SAN DIEGO -- February 12, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the first nationwide launch in South Korea, beginning February 1, 2002, of gpsOne™-enabled wireless handsets and their associated position location service plans by KTF. The (n)Geleye service plan and its associated handset - powered by the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM3300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and gpsOne wireless Global Positioning System (GPS) location solution software - represent the first nationwide commercial position location system for wireless navigation available in South Korea through wireless networks.
"The launch of the first gpsOne-enabled handset and its associated services in Seoul by KTF heralds a new era in CDMA wireless technology, signifying the beginning of new position location-based applications, products and features that will become available to consumers throughout Korea," said Luis Pineda, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "KTF continues to prove its innovation in the South Korean marketplace by offering its customers advanced wireless handsets and services."
"KTF's new (n)Geleye service plans offer our customers state-of-the-art wireless communication and position location tools," said Kwang Sub Shin, business product development team leader of KTF. "QCT's MSM3300 chipset and application software solutions are integral to these new products, and we look forward to a continuing partnership with QCT as we continue to bring exciting new products and services to the Korean marketplace."
KTF's gpsOne-enabled (n)Geleye handset provides subscribers access to personal safety services that include Web-based tracking and Call Center services. The tracking service will provide the subscriber's location to within 50 meters in open areas, offering security for high-risk individuals such as children and the elderly. Users connect directly to a Call Center through their (n)Geleye handset, and can have several numbers "hot key" programmed into the phone by the subscriber.
The new KTF gpsOne-based service is being supported by NeoLink Technologies, Inc., a Korea-based company specialized in location-based services (LBS) technology development. NeoLink is Qualcomm/SnapTrack's local partner for commercial LBS platform development and deployment, and has integrated SnapTrack's patented technology into the NeoLink Position Location Service System (NPLSS ) LBS platform for use by KTF. NeoLink will also provide on-going technical support under a maintenance agreement with KTF.
The MSM3300 chipset is comprised of the MSM3300 CDMA baseband modem, the RFT3100™ analog baseband-to-RF upconverter, the IFR3300™ IF-to-baseband downconverter and the RFR3300™ RF-to-IF downconverter - the first front-end receiver in the industry to incorporate GPS capabilities in a CDMA chipset - along with the SURF3300™ development platform. QCT's gpsOne technology is integrated on the MSM3300 chip, which provides all of the position location capabilities without the need for additional chips, reducing board space and potential size of the handsets.
QCT's gpsOne solution, featuring SnapTrack™ technology, offers robust data availability under the most challenging conditions, whether in concrete-and-steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urban canyons. Using a hybrid approach that utilizes signals from both the GPS satellite constellation and from CDMA cell sites, the gpsOne solution enhances location services availability, accelerates the location determination process and provides better accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or while using GPS-enabled commercial applications. The gpsOne solution deployed by KTF is supported by SnapTrack's SnapSmart™ location server software, which provides the core position calculation function for KTF's service.
The MSM3300 solution also offers the highly integrated features of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software, that includes, in addition to the gpsOne position location solution, 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 support and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. The MSM3300 solution also supports Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
Founded in 1996, KTF began nationwide wireless services in South Korea in 1997 and by December 2001, had more than 9.6 million subscribers throughout South Korea. In late 2000, KTF became the first domestic firm in the PCS industry to register a surplus, with KRW 116 billion in net profits for the year. Through a merger with Korea Telecom M.com, KTF continues to expand its operations, which include a wide variety of specialized wireless Internet services.
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.