TOKYO, JAPAN -- July 17, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced adoption of the Company's Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software by most of the leading Japanese handset manufacturers for use on the Japanese cdmaOne™ networks. CMX software is easily added to handset designs and provides support for applications requiring time-synchronized multimedia outputs of MIDI-based music, text and graphics on wireless CDMA handsets. Representing a low-cost, fully integrated solution, CMX software is designed for use with Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) MSM3100™, MSM3300™ and MSM5100™ chipsets, and is a key component of Qualcomm's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite - which offers state-of-the-art multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality to handset manufacturers.
"We are pleased to recommend CMX software to our handset suppliers so that we can offer new wireless multimedia services to our customers," said Makoto Takahashi, general manager of the Service Planning Department of DDI. "CMX software quickly and inexpensively gives us a broad supply of handsets with the features and capabilities we need to implement our new services."
"Qualcomm is committed to providing manufacturers with solutions to drive the deployment of leading-edge, consumer-oriented wireless Internet services based on multimedia applications," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "As part of Qualcomm's Wireless Internet Launchpad suite, the CMX software will allow faster time-to-market with lower cost for manufacturers who wish to offer consumers new wireless content and entertainment capabilities in their handsets."
CMX software uses a MIDI-based time coordination scheme to synchronize music, text and graphical data, providing a true multimedia environment for wireless handsets. CMX software is highly flexible and, because it is decoder-independent with respect to graphic data, the CMX solution can be easily integrated with a variety of graphic decoders and can be customized by the CDMA handset manufacturer to support a wide range of wireless multimedia services. Possible services that CMX software will enable include downloadable screen savers that incorporate graphics and music, greeting card services, including animated musical birthday "cards" and much more.
CMX software contains a fully featured MIDI-based wave table synthesizer capable of synthesizing high-quality music output. The synthesizer is optimized to run on Qualcomm's QDSP2000™ digital processing core and is capable of 16-polyphony, 128-instrument music.
CMX-based multimedia services will be offered by DDI and IDO starting this month.
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.