Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Announces 3G Multimode Solutions for Highly Integrated Global Roaming Handsets

Mar 20, 2001LAS VEGAS

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6500™ and MSM6600™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuit and system software solutions to support third-generation (3G) wireless technology. The MSM6500 solution supports cdma2000 1x, cdma2000 1x Evolution (1xEV) for high-speed data, supporting data rates of up to 2.4 Megabits per second (Mbps), and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and General Packet Radio Services (GPRS); the MSM6600 solution supports cdma2000 1x, Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) and GSM/GPRS, enabling true second-generation (2G) and 3G global roaming.

"The MSM6500 and MSM6600 solutions will allow handset manufacturers and carriers to customize their products to meet specific 3G customer requirements in all networks around the world," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our unique radioOne architecture and rich Wireless Internet Launchpad feature set, combined with the depth of our CDMA expertise, enables us to provide the most highly integrated and complete wireless integrated circuit solutions available in the market today. With our MSM6xxx family of integrated circuits, we are extending our integrated, global roaming-capable solutions to all major wireless standards."

Like all members of the MSM6xxx family of integrated circuits, these devices feature the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) radioOne™ direct RF-to-baseband conversion technology, which eliminates the need for large IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and additional IF circuitry. Eliminating these parts significantly reduces handset bill of materials (BOM), resulting in cost-effective multiband and multimode handsets that can be produced in smaller form factors.

The MSM6500 and MSM6600 integrated circuits and system software interface with the QCT Mobile Station Processor (MSP™) family of application processors for fast development of tightly integrated smart phone, automotive and other Internet appliances, providing support for a variety of applications, including streaming video using PacketVideo's PVPlayer™ MPEG-4 streaming media decoder.

The MSM6500 and MSM6600 solutions support QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, including:

  • gpsOne™ Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities, featuring SnapTrack™ technology for industry-leading position location accuracy and performance
  • Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities
  • Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software
  • Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software
  • Support for the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform

QCT's GSM/GPRS solutions support Phase 2+ of GSM and GPRS class 12 data services; WCDMA solutions meets the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) Release 99 mode, providing data rates of up to 384 kilobits per second (kbps); the MSM6500 and MSM6600 devices support cdma2000 1x, and provide data speeds of up to 307 kbps; the 1xEV solution supports data rates of up to 2.4 Mbps in the standard bandwidth 1.25 Megahertz (MHz) channel; 1x provides up to twice the voice capacity and an up to 50 percent increase in standby time over 2G.

Sampling of the MSM6500 and MSM6600 solutions is expected in 2003.

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 ( 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 and have manufactured significant quantities of components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA are 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.


Qualcomm, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM6500, MSM, MSM6600, MSM6300, radioOne, Wireless Internet Launchpad, gpsOne, SnapTrack, CMX, Qtunes, MSP, OmniExpress and BREW are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson, Sweden. PVPlayer is a trademark of PacketVideo Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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