SAN DIEGO -- February 5, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MGP6200™ Multimode Global Positioning System (GPS) Processor and system software, providing industry-leading Wireless Assisted GPS™ capabilities. The MGP6200 solution supports the Third Generation Partnership Project Frequency Division Duplex mode of WCDMA, also known as Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), as well as GSM and General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) systems. Designed as a companion chip for the Company's MSM6200™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset, the MGP6200 solution uses the proven Assisted GPS fast-convolution hardware core and software algorithms from SnapTrack™, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, to provide significantly enhanced GPS signal sensitivity, fast start times, multipath mitigation, and power optimization, while minimizing positioning data traffic on wireless networks.
"The MGP6200 solution delivers unmatched Assisted GPS performance for the MSM6200 chipset, and represents an important milestone in our plans to bring highly integrated AGPS-based hybrid position location technology to the UMTS/GSM/GPRS marketplace," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Location services represent a rapidly expanding market, and the MGP6200 solution will enable handset manufacturers to roll out early devices for use in UMTS/GSM/GPRS systems that can support just about any location-based application, then move to our more integrated solutions as the market matures."
The MGP6200 solution enables high-performance AGPS operation anytime, anywhere - even indoors where conventional GPS does not operate - and provides this capability in three modes of operation: two AGPS modes (mobile-based and mobile-assisted) and standalone GPS operation. With three operating modes, the MGP6200 device supports a variety of location services, ranging from simple find-a-friend and security-oriented applications to more complex continuous navigation and tracking programs.
The appropriate MGP6200 AGPS mode of operation can be chosen to ensure high performance across this wide range of applications while minimizing communications bandwidth usage and battery drain. The MGP6200 device can also operate as a standalone GPS receiver, using its massively parallel processing capability to quickly produce a position report indoors or outdoors, even when not connected to the wireless network or when no position assistance data is available. The modes of operation for the MGP6200 solution are compatible with location standards worldwide and operate in an optimized, end-to-end system that ensures 100 percent compatibility with SnapTrack's SnapSmart™ location server software.
An MGP6200 chipset solution will be available inside a small, commercial-quality test phone from Qualcomm in fourth quarter of calendar 2002 to enable commercial trials by wireless operators.
The MSM6200 chipset and system software, Qualcomm's second generation of WCDMA/UMTS/GSM/GPRS MSM solutions, supports data rates of up to 384 kilobits per second (kbps), and is compatible with the Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software, including Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities, UMTS Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), and multimedia features such as Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software. In addition to offering these features, the MSM6200 chip supports Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
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.