SAN DIEGO -- November 6, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today praised the publication of third-generation (3G) CDMA 1xEV as an important enhancement of the cdma2000 standard of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Qualcomm's High Data Rate (HDR) technology is the basis for the 1xEV specification, now known as TIA/EIA/IS-856 "CDMA2000 High Rate Packet Data Air Interface Specification." The CDMA 1xEV specification was developed by the Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), a partnership consisting of five telecommunications standards bodies: CWTS in China, ARIB and TTC in Japan, TTA in Korea, and TIA in North America.
"Qualcomm congratulates the many involved 3GPP2 and TIA members and our own team for their significant and expedient efforts toward the acceptance of 1xEV as part of cdma2000," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm. "Companies from Asia, Europe and the United States worked together to complete the 1xEV standard in record time. The publication of this specification represents a remarkable achievement that crowns the development and test efforts performed over the past years. A growing number of manufacturers have taken licenses from Qualcomm for 1xEV. The publication of the specification allows these manufacturers to continue aggressively toward the completion of interoperable commercial products with the knowledge that 1xEV technology has been standardized."
1xEV provides the highest spectral efficiency of any mobile, wireless wide-area network in existence today, supporting peak data rates up to 2.4 Mbps in a standard 1.25 MHz frequency channel. Optimized for the Internet, 1xEV incorporates a flexible architecture based on standard Internet protocols extending fast, always-on Internet access to untethered users. 1xEV is compatible with cdmaOne( and cdma2000 networks, thus leveraging existing product designs and enabling service providers to obtain higher capacities and superior performance by optimizing voice and data spectrum separately.
Qualcomm will support the capabilities of 1xEV with chipset and system software solutions for device and infrastructure equipment. Qualcomm's device offerings provide manufacturers with the most advanced, feature-rich solutions available for high-speed wireless Internet services and support both the 1xRTT and the 1xEV modes of cdma2000. Chipset and system software samples are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2001 with production quantities expected in the third quarter of 2001.
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 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 24, 2000, and most recent Form 10-Q.