SAN DIEGO -- May 24, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced support for the Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM) using Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipsets and system software solutions. Qualcomm's MSM chipset and system software solutions, combined with R-UIM cards from leading SIM card suppliers such as Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), will initially target support for the deployment of R-UIM in countries such as China and Korea. This solution provides CDMA handset manufacturers with a comprehensive solution that allows a subscriber's identity to be stored in a single removable card, making global roaming to countries using different frequencies and across CDMA or GSM networks easier by exchanging handsets using the same card.
The solution also paves the way for R-UIM-based advanced smart card services in CDMA handsets to complement the already rich offerings of CDMA voice and data services. This solution supports the recent CDMA Development Group (CDG) announcement that the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) approved the CDMA Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) standard, R-UIM, for publication. In addition, the 3G Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) has also endorsed R-UIM for standardization.
"The acceptance of the R-UIM standard will facilitate the rapid development and deployment of existing and next-generation features, such as global roaming and advanced services for CDMA phones worldwide," said Luis Pineda, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The rollout of R-UIM-enabled chipsets and system software exemplifies Qualcomm's ongoing commitment to provide the marketplace with the most complete CDMA solutions available."
"We are very pleased to work with Qualcomm on validating a solution for R-UIM-enabled handsets," said Oliver Piou, president of Schlumberger smart cards. "This complete CDMA solution combined with our world leading R-UIM cards will offer global roaming capabilities, as well as open the door for numerous exciting smart card advanced services for CDMA handset manufacturers and operators."
"Qualcomm has long been the leader in developing innovative CDMA system solutions," said Terry Yen, chairman of CDMA Development Group's Asia-Pacific Working Group. "Their support of the R-UIM standard will help accelerate market acceptance and rollout of R-UIM for making global roaming a reality, as well as drive new development for next-generation terminals with advanced smart card services."
Qualcomm is working closely with CDMA handset manufacturers and leading R-UIM card manufacturers such as Schlumberger, to make early rollout of new R-UIM enabled CDMA handsets possible. Qualcomm's MSM chipset and software solutions provide simple interfaces to a R-UIM card. This complete solution provides CDMA handset manufacturers a low cost solution and shortens development time. The R-UIM feature will support CDMA technology worldwide with initial rollout of the MSM3000™ and MSM3100™ system software and development platform with R-UIM support for IS-95A/B handsets in June 2000.
Schlumberger is the leading provider of smart card-based solutions worldwide. Drawing on 20 years experience in pioneering smart card innovations, Schlumberger is continuing to evolve the new generation of smart cards, parking terminals, ticketing machines, payphones, banking terminals, servers, software, applications and systems integration that will play a key role in the 21st century's digital age. Additional information is available at http://www.slb.com/smartcards. Schlumberger Test&Transactions provides smart card-based solutions; semiconductor equipment and services; and corporate IP and network solutions to customers throughout the world. It is a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, an $8.4 billion global technology services company.
The CDMA Development Group is a non-profit trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of cdmaOne™. The 115 member companies of the CDG include many of the world's largest wireless operators and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of cdmaOne features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on cdmaOne-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact Christine Bock of the CDG News Bureau at (714) 540-1030.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions and tools with more than 100 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 (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; satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. 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 2000 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® 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.