Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Unveils Details on MSM6xxx Family of Next- Generation Integrated Circuit Solutions

Mar 20, 2001LAS VEGAS

Qualcomm products mentioned within this press release are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced details on the Company's revolutionary new MSM6xxx family of CDMA Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuits and system software. Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) developed this family of products to support key multimode, multiband second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) wireless technologies, and to enable true wireless global roaming. All members of the MSM6xxx family of integrated circuits and system software feature QCT's new radioOne™ direct RF-to-baseband conversion technology, which cuts the total number of radio components in half, resulting in significant handset bill-of-materials (BOM) savings.

"QCT's new MSM6xxx family of integrated circuits and system software will enable an entire range of handsets that will easily allow manufacturers to address market-specific needs for a wide variety of product tiers, and to offer their customers new services and true global roaming capabilities," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Using our unique radioOne architecture, the MSM6xxx family of baseband and radio integrated circuits is the only solution in the industry to provide complete support for key multimode and multiband 2G and 3G technologies."

Each member of the MSM6xxx family:

  • Incorporates various features of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies, such as gpsOne™ position location capabilities featuring SnapTrack™ technology, Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities, UMTS Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), Removable Universal Identity Module (R-UIM) and multimedia features such as Qtunes™ audio decoders, including support for Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) Layer-3 (MP3), enabling high-quality music reproduction, and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) software for MIDI, text and graphics-based multimedia applications
  • Interfaces 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
  • Interfaces with QCT's radioOne Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) or direct conversion architecture, which converts incoming RF signals directly to or from baseband analog signals. This new technology eliminates the need for large IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and additional IF circuitry
  • Supports the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform

Each member of the MSM6xxx family addresses specific market requirements for price point, feature set and global roaming capabilities. The MSM6xxx family includes:

MSM6000™ solution, announced on March 12, 2001:

  • Optimized entry-priced 3G cdma2000 1x integrated circuit and system software
  • Optimizes handset BOM, offering equal or lower pricing of 3G cdma2000 1x handsets compared with standard GSM terminals
  • Optimized system solution, allowing manufacturers to rapidly design new entry-level handsets for the 3G market
  • Leverages significant traffic capacity benefits of cdma2000 versus GSM
  • Fully backward compatible with IS-95A/B
  • Optimized to support voice and basic data capabilities
  • Two-way Short Message Service (SMS)
  • Offers seamless migration path to 3G services and applications
  • Sample shipments expected in early calendar 2002, with production quantities expected in the second quarter of calendar 2002

MSM6050™ solution:

  • Mid-tier 3G cdma2000 1x integrated circuit and system software
  • Provides all of the features of QCT's MSM5105 with improved processing power, plus radioOne architecture, gpsOne position location capabilities and key Wireless Internet Launchpad multimedia features
  • Supports IS-2000, with up to 153 kilobits per second (kbps) in the forward link
  • New QDSP4000™ architecture supports vocoders and other audio and entertainment applications
  • Sample shipments expected in the first half of calendar 2002

MSM6100™ solution:

  • Full-featured 3G cdma2000 1x integrated circuit and system software
  • Provides all of the features of QCT's MSM5100 with improved processing power, plus radioOne architecture and advanced Wireless Internet Launchpad multimedia (e.g., Bluetooth, Multimedia Card (MMC), etc.) and position location features
  • Supports IS-2000, enabling data rates of up to 307 kbps on both the forward and reverse links, and simultaneous voice and data
  • New QDSP4000 architecture supports vocoders and other audio and entertainment applications
  • Java accelerator
  • Sample shipments expected in the second half of calendar 2002

MSM6200™ solution:

  • QCT's second-generation Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) integrated circuit and system software with GSM and GPRS
  • Supports data rates of up to 384 kbps
  • Sample shipments expected in the first half of calendar 2002

MSM6300™ solution:

  • Supports 3G cdma2000 1x and GSM/GPRS
  • Supports data rates up to 307 kbps
  • Sample shipments expected in the first half of calendar 2002

MSM6500™ solution:

  • Supports 3G cdma2000 1x; cdma2000 1xEV for high-speed data, supporting peak rate transmission speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second (Mbps); and GSM/GPRS
  • Sample shipments expected in 2003

MSM6600™ solution:

  • Supports 3G cdma2000 1x, WCDMA, and GSM/GPRS
  • Sample shipments 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 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, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM6000, MSM6050, MSM6100, MSM6200, MSM6300, MSM6500, MSM6600, MSM, radioOne, Wireless Internet Launchpad, gpsOne, SnapTrack, CMX, Qtunes, MSP, QDSP4000, 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.