SAN DIEGO -- December 12, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced an amendment to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation's existing CDMA subscriber unit license agreement which expands the licenses under Qualcomm's CDMA patent portfolio to include the development, manufacture and sale of subscriber equipment for third-generation (3G) CDMA (i.e., cdma2000, WCDMA and TD-SCDMA) and 1xEV (HDR) subscriber products. Under the terms of the amendment, Mitsubishi will pay Qualcomm a multi-million dollar license fee and ongoing royalties at the same rates for 3G as those for cdmaOne™ equipment, irrespective of the licensed CDMA standard.
"Qualcomm is pleased to add Mitsubishi to the growing list of licensees that recognizes the value and significance of Qualcomm's CDMA patent portfolio in the development of third-generation voice and data communications," said Steve Altman, president of Qualcomm Technology Alliances. "We look forward to working with Mitsubishi as it makes significant contributions to the 3G CDMA market."
Qualcomm has essential patents for the WCDMA standard and has now licensed some or all of its essential patents to more than 30 companies to manufacture WCDMA equipment. Each licensed manufacturer has agreed to pay Qualcomm the same royalty for WCDMA as that licensed manufacturer is paying for other CDMA standards, including cdmaOne and cdma2000. Some of the companies now licensed to manufacture WCDMA equipment include Advantest, Agilent, Alps, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Glenayre Electronics, Handspring, Hitachi, Hyundai, Kyocera, LG, Lucent, Matsushita, Maxon, Motorola, NEC, Nortel, OKI, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Tektronix, Toshiba, Willtech and other Japanese and Korean licensees expected to be announced shortly.
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.