SAN DIEGO -- July 30, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced an agreement with Gemplus Corp. (Nasdaq: GEMP), a world-leading provider of smart card-based solutions, to roll out hardware and software system solutions to ensure that cdmaOne™ and CDMA2000 1x handset manufacturers can support complete removable user identity module (R-UIM) capabilities designed around the Gemplus GemXplore™ WORLD product.
Targeted for the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) family of cdmaOne and CDMA2000 1x integrated circuits, including the MSM5105™, MSM5100™, MSM5500™ integrated circuits and subsequent MSM6xxx CDMA2000 1x integrated circuits, the Gemplus R-UIM solution will support roaming services and value-added service capabilities across cdmaOne and CDMA2000 1x and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks. Ensuring qualification for functionality and interoperability based on the IS-820 CDMA SIM card standard, QCT's R-UIM solutions can be rolled out to interoperate around Gemplus's R-UIM smart card products and will enable operators to launch a suite of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card-based, value-added services and roaming capabilities to their subscribers. This system offering provides cdmaOne and CDMA2000 1x handset manufacturers with a comprehensive solution that allows a subscriber's identity to be stored in a single removable card - a capability that is mandatory for the Chinese wireless market - making global roaming to countries using different frequencies or across CDMA or GSM networks easier by allowing subscribers to exchange handsets while using the same card to maintain all of their personal information, including network settings, privileges, preferences, phone books and more.
"Rolling out qualified R-UIM system solutions for Gemplus R-UIM smart cards on our MSM products will significantly accelerate the development of R-UIM-enabled handsets by manufacturers requiring flexibility in their smart card-based products," said Luis Pineda, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "As CDMA2000 1x networks are deployed worldwide, especially across Asia, operators can now put into place agreements and services to allow R-UIM roaming of their subscribers across CDMA and GSM networks."
"Collaborating with Qualcomm, the driving force on cdmaOne and CDMA2000 1x system solutions, will allow Gemplus to extend its smart card solutions for handset manufacturers and operators to a wider subscriber base as CDMA accelerates its deployment across Asia," said Gary Wang, managing director for Gemplus CDMA business. "We look forward to working together with handset manufacturers and operators to deliver these complete system solutions around Gemplus' GemXplore WORLD smart cards and Qualcomm's MSM integrated circuits."
GEMPLUS: the world's number one provider of solutions empowered by Smart Cards (Gartner Dataquest 2001). Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized solutions that bring security and convenience to people's lives. These include mobile Internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce and a wealth of other applications. Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation. Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the Nasdaq Stock Market® as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2000 was 1.205 Billion Euros. It employs more than 7000 people throughout the world. Gemplus: Your Passport to the Digital Age™, www.gemplus.com
QCT, a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a developer and supplier of CDMA integrated circuits, hardware and software solutions, and tools, with 163 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 (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.