SAN DIEGO -- October 9, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it has entered into a subscriber unit research and development agreement with Chunghwa Telecom Labs (CHTTL), the technology development group of the state-owned telecommunication operator in Taiwan. Under the terms of the agreement, CHTTL will develop and evaluate prototype subscriber units based on Qualcomm's third-generation (3G) cdma2000 1x technology. Qualcomm will also provide CHTTL with CDMA chipsets and system software, relevant documentation and technical support required for its cdma2000 1x research and development projects.
"Qualcomm supports CHTTL's efforts as they evaluate third-generation CDMA technology for future deployments of its wireless services," said Marvin Blecker, senior vice president of technology transfer for Qualcomm. "This R&D agreement will serve to further establish Chunghwa Telecom as a leading provider of next-generation wireless services and Qualcomm as a leading developer of global digital wireless communications technologies."
"cdma2000 technology will allow CHTTL to build a solid foundation for 3G CDMA capabilities and speed up Chunghwa Telecom's future service offerings," said Dr. John C. C. Hsueh, president of CHTTL. "cdma2000 technology will increase Chunghwa Telecom's competence in the 3G mobile wireless communications market and allow it to provide high quality service to its customers."
Chunghwa Telecom, currently the largest telecommunication corporation in Taiwan, offers a wide range of telecom services, including domestic wireline, wireless, overseas and Internet communications. Chunghwa Telecom's objective is becoming a diversified enterprise. CHTTL, founded in 1969, is a leading telecommunication R&D unit in Taiwan and a research arm of Chunghwa Telecom. With more than 1,300 employees, CHTTL aims at providing technical support to the operations of Chunghwa Telecom, establishing leading-edge technologies and supporting governmental policy requirements. Its R&D fields include wireless communications, broadband transport and access, Internet and multimedia applications, network operations support, customer service information, advanced technology research and customer premises equipment. CHTTL is expanding its wireless research capability to realize the above-mentioned aims. For more information please visit http://www.chttl.com.tw/
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 90 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.