SAN DIEGO -- August 16, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the successful completion of the world's first third-generation (3G) CDMA 1x Multi-Carrier (1x) wireless data transmissions featuring up to 153 kilobits per second (kbps) on both forward and reverse channels. The transmissions were conducted between a CDMA wireless handset using the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM5000™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software, and a base station using the QCT CSM5000™ Cell Site Modem (CSM™) chip. A number of applications were demonstrated, including live two-way video conferencing, simultaneous streaming video, chat, web browsing and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) operations. The video conference demonstration was conducted between a stationary laptop and an in-vehicle laptop while driving. Both systems used Qualcomm's 3G CDMA 1x trial handsets to establish Over-The-Air (OTA) packet data connections running at greater than 144 kbps in both directions simultaneously.
During an FTP data transfer transmission, the QCT 3G 1x system transferred a one Megabyte (MB) file in 59 seconds - compared with an estimated 4.8 minutes required for a 28.8 kbps landline modem (and 2.5 minutes, 2.2 minutes and 65 seconds, respectively, for 56 kbps, 64 kbps and 128 kbps landline modems).
"These successful transmissions illustrate QCT's complete, end-to-end 3G CDMA 1x solution, demonstrating full data transmissions at high speed on both forward and reverse links between CDMA handsets and base stations," said Luis Pineda, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Manufacturers worldwide currently have products in development that will offer consumers real-world, high-speed multimedia Internet capabilities based on QCT's CDMA 3G 1x products. QCT is committed to providing handset and base station manufacturers with the most advanced CDMA solutions that will continue to accelerate the rollout of 3G products."
The test transmissions, measured on Qualcomm's private system, are part of an ongoing effort to ensure compliance with IS-2000 and exhibit gains in voice capacity and coverage, data throughput and coverage, and talk and standby time. Additional tests in operational networks are currently in progress. Commercial 3G 1x service is expected to be deployed in Korea by the end of 2000, with 3G 1x service expected in the United States and Japan in 2001.
Currently ramping for production shipment, the MSM5000 solution gives operators up to twice the overall capacity over IS-95A and IS-95B systems by providing features such as fast 800 Hz forward power control and new modulation and coding schemes. Significant standby time improvements in MSM5000-based handsets will also be achieved through the use of the new Quick Paging Channel. The MSM5000 chipset and system software is 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 and many other features.
The CSM5000 solution, compliant with IS-2000 1x, provides operators with up to twice the overall voice capacity over IS-95A and IS-95B systems. The CSM5000 solution exceeds the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU)144 kbps requirement for data rates in full wide-area mobility by enabling data rates of up to 307.2 kbps on both forward and reverse links. The CSM5000 chip integrates an ARM7™ microprocessor for reverse link processing and provides a PowerPC™ compatible synchronous interface. The flexible architecture of the CSM5000 solution provides resource mapping of up to 64 forward link channels and 32 reverse link channels and provides base station manufacturers with a four-fold increase in the number of simultaneous calls per channel card. In addition, the channel card power consumption per call is greatly reduced, enabling design of very compact base stations and picocells. Each channel element performs CDMA searching, CDMA modulation and demodulation, and Viterbi and Turbo decoding. The CSM5000 solution is now sampling, and production shipping is expected in the fourth calendar quarter of 2000.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions, and tools, with more than 115 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 80 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 the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, 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.