LAS VEGAS -- March 20, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6200™ and MSM6300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuit and system software solutions to support second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) standards. The MSM6200 solution supports the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) mode of WCDMA as well as Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and General Packet Radio Services (GPRS). The MSM6300 solution supports 3G cdma2000 1x and GSM/GPRS, enabling global roaming for carriers that have deployed cdma2000 systems or are currently providing 2G GSM/GPRS service.
"The integration of GSM and GPRS into the MSM6xxx family represents a natural evolution of our product line, building on QCT's extensive CDMA expertise to develop multimode solutions that address the emerging worldwide market," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our highly integrated radioOne and baseband architecture, coupled with complete software solutions for wireless modems, Internet protocols and features will allow handset manufacturers to quickly deliver cost-effective multimode products."
Like all members of the MSM6xxx family of integrated circuits, the MSM6200 and MSM6300 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 MSM6200 and MSM6300 solutions support QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, including Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities, Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software, and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. These solutions provide support for the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
"The MSM6200 and MSM6300 solutions enable the design of highly integrated and optimized WCDMA and cdma2000 1x multimode handsets, maximizing standby and talk times and offering the advanced features provided by the Wireless Internet Launchpad suite of technologies," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "With the full support of the Wireless Internet Launchpad suite across multimodes, these solutions provide carriers with the opportunity to differentiate their 3G services and offer their subscribers a wide variety of state-of-the-art features and applications."
QCT's GSM/GPRS solutions support Phase 2+ of GSM and GPRS class 12 data services; the MSM6200 solution meets the FDD Release 99 mode, providing data rates of up to 384 kilobits per second (kbps); and the MSM6300 solution supports cdma2000, providing data speeds of up to 307 kbps.
The MSM6200 and MSM6300 interfaces directly to QCT's 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.
Sample shipments of QCT's MSM6200 and MSM6300 solutions are expected in the first half of calendar 2002.
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 standard 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 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.