SAN DIEGO and TOKYO -- August 1, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced an agreement with Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., (maker of Panasonic products) allowing for the deployment of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) Compact Media Extension (CMX™) software solution for Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia in Matsushita's wireless devices. With the endorsement by Panasonic of CMX, all major Japanese CDMA handset manufacturers have now licensed QCT's CMX software for use in phones designed for Japanese CDMA networks.
"QCT is extremely proud that Panasonic has joined forces with other leading Japanese handset suppliers in selecting CMX as one of the key platforms for delivery of advanced wireless Internet services," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Japan has always been a leader in the delivery of wireless multimedia, and as the marketplace continues to demand sophisticated services, QCT will help ensure that Japanese manufacturers maintain their competitive edge."
"We are pleased to be able to work with Qualcomm in the rollout of advanced wireless Internet services," said Osamu Waki, director and member of the board of Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd. "Through Qualcomm's support of the software and firmware within the chips, as well as the continued evolution of their software, it has been very easy for us to respond to the needs of our customer base in a competitive fashion."
CMX software supports simultaneous playback of MIDI-based music, audio, text and graphics on wireless CDMA handsets, as well as offering an animation player to support rapid movement of animated objects, characters and logos on a wireless handset's liquid crystal display (LCD); QCELP® audio support for playback of songs and lyrics, as well as sound effects for games, advertisements, greeting cards and other wireless multimedia content; an improved MIDI wavetable synthesizer for higher quality music playback; and a fast still-image decoder for full-screen color display.
CMX software represents a low-cost, fully integrated solution, and is designed for use with all members of the QCT family of Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuits and system software. It is a key component of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ software suite, which offers advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality to wireless handset manufacturers, and is compatible with Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic-brand products, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of mobile phones for the global market. The Company's contributions to the mobile communications industry include 3G wireless infrastructure products, information platforms and terminal products for mobile multimedia. It is also working with other leading mobile communication manufacturers on the Symbian project, whose goal is to develop an operating system for mobile information terminals. For more information about Panasonic's mobile communications, visit their website at www.mci.panasonic.co.jp/english.
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 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.