TOKYO, JAPAN -- July 17, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced PureVoice™ Voice Recognition (VR), Release 4.0 software for Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipsets. The industry-leading features contained in this latest software release include speaker-dependent name dialing for up to 100 names, speaker-independent voice digit dialing, a new VR capability that combines both speaker-dependent and speaker-independent features, and support for voice-attached email.
"The powerful new features available in PureVoice VR 4.0 will allow manufacturers to offer consumers advanced voice-recognition capabilities without handset re-engineering," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
"Qualcomm supplies VR solutions to more handset manufacturers than any other supplier in the industry. This new release further solidifies the position of Qualcomm's PureVoice VR solution as the most versatile and best performing voice-recognition software available in the market."
PureVoice VR 4.0's speaker-dependent name dialing feature offers support for up to 100 voice dial names, with capacity to manage the entire phone book of a typical wireless handset. The easy-to-use speaker-independent digit dialing feature, allows voice entry of a string of numbers in a hands-free mode, greatly increasing safety during automotive use or at other times when physically dialing a number would be inconvenient or unsafe.
PureVoice VR 4.0 software also allows manufacturers to combine both speaker-dependent and speaker-independent commands at the same time. The PureVoice VR 4.0 engine can listen for either type of command, thus providing a more user-friendly handset that reduces menu complexity since the need to switch between modes is eliminated.
The voice-attached email feature uses voice recording technology to allow the user to create a voice memo which can then be sent as email (on handsets whose Web browsers allow file attachments), to either another PureVoice-enabled handset or desktop computer for playback. Qualcomm offers free download of the PureVoice codec, which when installed on a PC, provides complete record and playback capabilities. This will allow the integration of a home or business computer into an advanced wireless message center.
PureVoice VR 4.0 software for the MSM3100™ chipset will begin shipping later this year.
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 offers wireless position location technology by SnapTrack™, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. 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.; 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 the 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.