SAN DIEGO and CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- October 23, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Glenayre Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEMS), a worldwide provider of communication solutions for the mobile community, today announced that they have entered into a CDMA modem card license agreement. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted Glenayre a worldwide license under Qualcomm's CDMA technology and patents to design and market innovative solutions for third-generation CDMA (WCDMA, cdma2000, TD-SCDMA) and 1xEV (HDR) applications. The royalties payable by Glenayre are the same irrespective of the licensed CDMA standard.
"Qualcomm is pleased to license its technology to Glenayre for the development of CDMA and HDR enabled wireless solutions to fulfill the demand for Unified Messaging in the rapidly expanding CDMA marketplace," said Steve Altman, president of Qualcomm Technology Alliances. "This agreement with Glenayre further supports Qualcomm's vision of providing CDMA-enabled devices with innumerable applications to consumers and businesses worldwide."
Glenayre plans to build on its Wireless Unified Messaging Services (WUMS) strategy by developing new solutions that merge WUMS with the Internet and CDMA carrier networks for delivery to worldwide customers who currently use Glenayre's UMS products as well as into new distribution channels.
"Glenayre looks forward to expanding its portfolio of wireless data products and solutions to include CDMA networks worldwide," said Eric Doggett, president and chief executive officer of Glenayre. "Our Qualcomm license further demonstrates Glenayre's strategy to develop new solutions for a mobile community who operate on digital communication networks. We will continue to build on our expertise as a leading supplier of wireless communication products in the ReFLEX network marketplace to create Solutions for an @ctiveWorld that are device- and network-independent."
CDMA technology provides larger bandwidth availability enabling the Glenayre development of integrated voice and high bandwidth data for the active world. Using the modem card license, Glenayre will develop next generation CDMA-based wireless devices that will bring integrated voice and data wireless to a variety of personal communication devices and operate on CDMA digital networks.
"Glenayre plans to leverage CDMA technology to offer wireless solutions able to access a variety of information quickly and conveniently through digital networks. Through our relationship with Qualcomm and other leaders in the wireless industry, Glenayre is developing seamless solutions that operate across all network technologies," said Jim Kelly, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Glenayre.
For more than 35 years, Glenayre has developed and provided leading-edge personal communication systems for the global market. Glenayre is focused on delivering our Solutions for an @ctive World™ portfolio, leveraging core competencies in the converging sectors of the wireless Internet and unified messaging. Glenayre's wireless messaging products and systems include one- and two-way paging infrastructure equipment; award-winning Always @ctive™ two-way pagers; an array of Enhanced Services Platform products featuring voice mail, fax messaging, voice-activated services, personal one-number services; and debit/prepaid calling card platforms. Glenayre, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, has 1,300 employees located in 14 countries with 1999 net sales exceeding $238 million.
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; digital cinema systems; and 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 Qualcomm'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 Companies serve, intensity of market competition, technological obsolescence, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the companies' SEC reports, including Qualcomm's report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26, 1999, Glenayre's report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999 and both companies' most recent Form 10-Q.