ORLANDO, Fla. -- March 18, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced live voice and data calls using Qualcomm's radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (Zero IF) direct conversion technology. The demonstrations are being made during CTIA Wireless 2002, March 18 - 20, 2002, at the Orlando, Fl., Orange County Convention Center. Demonstrations can be seen at Qualcomm's booth (#846 Hall A2) throughout the convention. These calls represent the world's first public CDMA voice and data demonstrations using direct conversion technology on 3G CDMA2000 1X chipset solutions.
Over-the-air voice call demonstrations used the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM6000™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solution which includes the QCT RFL6000™, RFR6000™, RFT6100™ and PM6000™ chips. The MSM6000 chipset and system software supports tri-mode operation [cellular CDMA, Personal Communications Service (PCS) CDMA and Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS)].
3G CDMA2000 1X over-the-air data calls are being demonstrated using the QCT MSM6050™ chipset, featuring the QCT RFL6000, RFR6000, RFT6100 and PM6050™ chips, with a laptop as the display device. Supporting quad-mode operation (cellular CDMA, PCS CDMA, AMPS and gpsOne™ position location technology), the MSM6050 solution enables advanced multimedia applications such as streaming video and wireless Internet browsing at data rates of up to 153 kilobits per second (kbps).
"The CTIA radioOne direct-conversion RF demonstrations represent an important milestone in the wireless industry, both for CDMA and for future multimode, multiband devices," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Qualcomm is committed to continuing to bring to market the benefits of innovative technology to our customers, which in turn will provide consumers with cost-effective, feature-rich third-generation wireless handsets."
Compared to traditional super-heterodyne techniques, the radioOne Zero IF architecture reduces component count since there is no need for IF integrated circuits (ICs), IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters, or IF voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) - thereby reducing costs and printed circuit board (PCB) area. In addition, only one external ultra high frequency (UHF) single-band VCO is required for all CDMA frequency bands worldwide. Both UHF receive and transmit phase locked loops (PLLs), as well as the transmit VCO, are integrated on-chip. Phones and other wireless devices designed with the radioOne chipset also benefit from lower current consumption and the elimination of complex matching of RF components.
The QCT MSM6000 and MSM6050 chipsets and system software are the first solutions to support radioOne technology. They support the advanced features of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of technologies - which offers a rich mixture of multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and storage capabilities - as well as Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
Samples of the MSM6000 and MSM6050 solutions are scheduled to ship on time at the end of March 2002.
The radioOne technology will also be applied to future multimode, multiband QCT chipsets.
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.