SAN DIEGO -- October 9, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that more than 43 designs for third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X handsets and PC cards currently are being implemented by Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) customers worldwide. Initial deployment of these products - based on the QCT MSM5105™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software, a second-generation CDMA2000 1X solution - is expected in North America by the end of this calendar year. Derivatives of these products are also planned for 3G CDMA2000 1X deployments in Latin America, China, Australia, India and Asia over the next 12 months.
"The rapid rollout of MSM5105-based handsets exemplifies our close working relationships with operators and manufacturers worldwide," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By working closely with our partners in North America and around the world, we have ensured that the feature sets and applications supported by the MSM5105 solution meet the development and production requirements of handset manufacturers and the growing 3G services planned by CDMA2000 1X network operators. QCT provides complete solutions that address the widely segmented market needs for 3G voice and data products and their associated services."
The MSM5105 chipset and system software solution, QCT's mid-tier product in its 3G CDMA2000 1X MSM product portfolio, supports CDMA2000 1X at a maximum of 153 kilobits per second (kbps) for forward link. The MSM5105 was developed specifically to provide handset manufacturers and operators with the most cost-effective 3G CDMA2000 1X solutions for network deployments.
The MSM5105 solution is based on the industry-proven IS-95 MSM3100™ chipset architecture, and is fully pin-compatible with MSM3100-based IS-95A/B designs to allow manufacturers to rapidly convert to CDMA2000 1X-based solutions. The MSM5105 3G chipset products offer network operators up to twice the voice capacity of IS-95A/B chipsets, as well as enabling QCT Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite features, including Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia services; Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM) interface; streaming video; file transmission; and Web browsing. The MSM5105 solution also supports Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
Initially, the MSM5105 chipset solutions are targeted for markets in the United States, Latin America, India and China, which need cost-optimized as well as higher-end, feature-rich CDMA2000 handsets. Leading North American, Korean, Chinese and Japanese CDMA handset manufacturers are in advanced product development to support these markets. Innovative products with form factors ranging from phones and PCMCIA cards to embedded modules are being developed to support the traditional handset market, and the emerging data markets enabled by 3G CDMA2000.
QCT (www.cdmatech.com), a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, 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 chipsets 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.