SAN DIEGO -- November 28, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), developer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced sample shipment of the RFR3300™, a radio frequency to intermediate frequency (RF-to-IF) front-end receiver designed for cellular, personal communications service (PCS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) signal processing. The RFR3300 device is the first front-end receiver in the industry to integrate GPS capability with CDMA, and is Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) most highly integrated receiver to date.
The integration of a GPS receiver into a CDMA/AMPS receiver eliminates the need for an extra stand-alone GPS RF receiver. Together with Qualcomm's MSM3300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and IFR3300™ baseband receiver, the RFR3300 device offers the most cost-effective and high-performance solution for position-location-enabled dual-band (PCS CDMA and AMPS) or tri-mode (cell CDMA, AMPS and PCS CDMA) phones using Qualcomm's gpsOne™ position location solution featuring SnapTrack™ technology. The gpsOne solution addresses the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E9-1-1 Phase II requirements, and offers industry-leading availability and accuracy under the most challenging conditions, including concrete-and-steel high-rises, shopping centers and urban canyons. To date, over 30 U.S. wireless carriers have declared that they will use GPS-based solutions to meet their E9-1-1 Phase II requirements.
"The RFR3300 front-end receiver, with its integrated gpsOne technology, will allow manufacturers to quickly and easily develop small-form-factor handsets that provide advanced position location capabilities," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The RFR3300 device provides the most cost-effective CDMA solution available for position-location-enabled wireless handsets, and equips manufacturers to provide their customers with a wide variety of value-added position-related services as well as increased security and safety features."
Qualcomm's RFR3300 device, a silicon germanium (SiGe) BiMOS radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) that provides high linearity with very low power consumption, integrates dual-band low noise amplifiers (LNAs) and mixers for downconverting from RF to CDMA and FM IF, and contains a dedicated LNA and mixer designed for downconvertingGPS signals from RF to IF. The RFR3300 receiver operates in the 832 MHz-894 MHz cellular band, 1840 MHz-1990 MHz PCS band and 1575 MHz GPS band. The RFR3300 device meets cascaded Noise Figure (NF) and Third-Order Intercept Point (IIP3) requirements of IS-98 and JSTD-018 for sensitivity, and two-tone intermodulation. The RFR3300 solution is also designed to meet the stringent sensitivity requirements for GPS-based position location technology.
The cellular LNA in the RFR3300 device offers gain control capability for improving dynamic range and performance in the presence of high levels of interference. Reducing the gain in the LNA also improves power consumption. Band selection and gain modes are controlled directly from the MSM3300 chip. The RFR3300 device is designed for use with voltage ranges from 2.7 V to 3.15 V, and is available in a 5 millimeter by 5 millimeter 32-pin BCC++ plastic package.
The gpsOne and SnapTrack Wireless Assisted GPS™ system improves upon conventional GPS by combining information from GPS satellites and from CDMA-based wireless networks to pinpoint a wireless handset. While traditional GPS receivers may take several minutes to provide a location fix, the gpsOne and SnapTrack system generally locates callers within a few seconds. The unique SnapTrack Location on Demand™ feature also ensures a caller's privacy, giving mobile phone users control over their own location information.
Complementing the RFR3300 solution is QCT's MSM3300 single-chip baseband processor modem and system software, which provides the highest level of integration of multimedia features available for mobile phones, and will enable the design of a new generation of CDMA handsets and data devices with rich feature sets and industry-leading performance. The MSM3300 solution provides exciting new technologies, including the gpsOne position-location solution and Bluetooth, as well as 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.
RFR3300 sample shipments have begun, with production quantities expected in the first 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.