SAN DIEGO -- October 26, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Spirent Communications, a world leader in performance analysis solutions, today announced that they have entered into a CDMA test equipment license agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Spirent Communications a royalty-bearing license to use Qualcomm's CDMA technology and patents to design and market test equipment products for current and third-generation (3G) CDMA and 1xEV (HDR) applications. Additionally, Spirent Communications has the ability to purchase Qualcomm's advanced chipset and system software solutions.
"This license agreement with Spirent recognizes Qualcomm's essential patent portfolio for CDMA technology," said Marvin Blecker, senior vice president of technology transfer for Qualcomm. "The agreement allows Spirent Communications the opportunity to support the current CDMA market while helping to enable the rapid deployment of 3G CDMA systems with commercial test equipment."
"CDMA is the technology of choice for next-generation voice and data services and this agreement is reflective of our strong commitment to provide operators and manufacturers with the most efficient migration path to third-generation wireless services," said My Chung, Group President of Spirent Communications. "The agreement strengthens Spirent Communications' ability to extend its world-leading portfolio of performance analysis solutions for wireless communications."
Spirent Communications combines the resources of six leading communications test and measurement brands including Abacus, Adtech, DLS, GSS, SmartBits and TAS, to provide customers with a full-breadth of comprehensive and integrated tests. Spirent Communications' solutions are indispensable to developers and evaluators of next-generation Internet and communications technologies. Spirent plc (formerly Bowthorpe plc) owns all Spirent Communications brands. Spirent Communications' award winning hardware and software applications are used by more than 2,500 of the world's leading network and terminal equipment manufacturers, network service providers, corporate enterprises and test laboratories to verify and measure the performance and services of networks and communications devices. For more information on Spirent Communications or its products, visit the web site at www.spirentcom.com or call 1-800-927-2660.
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.