SAN DIEGO -- October 11, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced production shipment of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM5100™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software. There are currently more than 50 products in development by manufacturers worldwide, with initial launches anticipated by the end of the year. The MSM5100 solution allows manufacturers to develop state-of-the-art third-generation (3G) handsets that feature the highest level of integration and the most complete set of position location, multimedia and other advanced features available in the wireless industry.
"The MSM5100 solution is designed to address 3G requirements of carriers worldwide," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We are proud to see the strong and widespread market acceptance of CDMA2000 1X technology using the MSM5100 chipset and system software solution, which brings to market its accurate position location and advanced multimedia features."
The MSM5100 chipset and system software is pin-compatible with the proven MSM3300™ chipset, decreasing time-to-market for handset manufacturers, and is designed with the flexibility to support global CDMA2000 1X market requirements and operator deployment strategies. Combining Wireless Internet Launchpad™ applications with 3G CDMA2000 1X technology, the MSM5100 solution delivers the highest level of system integration for 3G handsets. The MSM5100 chipset and system software solution supports the CDMA2000 Release 0 specification. The MSM5100 chipset is also capable of supporting up to 307 kilobits per second (kbps) in the forward link. Combining the high packet data capability with a rich set of applications - including gpsOne™ position location support, Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software, Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software and Java - the MSM5100 solution will drive the rollout of many new and differentiated devices to support the rapid growth of exciting new 3G services from operators worldwide. For the North America market, the MSM5100 system solution also supports the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enhanced 911 (E911) mandate to provide emergency services to a growing subscriber base during 2002.
In addition to QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad suite, the MSM5100 solution supports Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform, and enables low-cost implementation of Bluetooth™ connectivity by integrating a qualified Bluetooth baseband processor and software stack supporting the Bluetooth 1.1 specification.
The gpsOne solution, which integrates SnapTrack™ technology with Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite and network information, provides a high-availability solution that offers industry-leading accuracy and performance. The gpsOne solution will provide the world's most available and cost-effective solution for wireless position location technology in a mobile handset for CDMA cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) networks, and will meet the FCC mandate requiring wireless operators to provide the location of 911 calls. The MSM5100 solution will also enable a broad range of future 3G GPS-related software and services, including navigation information, area-specific weather forecasts, traffic reports and commercial tracking services, as well as a broad range of entertainment applications, including online chat and bulletin boards.
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.