMC test solution incorporates its 1x test phone, the first CDMA trial phone to provide simultaneous support for both data applications and CDMA parameter logging to enable data and diagnostics transmissions simultaneously via a revolutionary dual-port data cable. The 1x test phone is designed to operate in the 800 MHz cellular band as well as the 1900 MHz PCS band to cover global CDMA networks. The 1x test phone integrates Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' MSM5000™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™).
The complete 1x test solution also incorporates Qualcomm's CAIT analysis and optimization software to provide real-time network diagnostics for CDMA networks. CAIT is a network optimization software package that provides real-time, over-the-air analysis and logging of critical system parameters that offers secure, robust data collection with the ability to close and restart data files automatically based on time or file size. A portable wireless testing and analysis tool, CAIT supports design, development, test and deployment of CDMA networks and generates real-time graphical displays of CDMA over-the-air signals and a variety of system statistics.
The MSM5000 solution, Qualcomm's 3G 1x chipset and system software, is pin-compatible with the MSM3000™ chip and its software architecture. In delivering the MSM5000 solution, Qualcomm has exceeded the ITU's 3G requirements for data rates in full wide area mobility of 144 kilobits per second (kbps) by enabling data rates of up to 153.6 kbps on both the forward and reverse links. The MSM5000 chipset and system software is also fully backward compatible with existing IS-95A and IS-95B networks, providing a seamless migration path to 3G while maintaining existing wide area coverage for all subscribers. The MSM5000 system software will also include support for packet data, a full Internet protocol suite, voice recognition and many other features.
For more information on Qualcomm's new CDMA 1x MC test solution, visit the Company's web site at: http://www.qualcomm.com/cdma/optimization/.
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.