LAS VEGAS -- November 13, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the Computer Systems Group (CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and Ericsson Microelectronics, today announced the world's first over-the-air demonstration of a Bluetooth™ equipped laptop communicating wirelessly with a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) handset via a Bluetooth dial-up network. The demonstration at COMDEX/Fall will use Toshiba's Portégé® laptop, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) MSM3300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software featuring integrated Bluetooth baseband technology in a CDMA handset, and Ericsson Microelectronics' Bluetooth radio technology.
The Bluetooth solution is a short-range radio technology that provides a wireless link between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable devices, as well as easy wireless connectivity to the Internet. The event at COMDEX/Fall will consist of an over-the-air CDMA/Bluetooth demonstration of wireless Internet connectivity from Toshiba's Bluetooth equipped laptop to a Qualcomm MSM3300-enabled trial handset, enabling Web surfing from the laptop without the need for cables or wired connections of any type. The demonstration will take place during COMDEX at Toshiba's booth #5640 in LVCC.
"By combining the freedom of a wireless handset with the power of the world's first Bluetooth enabled notebook, Toshiba, Qualcomm and Ericsson are empowering people to unplug and enjoy easy wireless connectivity to the Internet," said Steve Andler, vice president of marketing, Toshiba CSG. "Bluetooth wireless technology is redefining how people work and play in the new millennium. As a leader in the mobile movement, Toshiba is delighted to work with two industry-renowned manufacturers to bring to life a world without wires."
"This cooperative effort between the world's largest laptop manufacturer, the leader in Bluetooth RF technology and the leader in CDMA technology solutions, represents another step forward in making the wireless Internet a reality," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The advantages of integrating Bluetooth wireless connectivity technology with CDMA -- combining the advanced multimedia capabilities of our MSM3300 chipset and system software with Bluetooth's ability to link a wide variety of devices wirelessly -- will dramatically alter the way consumers think about computing and communicating."
"As part of our extensive Bluetooth program, this is an important step in creating the era of the Mobile Internet," said Johan Tingsborg, vice president of Ericsson Microelectronics. "This cooperation between three industry leaders shows the strength of the Bluetooth wireless technology in the CDMA environment. With this achievement, Ericsson Microelectronics has demonstrated Bluetooth capabilities for all major cellular telephone technologies serving the global marketplace."
Leveraging its industry-leading strengths in mobility, Toshiba brings the freedom of integrated Bluetooth wireless technology for the first time to mobile computing. The first of its kind, Toshiba's Portégé utilizes this revolutionary wireless technology to easily connect to other laptops, handsets, printers, PDAs, digital cameras, network access points and other mobile devices, as well as the Internet or a LAN without the need for wires or cables. In August 2000, Toshiba shipped the world's first Bluetooth PC Card Solution. Equipped with Toshiba's SPANworks software, the new Bluetooth PC Card allows users up to 100 feet apart to share presentations, send instant messages, transfer documents instantly and exchange business cards automatically.
QCT's MSM3300 chipset and system software is the first wireless baseband solution that integrates Bluetooth capabilities, and represents the world's first multimedia-capable CDMA chipset. In addition to Bluetooth, the MSM3300 solution features the highest level of integration of multimedia features available for mobile phones of any standard, incorporating QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad(tm) suite of advanced technologies and software, including the gpsOne™ position-location solution featuring SnapTrack™ technology, CDMA Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) controller, 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. Sample shipments of the MSM3300 were released in August 2000, with production quantities expected to be available by the end of the year. In the future, any handset powered by Qualcomm's Bluetooth integrated chipsets and system software will be able to provide a complete wireless Internet connection to any Bluetooth-enabled laptop or other computing device.
Ericsson Microelectronics' Bluetooth Radio (PBA 31304) is a short-range microwave frequency radio transceiver designed primarily for the CDMA marketplace. This new design is the result of a product development effort based on the PBA 313 01, Ericsson's first Bluetooth radio transceiver originally introduced in April 1999. The PBA 31304 operates in the license-free, globally available 2.4 - 2.5 GHz ISM band, and needs only the addition of an antenna to create a complete radio solution.
About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
Toshiba continues to be the world's leading vendor for portable computers with 14.2 percent market share worldwide during the second quarter of 2000, according to International Data Corp. The company offers portable, desktop, projector and server computing solutions for business customers under the Toshiba brand name. For more information, call 1-800-TOSHIBA or visit the company's Web site at www.computers.toshiba.com. Dealer referrals and brochures are located at www.buy.toshiba.com.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion, Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. is comprised of six divisions, organized into two business groups, which manufacture, market and service a wide range of business and information-oriented products in the United States and Latin America. Products include portable and desktop computers, and PC servers; voice-mail systems; digital business telephone systems; interactive voice response systems; network systems and digital cameras. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America Inc., a subsidiary of the $52 billion Toshiba Corp., the eighth-largest computer and electronics company and the world's 26th largest industrial corporation in terms of sales. Toshiba Corp. is a world leader in high-technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.
About Ericsson Microelectronics
Ericsson Microelectronics is a supplier of world-class microelectronic components for wireless applications, broadband communications, fixed access and communications via fiberoptics as well as solutions for distributed power architectures. With its global design, development, manufacturing and sales network Ericsson Microelectronics is a leading supplier of technology solutions to meet the customer demand for increased speed, bandwidth and mobility. Please visit us at http://www.ericsson.com/microelectronics.
Ericsson is the leading communications supplier, combining innovation in mobility and Internet in creating the new era of mobile Internet. Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world.
About Qualcomm CDMA Technologies
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies 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 and Bluetooth technologies are 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.