SAN DIEGO -- February 16, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the RFT5200 baseband-to-RF (radio frequency) transmit processor and RFR5200 RF-to-baseband receive processor integrated circuit, part of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) complete Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) solution - including the MSM5200™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™), PA5200™ power amplifier (PA) module, PM1000™ power management device and the SURF5200™ Subscriber Unit Reference development platform - that meets the IMT-2000 WCDMA mode for the third-generation (3G) Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS).
"As part of QCT's complete WCDMA handset solution, the RFR/RFT5200 integrated circuit provides manufacturers with a cost-effective, highly integrated radio solution incorporating GPS capabilities using minimum circuitry," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
Designed for single-band IMT-2000 WCDMA applications, the RFT5200 baseband-to-RF transmit processor performs all transmit (Tx) signal processing functions required between QCT's MSM5200 and the power amplifier (PA) for WCDMA. The RFT5200 incorporates complete Tx path functionality with 3G WCDMA capability to offer an advanced single-chip WCDMA Tx solution that features unmatched savings in board area and significantly shortens development cycle time.
The RFT5200 device connects directly to the MSM5200 modem utilizing an analog baseband interface, which is upconverted to the IMT-2000 frequency band with the required output power to drive the power amplifier. The RFT5200 device will offer the most integrated WCDMA transmit solution available and includes an IF mixer, a programmable Tx IF PLL and IF VCO, upconversion from IF to RF, two IMT-2000 driver amplifiers, and Tx power control through an 85 dB variable gain amplifier - all in an ultra-small 32-pad bump chip carrier (BCC++) plastic package.
RFT5200 operating modes are controlled by the MSM5200 chip and include selective power-down, gain control, and punctured WCDMA transmission (gated Tx power) for optimal power savings and talk-time improvement.
The RFR5200 device, fabricated on an advanced silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS process, which enables low-noise and high-linearity, is a fully integrated RF-to-baseband receiver-on-a-chip, performing all receive (Rx) signal processing functions on WCDMA signals in the IMT-2000 band, from the antenna to QCT's MSM5200. In addition, the RFR5200 device includes the receiver to support GPS mode of operation. The RFR5200 device leverages and combines previous RFR3300 and IFR3300 circuit designs, extending RF performance into the IMT band and adding on-chip Local Oscillator (LO) functionality that enables simplified frequency plans. These simplifications shorten radio development time and reduce handset material costs.
The RFR5200 device includes a receive front-end, which integrates two separate Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) and mixer paths for downconverting the received IMT-2000 band WCDMA signal to IF and for downconverting the GPS signals. The RFR5200 device will offer the most integrated WCDMA receive solution available and includes UHF LO distribution circuits, two IF AGC amplifiers, IF mixer downconverter and VCO, and in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) baseband filters all within a 48-pad bump chip carrier (BCC++) plastic package. RFR5200 gain modes, as well as selective power-down modes which permit optimized power savings and extended standby time performance, are controlled directly from the MSM5200 device.
Using QCT's RFT5200 and RFR5200 - together with QCT's PA5200 and MSM5200 chips - a complete implementation for 3GPP UE Radio Transmission and Reception compliant handsets with GPS position location capability is realized with minimum circuitry.
Qualcomm expects to begin sample shipping of the RFT5200 and RFR5200 to customers in the third calendar quarter of 2001. Production quantities are expected to be available in the fourth calendar quarter of 2001.
The 5200 family solution offers the integrated features of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software, including SnapTrack™ position-location technology, Bluetooth connectivity capabilities, UMTS Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), 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. The MSM5200 chip is also capable of interfacing to QCT's Mobile Station Processor (MSP™) microprocessor family which is designed to perform the functions associated with personal digital assistant (PDA) applications, including support for streaming video using PacketVideo's PVPlayer™ MPEG-4 streaming media decoder.
QCT, a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a developer and supplier of CDMA integrated circuits, hardware and software solutions, and tools, with more than 133 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 CDMA integrated circuits and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® e-mail 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 95 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.