SAN DIEGO -- October 12, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced a multi-million dollar amendment extending Advantest's existing CDMA test equipment license agreement to include the use of certain Qualcomm patents for the manufacture and supply of test products for current and third-generation (3G) CDMA and 1xEV (HDR) applications. Prior to the amendment, Advantest was licensed under Qualcomm's CDMA patents only for cdmaOne™ test products. In addition, Advantest may purchase Qualcomm's advanced chipset and system software solutions for use in Advantest's test equipment products.
"The extension of this license agreement will allow Advantest to further support the worldwide growth of 3G CDMA wireless communications solutions," said Marvin Blecker, senior vice president of technology transfer for Qualcomm. "We look forward to working with Advantest to help them bring next-generation CDMA test products to market rapidly."
"Advantest is committed to including cutting-edge technology for its new and innovative test equipment products," said Mr. Masakazu Ando, general manager of Advantest's Measuring Instruments Business Group. "Qualcomm's CDMA digital wireless technology will enable us to offer our customers the highest quality test products to support current and 3G products and services."
Advantest Corporation is the world's leading automatic test equipment supplier to the semiconductor industry, and is also one of the world's leading producers of electronic and optoelectronic instruments and systems. A global company, Advantest has long offered total ATE solutions and leads the industry in every component of semiconductor test: tester, handler, mechanical and electrical interfaces, and software. Their testers for System-On-Chip, logic, memory, mixed-signal, and RF chips, as well as their device handlers are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor fabrication lines in the world. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its North American subsidiary in 1982. Advantest America, Inc.; Advantest America R&D Center, Inc.; and the newly established Advantest Test Engineering Corporation are based in Santa Clara, Calif.
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.