SAN DIEGO -- February 4, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the radioOne™ 6300 chipset, consisting of the RTR6300™, RFL6000™ and RFR6000™ direct conversion multimode chips. The radioOne 6300 solution offers a fully integrated radio transceiver/transmitter that bridges second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) technologies, operating on systems using Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), CDMA2000 and gpsOne™ position location technologies. Supporting GSM, Digital Communications System (DCS), cellular, Personal Communications Service (PCS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) bands, the radioOne 6300 chipset interfaces directly with the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM6300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) baseband processor.
"The radioOne 6300 chipset is the world's first true global roaming chipset," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "It will allow manufacturers to make multimode, multiband devices more cost-effectively and support carriers with handsets designed for the growing number of subscribers who wish to roam across CDMA and GSM networks."
The radioOne Zero Intermediate Frequency (Zero IF) architecture eliminates the need for IF components - including IF integrated circuits (ICs), IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and IF voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) - thereby reducing printed circuit board (PCB) area and Bill of Material (BOM) costs for future wireless handsets and other devices, enabling more cost-effective multimode, multiband handsets.
The RTR6300 chip provides an integrated GSM/GPRS transceiver for GSM and DCS bands. The GSM receivers consist of low noise amplifiers (LNAs), direct conversion mixers and filtering, while the GSM transmitters consist of an upconversion modulator and offset phase locked loop (PLL). Also integrated in the RTR6300 chip is a dual-band CDMA2000 1X transmitter for both cellular and PCS bands. The RTR6300 chip is fabricated with a silicon germanium (SiGe) bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) process, thus permitting high linearity and low power consumption, and is available in a 7X7 millimeter bump chip carrier 48 (BCC48++) package.
The CDMA2000 1X and gpsOne receiver functions are performed by the RFL6000 and RFR6000 chips. The RFL6000 LNA and the RFR6000 RF-to-receive-baseband converter, also fabricated with a SiGe BiCMOS process, and are available in 16BCC++ package for the RFL6000 device and a 40BCC++ package for the RFR6000. Both devices can be tuned to operate on all CDMA allocated frequencies worldwide.
The MSM6300 chipset and system software enables handset manufacturers to integrate 3G CDMA2000 1X and 2G GSM/GPRS service into a single handset. The MSM6300 solution supports Release A of the CDMA2000 1X standard, offering data rates of up to 307 kilobits per second (kbps) on both the forward and reverse links along with simultaneous voice and data services. The GSM and GPRS solution is Phase 2+ compliant, supporting class B, multislot class 8 data services with data rates of up to 40 kbps on the forward link. User identity is supported in both the removable user identification module (R-UIM) and subscriber identity module (SIM) standards, with an integrated R-UIM/SIM controller.
The MSM6300 solution is compatible with the Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software, including gpsOne™ position location technology, Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities, and multimedia features such as Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software support and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. In addition to offering these features, the MSM6300 chips support Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
Samples of the radioOne 6300 solution are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of calendar 2002.
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; QChat push-to-talk technology; 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 30, 2001 and most recent Form 10-Q.