Press Release

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Announces On-Time Sampling of World's First Wireless Megabit Data Rate Integrated Circuit and System Software

Jul 9, 2001SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the on-time sample shipment of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM5500™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuit and system software, as well as the accompanying Subscriber Unit Reference (SURF™) development platform. The MSM5500 solution supports the industry-adopted 1x Evolution Data Only (1xEV-DO) standard, optimized for high-speed wireless data, which uses a spectrally efficient 1.25 megahertz (MHz) channel to provide a peak data rate of 2.4 megabits per second (Mbps) on the forward link.

"The on-time sampling of our MSM5500 integrated circuit, system software and SURF platform underlines our commitment to provide our customers solutions to meet their aggressive schedules," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our 1xEV-DO solution will give end users the same fast Internet browsing experience as a high-speed wired connection. Wireless equipment manufacturers and carriers are already working on products, applications and services that use the capabilities provided by our 1xEV-DO solution."

1xEV-DO provides the lowest cost-per-bit of any announced high-speed wireless technology, including General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Wideband CDMA (WCDMA), while supporting CDMA2000 1x and offering backward compatibility with existing IS-95A/B systems. The MSM5500 solution provides seamless inter-operability between CDMA2000 1x and 1xEV-DO systems.

QCT's MSM5500 solution supports the full feature set of the MSM5100™ solution, including features of the Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of technologies such as gpsOne™ position location capabilities with SnapTrack™ technology, Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities, Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), Removable Universal Identity Module (R-UIM) and multimedia capabilities 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. The MSM5500 device also supports the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform. The MSM5500 solution is designed to seamlessly interface with QCT's MSP1000™ application processor for terminals requiring MPEG-4 video decoding or a third-party operating system, or running other processing-intensive applications, such as games.

The MSM5500 solution offers receive diversity for the 1xEV-DO mode to increase data throughput, and is available in two packages:

  1. 0.8 mm 208-ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) production package with operating voltage of 2.5-3.0V. In this package, the receive diversity is multiplexed on the keypad and liquid crystal display (LCD) pins, which makes it pin-compatible with the MSM5100 device to enable rapid development.
  2. 0.8 mm 320-pin FBGA package, in which the diversity pins are dedicated. This package also includes support for Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM).

Production quantities of the MSM5500 solution are expected to be available in the third quarter of calendar 2001.

QCT, a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a developer and supplier of CDMA integrated circuits, hardware and software solutions, and tools, with 150 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 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.


Qualcomm, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM, MSM5500, MSM5100, SURF, Wireless Internet Launchpad, gpsOne, SnapTrack, Qtunes, CMX, MSP1000, 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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