SAN DIEGO -- November 8, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), developer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the introduction of the MSM5200™ single-chip Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) and system software, part of a complete solution which meets the IMT-2000 Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) mode for the third-generation (3G) Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS). The MSM5200 solution, developed using Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) proven CDMA technology platform, supports 3G services and high-data-rate features.
"Qualcomm is committed to meeting 3G standards requirements by extending our CDMA, wireless Internet and multimedia expertise to the emerging WCDMA market," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The MSM5200 solution will enable manufacturers and carriers worldwide to focus on product and service differentiation while gaining time-to-market and cost efficiencies."
The MSM5200 solution supports 384 kilobit per second (kbps) data as defined in the User Equipment (UE) Reference Capability, and is based on QCT's system expertise and proven, commercially available products. The MSM5200 solution offers the integrated features of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software, including SnapTrack™ position-location technology, Bluetooth connectivity capabilities, UMTS Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), and multimedia features such as Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software support and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. The MSM5200 chip is also capable of interfacing to QCT's Mobile Station Processor (MSP™) microprocessor family which is designed to perform the functions associated with personal digital assistant (PDA) applications, including support for streaming video using the MPEG-4 format.
The combination of features offered by the MSM5200 solution will allow manufacturers to develop a wide range of feature-rich products for wireless multimedia applications -- from standard voice-and-data handsets to smart phones that include voice, data, multimedia and organizer capabilities -- quickly, securely and cost efficiently.
"The MSM5200 solution represents a direct, evolutionary development of QCT's previous chipsets, and manufacturers who have been using our existing CDMA offerings will be able to keep development time for WCDMA products to a minimum," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Because we offer a complete solution with end-to-end technology, chipsets, system software, rich feature sets and support, new manufacturers will also be able to launch WCDMA products rapidly."
The MSM5200 chipset and system software sample shipments are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2001.
QCT is a developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions, and tools, with more than 118 million cumulative shipments of MSM chips 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; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. Qualcomm owns patents that 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.