Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Reveals Third-Generation MSM Solutions for cdma2000 1x

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 MSM6050™ and MSM6100™ integrated circuits and system software, the latest members of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM6xxx family of Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solutions that interface directly with radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF), or a direct conversion architecture. The MSM6050 and MSM6100 devices follow the recently announced MSM6000™ entry-priced device, and offer handset manufacturers mid- and high-tier solutions, respectively, for the third-generation (3G) cdma2000 1x CDMA wireless market.

"The MSM6050 and MSM6100 integrated circuits and system software deliver optimized system solutions to our manufacturing customers that will allow them to provide advanced, feature-rich handsets addressing a variety of CDMA markets and subscriber needs," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Complementing the entry-priced MSM6000 integrated circuit and planned multimode, multiband devices, QCT's MSM6050 and MSM6100 products are part of a complete solution that will provide handset manufacturers with an entire range of integrated circuits and system software that will allow them to easily tailor their 3G cdma2000 products to a rapidly segmenting market."

Leveraging the system benefits of multiband radio design, the MSM6050 and MSM6100 devices will support acceleration of advanced 3G features and services in CDMA product offerings and cdma2000 commercial deployments. The MSM6050 and MSM6100 devices will help manufacturers significantly reduce their system bill of materials (BOM), improve standby and talk time performance, and enable cdma2000 network benefits, including a seamless migration path to 3G services and applications, and improved voice and data capacity in the cdma2000 network.

The MSM6050 and MSM6100 solutions, along with the radioOne architecture, will reduce the number of radio components by 50 percent, which will shorten handset development and test times, simplify RF calibration and enable higher handset production yields.

With the increasing importance of position location services for 3G networks and the requirements to meet the North American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E9-1-1 safety mandate, QCT is integrating its next-generation low-cost optimized gpsOne™ position location technology into the MSM6050 and MSM6100 solutions, enabling lower BOM handset solutions for gpsOne handsets. By offering a system solution that provides higher performance and is more cost-effective than competing solutions, QCT will enable handset manufacturers and network operators to roll out a large variety of safety services and other position location applications to an increasing number of cdma2000 subscribers.

The MSM6050 and MSM6100 devices will provide interface support for new, advanced high-density Flash memory, resulting in significant savings in overall BOM costs for handset manufacturers while significantly increasing system performance.

MSM6050 solution includes:

  • Revolutionary radioOne architecture
  • gpsOne position location capabilities
  • IS-2000 support, offering data rates of up to 153 kbps on the forward link
  • Tri-Mode (CDMA cellular, CDMA PCS, AMPS cellular)
  • EVRC, 13K QCELP®
  • Advanced Voice Recognition (PureVoiceVR), including speaker-independent digit dialing
  • Compact Media Extension (CMX™) multimedia software
  • Qtunes™ audio decoder
  • Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) Layer-3 (MP3) support
  • Standard Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) ringer
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB)
  • Removable Universal Identity Module (R-UIM) card interface
  • Integrated wideband mono voice codec
  • 1.8 V/3.0V low-voltage memory interface
  • Page Mode FLASH support
  • Support for the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform

In addition to features offered in the MSM6050 device, QCT's high-tier MSM6100 device supports:

  • Integrated Bluetooth™ baseband processor
  • IS-2000 support, offering data rates of up to 307 kbps on forward and reverse links simultaneously
  • Support for Selectable Mode Vocoder (SMV)
  • Integrated Java accelerator
  • Multimedia Card (MMC)

Both the MSM6050 and MSM6100 devices are available in a pin-compatible 208 Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) production package. Pin-compatibility allows handset manufacturers to reuse design resources and proven radio solutions over a wide range of cdma2000 models, as well as leveraging the system benefits to roll out higher performance multiband, tri-mode handsets.

Sample shipment of the MSM6050 solution is expected in the first half of 2002, with the MSM6100 solution expected in the second half of 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 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 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 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.


Qualcomm, QCELP, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM6050, MSM6100, MSM6000, MSM, radioOne, Wireless Internet Launchpad, gpsOne, SnapTrack, Qtunes, CMX, 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. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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