SAN DIEGO -- October 26, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced a multi-million dollar agreement extending AirPrime Inc.'s CDMA license to encompass full subscriber unit rights. This amendment to AirPrime's existing modem card license provides AirPrime enhanced ability to deliver CDMA wireless access solutions that meet original equipment manufacturing (OEM) customer form factor, integration and cost requirements. Under the terms of the agreement, AirPrime is licensed to develop, manufacture and sell subscriber units for wireless CDMA applications based on current and third-generation (3G) CDMA technologies, including IS-95A/B, cdma2000 and 1xEV (HDR).
"As a subscriber unit licensee, AirPrime is in a position to provide CDMA-based wireless access solutions for a variety of device manufacturers and other emerging applications," said Steve Altman, president of Qualcomm Technology Alliances.
"With this expanded license, we can more tightly integrate our CDMA wireless WAN solutions with our customers' computing devices. AirPrime can be a one-stop-shop for OEM customers looking to integrate wireless access with almost anything they can imagine," stated Paul Sethy, CEO of AirPrime Inc.
At the PCIA tradeshow last September, AirPrime showcased its first OEM product platform, the SB1000 CDMA Springboard™ Module for Handspring™ Visor™ handheld computer. In addition, AirPrime and Flextronics (Nasdaq: FLEX) announced a high-volume manufacturing agreement for CDMA-based wireless access devices. AirPrime will exhibit at COMDEX (Booth L6626) Nov. 13-17 and will showcase its CDMA-based wireless access solutions and capabilities for the OEM market.
AirPrime Inc. is a leading supplier of high-speed, CDMA wireless access solutions to the OEM market. Under a CDMA subscriber license from Qualcomm, AirPrime is focused exclusively on providing the optimal current and next-generation wireless access products to OEMs for use in handheld devices, notebook PCs, and Internet appliances. AirPrime's wireless products will also be used in telemetry and emerging applications. A private, venture-backed company, AirPrime is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with additional development offices in San Diego, Calif. and a sales presence in existing and emerging markets around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.airprime.com.
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.