TOKYO, JAPAN -- July 17, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced a new digital chipset and system software solution that facilitates the development of CDMA handheld devices suitable for wireless Internet services and applications. The Mobile Station Processor 1000 (MSP1000™) solution is a microprocessor system capable of performing the functions associated with personal digital assistant (PDA) applications and is intended for either stand-alone PDA implementations or as a companion processor to a variety of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipsets for smartphone or wireless communicator products. The MSP1000 solution, which will improve manufacturers' time-to-market and aid in lowering program costs, is also suitable for use in a wide range of other specialized applications, including wireless gaming, automotive, video and navigation.
The MSP1000 chipset and system software is part of Qualcomm's complete wireless Internet solution and complements QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite, which enables a broad range of new terminal products, applications and Internet services, including advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality.
"The MSP1000 represents QCT's ongoing responsiveness to our customers' interest in creating next-generation wireless Internet products for broad consumer markets," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "As the number and variety of Internet and multimedia applications increases, mobile devices will need the processing resources and embedded functionality we have incorporated into this chipset. Designed from a complete system perspective, in both the hardware and software, QCT's MSP1000 solution will enhance wireless device performance and provide a richer user experience."
The MSP1000 chipset is designed to satisfy the needs of the manufacturers who require high-performance processing capabilities, low cost and minimum power consumption. It is targeted for Internet-centric mobile applications that run a third-party operating system, Java, an HTML browser, Moving Pictures Experts Group-4 (MPEG-4) decoder or other resource-intensive applications. Through very fast shared memory, the MSP1000 chipset interfaces with QCT's family of MSM chipsets for multimedia applications and third-generation (3G)1x Evolution (1xEV) (based on High Data Rate) services. By simply selecting a different MSM chipset from QCT's pin-compatible MSM roadmap, manufacturers can develop a variety of platforms with distinct feature sets, all from a single system design.
The MSP1000 chipset supports the most popular handheld operating systems, including Symbian, Microsoft Windows® CE and Pocket PC, MicroITRON and other proprietary systems. Incorporated in the MSP1000 chipset is an ARM720T™ processor core which features an eight kilobyte cache, write buffer and memory management unit, together with several highly integrated peripherals: LCD controller for color or monochrome requirements with on-chip frame buffer, touchscreen controller, Multimedia Card and SDRAM controllers. The MSP1000 chipset will be offered in a 208 Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) package. QCT is developing system software to enhance the MSP1000's functions and to provide a tightly integrated interface to the MSM family of chipsets. These enhancements include additional Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for multimedia applications plus a translation layer between third-party operating systems and QCT's physical device drivers. The expanded capabilities of QCT's system software will enable device manufacturers to easily develop a single system design that incorporates one or several operating systems that support advanced applications for a variety of platforms.
Sample shipments of the MSP1000 chipset, system software and development board are scheduled for Q4 2000.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies 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 HDR technology may not become commercially deployed, 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.