Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Announces Entry-Priced Third Generation cdma2000 1x Integrated Circuit Solution

Mar 12, 2001SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6000™ solution, the first integrated circuit and software solution of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM6xxx Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) family using radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF), a direct conversion, architecture. The MSM6000 solution, including the radioOne RF components, enables handset Bill-of-Materials (BOM) manufacturing cost savings of more than US$10 per unit compared with today's lowest-end IS-95A/B handset BOM. The complete MSM6000 solution cuts the total number of radio components in half, shortens handset development and test times, simplifies RF calibration, and enables higher handset production yields. These features contribute to significantly reducing overall handset design and manufacturing costs as well as shortening time-to-market.

"The MSM6000 radioOne-based integrated circuit and system software will assist manufacturers in offering equal or lower pricing of third-generation cdma2000 1x handsets compared with standard GSM terminals, and delivers an optimized system solution to manufacturers, allowing them to rapidly design new entry level handsets for the 3G market," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "In addition to the low-cost of the MSM6000 handset itself, this solution leverages the significant traffic capacity benefits of cdma2000 verses GSM, providing system operators with even greater savings."

The MSM6000 solution is fully backward compatible with IS-95A/B, and is optimized to support voice and basic data capabilities while enabling cdma2000 network benefits, including a seamless migration path to 3G services and applications, and improved voice capacity in the cdma2000 network.

An entry-cost solution, the MSM6000 device significantly reduces radio BOM costs and improves handset standby-time up to 50 percent over IS-95A/B while still enabling standard multimedia features such as Compact Media Extension (CMX™) with MIDI sound synthesizer software, Voice Recognition and support for Removable Universal Identity Module (R-UIM) cards. This solution will allow manufacturers and operators to meet the needs of subscribers who require voice and basic data capabilities with the option to easily upgrade -- using the same network -- to higher-tier cdma 2000 handsets, features and services.

The MSM6000 solution supports two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS) applications and data rates of up to 14.4 kilobits per second (kbps), and is compliant with IS-2000 Release 0, which addresses key attributes of network voice capacity improvements and significantly extended standby times. The MSM6000 device is offered in a 208-ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) production package, enabling handset manufacturers to use the same radioOne architecture with a range of pin-compatible MSM6xxx series baseband chips to design handsets that address a variety of market tiers.

The MSM6000 optimized feature set includes:

  • Single-chip baseband solution, optimized for low cost
  • New radioOne RF architecture
  • cdma2000 1x, IS-95A/B CDMA air interfaces
  • 14.4 kbps data in both forward and reverse links
  • CMX multimedia support
  • R-UIM card interface
  • PureVoice VR™ voice recognition
  • Two-way SMS
  • 208-ball FBGA production package, compatible with the MSM6xxx family

Sample shipments of the MSM6000 solution are expected in early calendar 2002, with production quantities expected in the second quarter of calendar 2002.

QCT 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 ( 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; the Binary Run-time Environment for Wireless (BREW™) applications development platform; 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 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 MSM6000 components to achieve the above-described cost savings, the extent and speed to which cdma2000 1x technology is deployed and the MSM6000 integrated circuit is adopted by handset manufacturers, 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.


Qualcomm, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM6000, MSM, radioOne, CMX, PureVoice VR, SnapTrack, OmniExpress and BREW are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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