ORLANDO, Fla. -- March 18, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the demonstration of wireless Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) voice calls during CTIA Wireless 2002, March 18-20, 2002, at the Orlando, Florida, Orange County Convention Center. Demonstrations can be seen at Qualcomm's booth (#846 Hall A2) throughout the convention. The wireless GSM voice calls use a dual WCDMA/GSM chipset in a GSM form factor handset. GSM represents a key backward-compatibility component of the MSM6200™ and MSM6300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) multimode solutions.
"Qualcomm is the only company that has publicly demonstrated complete CDMA2000 1X, GSM and WCDMA/UMTS solutions," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "This demonstration verifies our ability to address world markets with our MSM solutions and provide operators with seamless roaming between second-generation and third-generation networks."
The MSM6200 chipset and system software, the Company's second-generation of WCDMA integrated circuits, is a single-chip multimode solution that supports the Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) mode of WCDMA/UMTS as well as GSM and General Packet Radio Services (GPRS). For WCDMA/UMTS, the MSM6200 supports data rates of up to 384 kilobits per second (kbps), as well as Phase 2+ of GSM and GPRS class 12 data services.
The MSM6300 solution supports 3G CDMA2000 1X and GSM/GPRS, enabling global roaming for carriers that have deployed CDMA2000 systems or are currently providing 2G GSM/GPRS service. For CDMA2000 1X, the MSM6300 complies with Release A of the Third-Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2), and supports data speeds of up to 307 kbps.
Like all members of the MSM6xxx family of integrated circuits, the MSM6200 and MSM6300 chipsets feature the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) radioOne™ direct RF-to-baseband conversion technology, which eliminates the need for large IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and additional IF circuitry. Eliminating these parts significantly reduces handset bill of materials (BOM), resulting in cost-effective multiband and multimode handsets that can be produced in smaller form factors.
The MSM6200 and MSM6300 solutions also support QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, including Bluetooth™ connectivity capabilities, Qtv™ video player software, JPEG decoder/encoder software for camera-based applications, Qtunes™ Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software, and Compact Media Extension (CMX™) Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. These solutions provide support for the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
Samples of the MSM6200 and MSM6300 solutions are expected to be available during the third quarter of calendar 2002.
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.