SAN DIEGO -- October 26, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), developer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the CSM5500™ Cell Site Modem (CSM™) chipset and system software, a high-capacity and high-speed solution that supports the new 1x Evolution (1xEV) standard, capable of supporting peak rate transmission speeds of up to 2.4 megabits per second (Mbps) for wireless data communications. The CSM5500 solution offers wireless infrastructure operators the most advanced, feature-rich solution available for high-speed wireless Internet services.
The 1xEV standard evolved from Qualcomm's development of High Data Rate (HDR) technology. 1xEV uses a spectrally efficient 1.25 MHz channel to provide a peak rate data throughput of 2.4 Mbps on the forward link. This technology will provide the lowest cost per bit of any existing technology for wireless high-speed data transmission.
"Our CSM5500 cell site modem once again demonstrates Qualcomm's commitment to providing proven, end-to-end solutions for infrastructure operators," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The CSM5500 solution, with its high-capacity and high-speed wireless data capabilities, supports the delivery of the full spectrum of wireless Internet functionality to the broad consumer market. This includes streaming video and other multimedia content that is available today in practical terms only over fixed networks."
The CSM5500 device is an end-to-end tested 1xEV solution that is verified against Qualcomm's MSM5500™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) 1xEV chipset, and is a pin-compatible replacement for the existing Qualcomm 1xEV field-trial chipset, offering substantial cost and power savings. Each CSM5500 device can operate in one of three modes: modulator, demodulator or decoder, and when implemented in Qualcomm's current 1xEV modem architecture, provides support for three sectors with up to 32 users per sector. The CSM5500 comes with a full set of reference notes, designs and software to reduce product development time and equipment cost, encourage consistency between infrastructure implementations, and leverage existing CSM expertise and design knowledge.
Samples of the CSM5500 chipsets and system software are expected to be available during the second quarter of 2001, with production quantities expected during the third quarter of 2001.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) is a 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 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.