Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the introduction of new multimedia capabilities that will be supported on the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM6xxx Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) family of third-generation (3G) multimode, multiband radioOne™-based chipsets. Multimedia enhancements included in this suite include:
- New releases of Compact Media Extension (CMX™) software that will support up to 48 polyphonic voices at close to audio CD sampling rates, customized consumer authoring tool based on vector graphics technology, and performance enhancements and hardware cost savings delivered via software
- Fast Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) graphics encoder and decoder for display of graphic and still-video images
- QCT's Qtv™ Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG-4) streaming video decoder for viewing full motion video as well as MPEG-4 encoder for camcorder-phone applications
- 2D sprite and 3D graphics acceleration engine for enhanced wireless gaming
"The MSM6xxx platform provides an excellent foundation for the introduction and evolution of these sophisticated multimedia applications," said Mark Frankel, senior director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "From superior audio quality for MIDI-based content to creating customized personal greetings to viewing full-motion video to allowing consumers to play some of the most popular games on their handsets - the MSM6xxx family is the most highly integrated and cost-effective 3G handset platform available, enabling new wireless applications as well as providing compatibility with the desktop environment."
The MSM6xxx family of chipsets, which bridges 3G and 2G standards with multimode, multiband capabilities, will feature these new multimedia capabilities and offer a variety of other advanced technologies, including QCT's revolutionary radioOne direct RF-to-baseband conversion technology, which cuts the total number of radio components in half, and various features of QCT's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of advanced technologies. The MSM6xxx family also supports Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform.
Specific features of the advanced new multimedia capabilities for the MSM6xxx family of chipsets will be rolled out with the release of individual chipsets and system software, beginning with the MSM6050™ solution, samples of which are expected to ship by the end of March 2002. In addition, JPEG functionality will be made available on the MSM5100™ and MSM5500™ chipsets, and is expected to be available for those chips in the second 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, which incorporate the afore-referenced enhancements, 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.