Press Release

Qualcomm Introduces Technology to Enhance Aviation Safety Services

Oct 29, 2001SAN DIEGO

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SAN DIEGO -- October 29, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today successfully demonstrated a set of aviation safety solutions using the Globalstar™ Satellite Communications System and onboard hardware incorporating CDMA technology. The MDSS Globalstar Communications System (MDSS), developed by Qualcomm through the Globalstar System, offers unique capabilities for enabling aviation safety services by providing high-speed (up to 128 kbps), high-quality digital voice and data communications.

The Globalstar System's two-way communications capability allows access to and from ground services, private networks, Web sites and e-mail. Through the Globalstar pipeline, Qualcomm's technology can support potential aviation safety applications, including real-time video and audio monitoring of aircraft cabins and cockpits; an Air Traffic Control service to alert aviation authorities of emergency situations, allowing ground support teams to rapidly assess and respond to crisis situations; remote control of onboard aircraft cameras; transmission of real-time aircraft flight data to the ground; on-the-ground access to and possible automated real-time monitoring of flight data and cockpit voice recorders; dedicated voice communications for Air Marshals to the cockpit and ground; in-flight emergency safety and medical services; and back-up transponders with aircraft identification, altitude, speed and location information.

"This demonstration affirms Qualcomm's commitment to timely and useful technological innovation," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm Incorporated. "Qualcomm began working on this technology for consumer use approximately two years ago. It became apparent that the critical need was for a solution to enhance aviation security, safety and passenger care. The technology, equipment and infrastructure are available today and it is possible to develop a wide range of applications - from remote diagnostics for medical usage to streaming video of cockpit and cabin activity."

"It is the broad reach of the Globalstar System and CDMA's efficient use of bandwidth that enable these high-speed data applications to be developed," said Scott Becker, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Wireless Systems. "The MDSS is a cost-effective, easily installed solution for delivering significant data bandwidth to aircraft."

In the final stages of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, the MDSS features include:

  • Up to 128 kbps packet data now with extension to 600 kbps under study
  • Voice, data and video capabilities
  • Small, lightweight (less than 50 pounds)
  • FAA-approved antenna suitable for all aircraft (9.5"L x 3.75"W x 1.7"H and less than two pounds)
  • Rugged design allows for operation inside and outside of pressurized vessel

  • Meets all existing Federal Communications Commission requirements

Today's flight demonstration showcased the MDSS installed and integrated on a Challenger 604 with an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) pending. High-speed, bi-directional voice and data applications demonstrated included live video streaming from cabin and cockpit to ground, video of cabin in co-pilot display, position location of aircraft, real-time Doppler weather downloaded on co-pilot display, e-mail, instant messaging and voice calls.

The Globalstar System has continued to operate successfully since its commercial launch in 1999. The Globalstar System is made up of 48 low-earth-orbiting satellites and a network of ground stations. The system provides low-cost mobile telephony and data communications services across vast reaches of the globe that are currently underserved or unserved by terrestrial communications systems, such as cellular and wireline phone systems. Globalstar offers the highest data rate (9600 bps per channel) of any mobile satellite telephone system, and is the only satellite-based system to use Qualcomm's CDMA technology, assuring high signal clarity and security.
Qualcomm Incorporated ( 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 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 (including without limitation, express and/or implied statements regarding the availability of applications for the MDSS and the potential for FAA Certification) that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and develop MDSS equipment, the extent to which applications are developed for MDSS, the extent and speed to which MDSS 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.


Qualcomm, OmniTRACS, OmniExpress and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. BREW is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.