SAN DIEGO -- March 19, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced VectorOne™, an integrated hardware and software solution that provides directional information for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' (QCT) Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) family of integrated circuits, beginning with the MSM3300™ solution. VectorOne, a geomagnetic compass solution, is the latest addition to QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of technologies and will be supported by Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications development platform. AP One Systems Co., Ltd., Tokyo, a leader in precision electronic sensor technology, will be providing geomagnetic sensor solutions and supplying VectorOne devices for MSM-based handsets and other devices.
"We believe that this technology adds significant value to location-based services and will enable a new generation of consumer applications," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We are pleased to be including VectorOne as an integral part of our Wireless Internet Launchpad suite of technologies, which represents another example of QCT's leadership in providing consumers with technology that is revolutionary, advanced and practical."
"We are pleased to be working with Qualcomm to enhance its premiere platform for integrated position location services," said Yasuhiro Tamura, chairman and chief technical officer of AP One Systems. "VectorOne significantly increases the variety and capabilities of the position location applications that wireless carriers will be able to offer consumers."
Many new wireless applications and services that are based on the location of the handset are expected to be offered soon. With the addition of VectorOne technology, users will be able to simply point their phones to determine what direction to follow to find places of interest or businesses on a map, or to find friends or other participants in location-based games.
The VectorOne solution offers a direct system bus interface to QCT's family of MSM integrated circuits, which will enable the most efficient and seamless use with QCT's gpsOne™ position location technologies. VectorOne is one of the most accurate and power-efficient geomagnetic compass solutions on the market, making it particularly well suited for wireless devices.
QCT's MSM3300 integrated circuit solution with VectorOne capabilities is expected to be integrated into consumer products in Japan by the fourth quarter of calendar 2001, and in other worldwide markets in 2002.
AP One Systems Co., Ltd., based in Tokyo, Japan, develops and manufactures precision pressure and magnetic sensors for robotics, mobile telecommunications and security applications. AP One's revolutionary process technology, combined with proprietary calibration software, has created 'intelligent' hybrid sensors for directional, motion and environmental measurements that are unparalleled in package size, sensitivity and accuracy. AP One's family of precision magnetic sensors (AM/AT Series) delivers unlimited possibilities for location-based applications in mobile telecommunications platforms.
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; the Binary Runtime 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, integrate the above-referenced technologies into product offerings 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.