SAN DIEGO -- February 27, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the commercial launch of version 2.1 of the Company's Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. Designed for use with the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM3300™ and MSM5100™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) baseband chipsets, CMX 2.1 software incorporates Faith, Inc.'s Compact MIDI Wavetable, which provides exceptional sound quality as well as smaller file sizes than standard MIDI ringers. The software also incorporates a Simple Animation Format (SAF) player from NeoMtel Co., Ltd, which enables a more robust multimedia experience through the animation of portable network graphics (PNG) files.
CMX 2.1 software - currently being incorporated into Japanese handsets designed by Kyocera and Toshiba, among others - enables a wide variety of enhanced wireless multimedia applications, including more than 30 sites for downloading content such as ringers, karaoke, greeting cards and horoscopes consisting of MIDI music, speech and sound effects, as well as animation and screen savers.
"The CMX 2.1 software solution provides a robust multimedia experience for consumers by enabling speech, sound effects and animation on their handsets," said Mark Frankel, senior director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By expanding a content provider's ability to mix sounds with MIDI music and animation on the consumer's LCD screen, CMX 2.1 software aids creativity and enhances the marketability of multimedia applications and products."
"We are extremely excited that our partnership with Qualcomm enables us to deliver high-quality polyphonic ringers to the marketplace," said Shuichi Takeda, technical marketing manager of Faith, Inc. "Ringers are becoming more customized each day, while providing a richer personal experience and more fun."
"We are truly excited about the inclusion of our graphic player within Qualcomm's CMX software," said Dong Heon Lee, CEO of Neomtel Co., Ltd. "We believe this capability offers content providers the ability to create exciting and robust animated content, making for a much richer multimedia experience."
"CMX 2.1 software brings a new element to the multimedia experience," said Kazuhiro Iwabuchi, general manager, Mobile Communications Equipment Engineering Division, Communication System Group of Kyocera. "What were formerly static graphical images now take on life with the animation component this new software from Qualcomm enables."
"QCT's CMX 2.1 software offers the enhanced audio quality improvements that our customers desire," said Tooru Yamasaki, marketing, KDDI Sales Department, Mobile Communications Company of Toshiba. "Using the CMX 2.1 solution, we have incorporated ringers with sound effects and are very pleased with the unique and creative applications being generated in the marketplace that incorporate the enhanced features this software offers."
CMX 2.1 software takes advantage of the larger digital signal processors (DSPs) on QCT's MSM3300 and MSM5100 baseband solutions to support greater clarity and a more realistic representation for MIDI musical instruments. The MSM3300 and MSM5100 chipsets also offer the highly integrated features of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies and software that, in addition to the CMX multimedia software, includes the gpsOne™ position location solution, Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities, UMTS Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), and other multimedia features such as Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software support. The MSM3300 and MSM5100 solutions also support Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform. Future releases of CMX software will take advantage of the advanced hardware features being built into QCT's MSM6xxx family of chipsets, which among other new features will provide significantly higher music sound quality, increased polyphony and faster animation effects.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's DMA 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.