SAN DIEGO -- January 11, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the on-time sample shipping of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM5105™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuit and system software, optimized for the third-generation (3G) cdma2000 1x mode of IMT-2000. The MSM5105 integrated circuit and system software provides manufacturers the most cost-effective and performance-optimized MSM and Radio Frequency (RF) solution available for 3G cdma2000 1x handsets and wireless devices. This 1x capability provides network operators with up to two times the voice capacity for 3G cdma2000 1x networks compared to IS-95A/B solutions.
"QCT developed the MSM5105 integrated circuit and system software solution to meet the needs of wireless operators and handset manufacturers for a highly optimized and cost-effective 3G cdma2000 1x solution," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Leveraged from our proven, industry-leading IS-95A/B solutions, the MSM5105 device enables manufacturers and operators to provide their customers with state-of-the-art 3G wireless devices and services in an easy, efficient upward migration path."
QCT's MSM5105 solution supports up to 153 kilobits per second (kbps) in the forward link, which will allow operators to introduce a new class of next-generation services. An MSM5105-based 3G 1x handset with an interface to a personal computer (PC) can support applications such as video streaming, file transfers, Web browsing, voice recognition and QCT's Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. Using the proven technology of QCT's IS-95A/B architecture to provide a fast upward migration path to 3G 1x, the MSM5105 integrated circuit is pin-compatible with QCT's MSM3100™ solution. To provide low-risk deployments for 1x capabilities, the MSM5105 solution uses the proven 1x cores and functionality of the MSM5000™ solution, which offers a stable handset development platform.
Sample shipments of the MSM5105 integrated circuit and system software began in December 2000. The first consumer products incorporating the MSM5105 solution are expected to be commercially available in the middle of calendar 2001.
QCT, a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a developer and supplier of CDMA integrated circuits, 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 integrated circuits 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 integrated circuits 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.