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 early shipment of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM3300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset samples and system software. This product represents the world's first multimedia-capable CDMA chipset and features the highest level of integration of multimedia features available for mobile phones of any standard. Also shipping is QCT's IFR3300™ chip, an intermediate frequency (IF)-to-baseband receiver, enabling complete integration of a Global Positioning System (GPS)-band radio without additional external radio frequency (RF) or IF chips. The sample shipments of the MSM3300 and IFR3300 solutions began in August 2000, enabling manufacturers to begin the design of advanced wireless handsets that offer rich multimedia applications and power-efficient position location features in very small and cost-effective form-factors.
"The MSM3300/IFR3300 solutions represent Qualcomm's ongoing leadership in wireless technology and our commitment to help manufacturers begin immediate development of advanced multimedia handsets," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "With the industry's most powerful position location technologies and highly integrated multimedia capabilities, Qualcomm's newest chipsets will drive the next generation of wireless products by providing wireless subscribers with an experience unprecedented in richness, and supplying manufacturers with increased cost savings and shorter time-to-market."
The MSM3300 device is the centerpiece of the chipset, comprised of the MSM3300 CDMA modem, the RFT3100™ analog-baseband-to-RF upconverter, the IFR3300 IF-to-baseband downconverter, RFR3100™ RF-to-IF downconverter, PA3100™ power amplifier and PM1000™ power management device.
The MSM3300 chipset and system software's higher on-chip integration incorporates Qualcomm's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software, including the gpsOne™ position-location solution featuring SnapTrack™ technology, Bluetooth connectivity capabilities, Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM) controller (CDMA Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) controller), and multimedia features such as Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software.
Qualcomm's breakthrough gpsOne position location technology merges GPS satellite and network information with highly sophisticated SnapTrack wireless location technology to provide a high-availability solution that offers industry-leading accuracy and performance. Using enhanced signal processing to overcome the limitations of other GPS systems, especially in urban canyon and indoor environments, the gpsOne solution exceeds the Federal Communications Commission's mandate requiring wireless operators to provide the location of cellular 9-1-1 calls (E-911) to emergency call centers. With its highly integrated implementation, the gpsOne solution is the most cost-effective wireless position location technology available in a mobile handset for CDMA cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) networks. The MSM3300 chipset also enables a broad range of personal location software and services, including personalized navigation information, area-specific weather forecasts, traffic reports and commercial tracking services, as well as a broad range of e-commerce and entertainment applications, including mobile yellow pages, zone-based advertising and community information, and localized chat and bulletin boards. The MSM3300 solution fully supports the IS-801 location standard and the SnapTrack SmartServer™ Position Determination Entity (PDE) system.
Bluetooth digital baseband processing is also integrated into the MSM3300 chipset and system software solution. Bluetooth, a short-range radio technology that eliminates the need for wired connections between digital devices, is becoming an industry standard to ensure that various computing and telecommunications equipment can connect easily. In addition to untethering devices by replacing cables, Bluetooth provides a universal bridge to existing data networks and peripherals. Bluetooth is a mechanism to form small, private ad hoc groupings of connected devices away from fixed network infrastructures.
The MSM3300 solution supports optional software from Qualcomm, enabling advanced audio features such as Qtunes MP3 player software and CMX MIDI-based multimedia software. MP3 is a standard audio file format for compressing a sound sequence into about one-twelfth the size of the original file with very little loss in sound quality. These enhancements will support a wide variety of future wireless music applications, including Karaoke phones, MP3 player phones and more.
The MSM3300 solution integrates a SIM controller that enables a direct interface with SIM cards, providing CDMA handset manufacturers with a comprehensive solution that will allow a subscriber's identity to be stored in a single, removable card. This capability will make global roaming possible across CDMA or Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks and to countries using different frequencies by allowing users to exchange handsets while using the same identity card.
In addition, the MSM3300 solution integrates a mass storage device controller, such as an MMC (Multimedia Card) interface, which will provide an effective interconnection to much larger memory space to store CD-quality music data or mapping data from a geographical navigation service.
Pin-compatible with the MSM3100, the MSM3300 is available in the same 208-ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) production package. Qualcomm's MSM3300 chip interfaces directly with the IFR3300, RFR3100, RFT3100 and PA3100 chips, and the PM1000 power management chip.
Along with the MSM3300 chipset, QCT is shipping the IFR3300 chip. The IFR3300 chip is an IF-to-baseband receiver that offers all of the functions of the previous IFR3000™, but adds low-pass filtering tailored for gpsOne capability. The IFR3300 is pin-for-pin compatible with the IFR3000.
As with the IFR3000 chip, the IFR3300 solution includes RX power control through a 90 dB dynamic range ACG amplifier, IF mixer for downconverting IF to analog baseband, and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for converting CDMA, FM and GPS baseband signals to digital baseband. The IFR3300 chip operates down to 2.7V and is offered in a 48BCC+ (bump chip carrier) package that enables smaller handsets.
Production quantities of the MSM3300 and the IFR3300 solutions are expected to be available 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.