SAN DIEGO -- March 14, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the second generation of the Company's Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. In addition to the existing CMX 1.0 capabilities for MIDI-based music, text and graphics on wireless CDMA handsets, the CMX 2.0 software adds an animation player to support rapid movement of animated objects, characters, and logos on a wireless handset's liquid crystal display (LCD); QCELP® audio support for playback of songs and lyrics, as well as sound effects for games, advertisements, greeting cards and other wireless multimedia content; an improved MIDI wavetable synthesizer for higher quality music playback; and a faster still image decoder for full-screen color display.
"As demand from consumers for wireless multimedia capabilities increases, providing manufacturers with a dependable, low-cost solution becomes key to enabling faster time-to-market," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "That's exactly what QCT's CMX 2.0 software offers - as part of our complete Wireless Internet Launchpad suite of technologies, the CMX 2.0 software provides animation, MIDI sound synthesizer, audio, text and picture streaming solutions that will drive the deployment of state-of-the-art wireless multimedia services."
CMX 2.0 software represents a low-cost, fully integrated solution, and is designed for use with all members of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) family of Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuits and system software, and is a key component of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ software suite, which offers advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality to wireless handset manufacturers.
Millions of CMX-enabled phones have been sold since CMX was introduced in mid-2000. The CMX software solution has been adopted and supported by most major CDMA handset manufacturers. As with the original version, CMX 2.0 software uses a MIDI-based time coordination scheme to synchronize music, text and graphical data, providing a true multimedia environment for wireless handsets. CMX 2.0 software is highly flexible and, because it is decoder-independent with respect to graphic data, the CMX 2.0 solution can be easily integrated with a variety of graphic decoders and can be customized by the CDMA handset manufacturer to support a wide range of wireless multimedia services.
QCT's CMX 2.0 software solution, which is backward compatible with the CMX 1.0 software, is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of calendar 2001.
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 (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; the Binary Run-time Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications development platform; Eudora® e-mail software; 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, develop and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, to successfully develop and integrate software into its components, 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.