SAN DIEGO -- August 14, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, together with SchlumbergerSema, leader in smart card technology, and Samsung Telecommunications America Inc. (Samsung), a world leader in electronics, today announced the successful demonstration of a removable user identity module (R-UIM) solution. The QCT-SchlumbergerSema-Samsung demonstration of the ability to roam across CDMA and GSM networks was performed at the recent 3G World Congress in Hong Kong.
The demonstration used a Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) with an integrated R-UIM interface and R-UIM Simera Airflex™ system by SchlumbergerSema in a Samsung handset. This solution supports roaming services and smart-card capabilities across CDMA and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks. The end-to-end system provides CDMA 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. This system solution will make 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.
"The incorporation of QCT's integrated circuit and system software with the SchlumbergerSema Simera Airflex card in Samsung's CDMA handsets for the Chinese market clearly demonstrates how industry-leading system providers can collaborate to rapidly deliver solutions for a key market," said Luis Pineda, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "These solutions can now be adopted to roll out R-UIM-enabled handsets using our MSM products and SchlumbergerSema smart cards as CDMA network operators begin to specify this feature for their wireless devices."
"Samsung is very proud to have demonstrated our R-UIM-enabled handset at the CDMA Development Group's 3G World Congress," said Kim HyunJoo, R&D manager of mobile communications for Samsung. "The system solutions from QCT and SchlumbergerSema, designed to meet the market requirements in China and Korea allowed us to achieve significant time-to-market advantages to roll out a validated R-UIM solution."
The Samsung R-UIM-enabled phone, based on the company's SCH-A399(RFC) handset, used QCT's MSM3100™ IS-95A/B integrated circuit and system software with integrated R-UIM interface to operate with the SchlumbergerSema Simera Airflex R-UIM card. This model was built and targeted for the Chinese and Korean markets where the demand for R-UIM capabilities is growing. This demonstration was a major milestone for device manufacturers in rolling out solutions for key Asian operators who see the R-UIM card as an important requirement for IS-95 and CDMA2000 1X handsets.
The joint engineering development of IS-820 R-UIM solutions from QCT and SchlumbergerSema began in February 2000 and provides the wireless industry with end-to-end solutions for CDMA handset partners for the rollout of R-UIM-enabled handsets for global roaming.
Earlier this year, QCT and SchlumbergerSema shipped the world's first CDMA2000 1X R-UIM system solution for the Simera Airflex and QCT's MSM5105™ and MSM5100™ integrated circuits for handset development. R-UIM capabilities are also under development for integration in the MSM5500™ and subsequent MSM6xxx CDMA2000 1X integrated circuits. In addition, SchlumbergerSema has delivered test cards to multiple manufacturers and operators in China, Japan, Korea and the United States for handset development and field trials.
SchlumbergerSema is a leading information technology services company providing IT consulting, systems integration, managed services, products and IP network security solutions serving the telecommunications, utility, finance, transport, oil and gas and public sector markets. With more than 30,000 employees in 130 countries, SchlumbergerSema is one of two business segments of Schlumberger Limited, a global technology services company. Schlumberger Limited acquired Sema plc in April 2001. In 2000, Schlumberger revenue was $9.6 billion and Sema plc revenue was $2.4 billion. Additional information is available at www.slb.com.
Samsung Telecommunications America, Inc. a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, researches, develops and markets telecommunications and data communications systems and products throughout North America. STA has four main business groups: Wireless Systems, Wireless Terminals, Networks and Business Communications. For more information visit Samsung's Website at www.samsungtelecom.com. Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., a $22.8 billion flagship company of the Korean-based Samsung Group, is a world leader in electronics, which operates in more than 60 countries.
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.