SAN DIEGO -- January 24, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the rollout of the world's first integrated third-generation (3G) cdma2000 1x Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM) handset solution. Samples of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM5105™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuit and system software shipped in December 2000 and offer direct interface with the new 3G CDMA-compliant Schlumberger Simera Airflex™ smart cards, announced in June 2000. The demand for R-UIM smart card capabilities and services has been driven by Korean and Chinese network operators to allow their subscribers to roam across CDMA and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks. These roaming capabilities can lead to new mobile commerce smart card services.
"The MSM5105 system solution for R-UIM-enabled 3G handsets will provide manufacturers a cost-effective means to address CDMA and GSM roaming requirements for the Korean and Chinese markets, as well as future global markets," said Luis Pineda, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
"The implementation of Qualcomm's MSM5105 integrated circuit, complementing our Simera Airflex smart card, the world's first commercial application for the R-UIM, enables CDMA handset manufacturers to easily provide their customers with GSM network coverage when travelling," said Xavier Chanay, vice president of Mobile Communication Products for Schlumberger.
"The leadership that CDG member companies have taken in developing and rolling out CDMA solutions is once again demonstrated with the R-UIM system capability offered with the latest 3G products," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group. "The continued support of the R-UIM standard for 3G handsets will further help manufacturers make global roaming a reality, and support the drive for new 3G handsets offering advanced smart card services."
The R-UIM capabilities offered by these advanced products will provide new revenue opportunities for CDMA and GSM operators and enable them to provide new services for subscribers on both CDMA and GSM networks. With R-UIM capabilities, subscribers will have the flexibility of easy roaming on their handsets, maintaining private and secure access to all of their personal information, including network settings, privileges, preferences, phone books and more.
The sampling of QCT's MSM5105 integrated circuit, system software and Subscriber Unit Reference (SURF™) development platform, together with Schlumberger's Simera Airflex smart cards, will enable handset manufacturers to incorporate advanced smart card services into 3G CDMA handsets capable of supporting voice and 153 kilobits per second (kbps) high-speed packet data services that emerging 3G cdma2000 network deployments offer. This R-UIM solution will also be offered on future QCT cdma2000 1x integrated circuit and system software products.
The QCT R-UIM solution is designed to comply with the TIA/EIA/IS-820 specification developed by the Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2).
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, 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 integrated circuits 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 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.