CANNES, France -- February 19, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today presented its wireless technology solutions for the European marketplace at the annual 3GSM World Congress in Cannes. With the world's largest customer base of wireless device manufacturers, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), the chipset and system software group within Qualcomm, provided live-call UMTS and GSM demonstrations using the Company's chipset and system software-supported test mobiles. QCT also provided a technology demonstration of a Java J2ME solution executing on a Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) baseband device, and profiled its high-accuracy positioning capability, based on its proven wireless Assisted GPS™ solution from SnapTrack, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm.
The MSM5200™ single-mode baseband chipset and system software, used for the UMTS test mobiles, began sampling to device manufacturers in September 2001. Interoperability testing and verification using the UMTS test mobiles is now underway with a number of infrastructure manufacturers.
"With more than 10 years of CDMA expertise and our consistent on-time record of supplying tested and proven wireless products, QCT offers European operators and manufacturers complete UMTS solutions that will enable them to create an expanded portfolio of differentiated products and services," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "As the partner-of-choice for CDMA wireless operators and manufacturers worldwide, QCT is committed to developing, testing and deploying on-schedule UMTS solutions for our European partners, as well as providing a range of advanced wireless products to meet European market needs."
The MSM5200 baseband solution, as well as the recently announced MSM6200™ baseband solution and the MGP6200™ multimode GPS processor, provide a range of UMTS products that address the need for greater market segmentation. The MSM5200 and MSM6200 chips support the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) mode of WCDMA (UMTS), with data rates of up to 384 kilobits per second (kbps). The MSM6200 chip, a multimode single-chip solution, offers backward compatibility, supporting GSM and GPRS technologies, and features QCT's radioOne™ direct RF-to-baseband conversion technology, which eliminates the need for large IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and additional IF circuitry. Both of these chipsets support various features of the Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software, as well as Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW™) applications platform.
The MGP6200 solution, designed as a companion chip for the MSM6200 chipset, uses the proven Assisted GPS (AGPS) fast-convolution hardware core and software algorithms from SnapTrack. This solution will enable high-performance position location operation anytime, anywhere - even indoors where conventional GPS does not operate.
"QCT is working closely with operators and manufacturers in Europe to address the device, network, applications and segmentation requirements that 3G UMTS technology mandates," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for QCT. "Our goal is to supply the chipsets and system software that will enable our European partners to bring exciting new wireless products and services to market quickly and cost-effectively."
Sample shipments of QCT's MSM5200 chipset and system software are under way, with manufacturers designing products around the solution. Sample shipments of QCT's 6200 solution are expected in the third quarter of calendar 2002. 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.
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.