SAN DIEGO -- January 16, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced a new gpsOne™ mobile-based product feature for position location related applications and services. The new feature for the Company's gpsOne Wireless Assisted GPS™ (WAG) positioning system enables position location calculations directly in the mobile device (i.e., a mobile phone, wireless PDA or child safety tag) in addition to supporting positioning fixes performed by a location server, as in earlier gpsOne releases. The gpsOne mobile-based positioning feature maintains the advantages of WAG (a form of Assisted Global Positioning System, or A-GPS technology) while optimizing support for wireless applications such as navigation, telematics, health and personal security, and real-time asset tracking services. SnapSmart™ location server software, a product of SnapTrack™, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Qualcomm, and Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) software releases supporting gpsOne mobile-based positioning are expected to be available before June 2002.
gpsOne, the industry leading WAG solution by Qualcomm, integrates SnapTrack technology with GPS satellite and CDMA network information to provide a high-availability solution that offers proven industry-leading accuracy and performance - both indoors and out. The gpsOne solution provides the world's most cost-effective, high-availability solution for wireless position location technology in a mobile handset and meets the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate requiring wireless operators to provide the location of 911 calls.
An end-to-end network-based gpsOne solution is commercially available today from Qualcomm and licensed distributors, and includes the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM3300™ and MSM5100™ chipsets with fully integrated gpsOne technology for CDMA IS-95 and IS-2000 standards, and SnapTrack's SnapSmart location server software. QCT has also announced its multimode MSM6xxx family of chips, selected members of which will feature integrated gpsOne technology. The MSM6xxx family will offer wireless solutions for CDMA2000 1X/1xEV, Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Wideband CDMA (WCDMA).
The gpsOne solution, enhanced by the mobile-based mode, is fully compatible with SnapTrack's SnapSmart location server software and will enable a broad range of position location services, including personal navigation information, mobile yellow pages directories, traffic reports and commercial tracking services, as well as entertainment applications including mobile games and friend-finder services.
Headquartered in Campbell, California, SnapTrack pioneered WAG and owns patents that are fundamental to the cost-effective deployment of WAG-based location systems. SnapTrack's Hybrid WAG architecture offers anytime, anywhere, accurate high-speed position location capabilities for finding a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate. The Company's WAG products include the SnapSmart location server software system, the SnapCore™ multimode GPS solution and the SnapWARN™ GPS reference data feed service. SnapTrack has commercial agreements with major wireless chipset manufacturers that provide most of the wireless modem chipsets to the industry. In addition, many major carriers have chosen to deploy products and services incorporating SnapTrack technology. For more information, please visit http://www.snaptrack.com.
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 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 but not limited to express or implied statements regarding the development and availability of certain products) that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully complete the design and development of the SnapSmart server software, the Company's ability to 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 30, 2001, and most recent Form 10-Q.