SAN DIEGO - May 9, 2001 - Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced an amendment to Matsushita Communication Industrial Co. Ltd.'s existing CDMA subscriber unit license agreement. Under the terms of the multi-million dollar, royalty-bearing amendment, Qualcomm has granted Matsushita Communication a license that expands its existing licenses under Qualcomm's CDMA patent portfolio to include a license to develop, manufacture and sell third-generation (3G) CDMA (cdma2000 1x/1xEV, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA) infrastructure equipment in Japan and China; to design and market CDMA modem card products for second-generation (2G) and 3G CDMA wireless applications worldwide; and to design and market test equipment for 2G and 3G CDMA applications worldwide. Matsushita Communication will pay Qualcomm ongoing royalties at the same rates, irrespective of the licensed CDMA standard implemented.
"Qualcomm is pleased to expand Matsushita Communication's license to include additional second and third-generation wireless voice and data solutions," said Steve Altman, president of Qualcomm Technology Alliances. "Qualcomm has essential patents for all the 3G CDMA standards and has now licensed some or all of its essential patents to more than 100 companies worldwide for the manufacture and sale of 3G products, including WCDMA, CDMA2000 or TD-SCDMA. We look forward to Matsushita Communication's contributions to the rapidly growing wireless industry."
Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd. is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment, data processing and measurement equipment, professional audio/visual equipment and automotive electronics. The Company is a principal subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), one of the world's foremost producers of electronics and electronic products for consumer, business and industrial use. Its principal brand names are Panasonic, National, Technics and Quasar. For more information on Matsushita Electric and Panasonic, visit the Company's Web site at:www.panasonic.com.
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 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 2001 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.