SAN DIEGO -- March 1, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. has selected Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) MSM5200™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuit and system software solution for SANYO handsets to meet the IMT-2000 Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) mode for the third-generation (3G) Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS). SANYO selected the MSM5200 solution based on collaboration between SANYO and QCT, QCT's proven track record and the chip's rich feature set, which includes the Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software.
"The highly integrated feature set of the MSM5200 integrated circuit and system software will allow us to easily develop a full-featured WCDMA handset, just as QCT's other solutions enable us to offer our customers full-featured cdmaOne™ and cdma2000 handsets," said Eiji Kotobuki, vice president, Multimedia Company general manager, Personal Telecommunication Division of SANYO. "In addition to broadening our existing CDMA product line to include WCDMA, we will be able to incorporate many of the existing applications from our other CDMA handsets into our new WCDMA handsets. QCT and SANYO have been working closely to further enhance those applications."
"We are very excited to be working with SANYO, who once again has selected QCT's proven CDMA technology to meet the rapidly changing needs of the wireless marketplace," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "QCT's MSM5200 solution will enable SANYO to develop feature-rich handsets that will offer their customers the most advanced 3G technologies and capabilities available, and do so in a manner that is both timely and efficient."
The MSM5200 solution supports data rates of 384 kbps and is based on QCT's system expertise and proven commercially available products. The MSM5200 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 solution 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.
The combination of features offered by the MSM5200 solution will allow manufacturers to develop a wide range of feature-rich products for wireless multimedia applications - from standard voice-and-data handsets to smart phones that include voice, data, multimedia and organizer capabilities - quickly, securely and cost efficiently.
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global leader in multimedia&mobile communications. The company's businesses cover a broad range of multimedia&information system, home appliances, commercial and industrial equipment, electronic devices, batteries and other products. SANYO's net sales in fiscal year 2000, concluded in March 31, 2000, amounted to 1,940,378 million yen (US$18,305,453). The SANYO group is truly an international organization, consisting of 151 affiliates employing about 120,000 personnel globally.
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 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 CDMA integrated circuits and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® e-mail software; digital cinema systems; satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™ and the BREW™ applications platform. 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 100 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.