SAN DIEGO and KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- March 14, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the U.S. debut of the Company's Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software with the Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS) offering of Sprint PCS Ringers&Moresm service supported by the Sprint PCS Phone SCP-5150 by Sanyo.
On CMX-enabled handsets, Sprint PCS Ringers&More uses the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) CMX multimedia software to enable content partners to create ring tones that offer clear, high-quality music - from rock to country to movie theme songs. The ring tones can be assigned to individual callers, making identification of incoming calls from family and friends, or important business calls, as simple as naming the tune.
"Our CMX software offers an optimized platform from which to launch enhanced multimedia applications for wireless devices," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president, marketing and product management, for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Sprint PCS Ringers&More handsets and service represents merely the beginning of a multimedia revolution for wireless devices, a revolution that in the near future will provide users with unique entertainment capabilities, including advanced graphics and animation services."
"Sprint PCS Ringers&More provides the type of ring tone our customers look for to further personalize their Sprint PCS Phones," said Chip Novick, vice president of consumer marketing for Sprint's wireless division. "CMX enables Sprint to deliver the highest quality ringers in the United States. As Sprint launches its Third Generation Network, CMX technology will be used for animated screensavers, animated ringers and cartoon strips."
Ringers and images, as well as CMX-enabled wireless karaoke have been a huge success in Japan, with all Japanese CDMA handset manufacturers supporting CMX. Downloadable ringers are the third most popular service used by consumers in Japan - following voice communication and e-mail.
CMX software represents a low-cost, fully integrated solution and is designed for use with the QCT family of Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets and system software, including the MSM3xxx, MSM5xxx and MSM6xxx platforms.
Sprint is a global communications company serving more than 23 million business and residential customers in more than 70 countries. With 80,000-plus employees worldwide and more than $26 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state of the art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Sprint's award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone is being extended to key global markets to provide customers with a broad portfolio of scalable IP products. Sprint's high-capacity, high-speed network gives customers fast, dependable, non-stop access to the vast majority of the world's Internet content. Sprint also operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities.
For more information, visit the Sprint PCS Web site athttp://www.sprintpcs.com.
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 Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (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.