Press Release

Qualcomm's MSM6100 3G CDMA2000 1X Solution Features Industry-Leading Integration of Advanced Multimedia Technologies

Apr 10, 2002SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced details about the MSM6100™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solution. The third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1X MSM6100 chipset and system software features radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture and the ARM926EJ-S™ core, which incorporates a low-power, high-performance 32-bit reduced instruction set computing (RISC) microprocessor and includes the ARM®Jazelle™ technology for Java™ acceleration.

Compliant with Interim Standard 2000 (IS-2000) Release A, and backward compatible with IS-95A/B Release 0, the MSM6100 solution incorporates the advanced feature set of Qualcomm's Wireless Internet Launchpad™ suite of technologies, integrated Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-4) video decoding/encoding, MPEG Layer-3 (MP3) audio decoding, a 2D/3D graphics accelerator for advanced gaming applications, a Compact Media Extension (CMX™)/Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) synthesizer, a digital camera interface, an enhanced liquid crystal display (LCD) interface, and fast Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) encoding/decoding.

The MSM6100 solution also integrates two low-power, high-performance QDSP4000™ Digital Signal Processor (DSP) cores and supports new, more cost-effective memory architectures. The QDSP4000 DSP eliminates the need for the multimedia companion processor(s) normally required for video-based applications, playing MP3 music files and MIDI synthesizer/CMX functions.

"The MSM6100 chipset and system software solution continues Qualcomm's leadership in driving the worldwide rollout of 3G solutions, enabling CDMA2000 1X operators to offer consumers new multimedia, games and other products and services," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT). "By delivering on our continued commitment to provide the most sophisticated wireless architectures, QCT is enabling rapid growth for next-generation CDMA wireless services."

The MSM6100 chipset and system software supports Qualcomm's gpsOne™ position location technology, including a standalone mode in which the handset can act as a GPS receiver, as well as the VectorOne™ compass interface. The gpsOne solution, featuring SnapTrack™ technology, offers robust data availability under the most challenging conditions, whether in concrete-and-steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urban canyons. Using a hybrid approach that utilizes signals from both the GPS satellite constellation and from CDMA cell sites, the gpsOne solution enhances location services availability, accelerates the location determination process and provides better accuracy for callers, during emergency situations or while using GPS-enabled commercial applications.

The recently announced BREWapi, an Application Programming Interface (API) for the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform that is available at no cost, will be included in the system software of the MSM6100 solution. The BREWapi will allow developers and handset manufacturers to create products that take advantage of the MSM6100 solution's advanced technology coupled with the BREWapi's open platform and flexibility.

The MSM6100 solution, along with the radioOne ZIF architecture, eliminates the need for IF components - including IF integrated circuits (ICs), IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and IF voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) - thereby reducing printed circuit board (PCB) area and Bill of Material (BOM) for future wireless handsets and other devices, which will enable more cost-effective multimode, multiband phones. The MSM6100 chipset is comprised of the RFL6000™ low-noise amplifier (LNA), the RFR6000™ RF-to-receive-baseband converter and the RFT6100™ transmit-baseband-to-RF converter, all of which are fabricated with a silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS process, thus permitting high linearity and low power consumption.

Sample shipments of the MSM6100 chipset and system software are expected to begin in the third quarter of calendar 2002.

The MSM6100 feature summary:


  • MSM6100 system solution consists of the MSM6100, RFL6000, RFR6000, RFT6100, PM6050™, DMSS system software and SURF6100™

  • Supports CDMA2000 1XRTT Release A and is backward compatible with Release 0, IS-95A/B

  • Support for up to 307 kilobits per second (kbps) turbo and convolution coding

  • High-performance ARM926EJ-S microprocessor core with memory management unit (MMU)

  • ARM Jazelle Java hardware acceleration for faster Java-based games and other applets

  • QDSP4000 high-performance DSP cores

  • Integrated MPEG-4 decoder/encoder for streaming Video-on-Demand (VOD) and video mail applications

  • Integrated JPEG decoder/encoder for camera-based applications

  • Integrated 2D/3D graphics accelerator engine for more realistic game play

  • Integrated Bluetooth™ baseband processor for wireless connectivity to peripherals

  • Integrated wideband stereo codec for digital audio applications

  • Direct interface support for the cost-effective low-voltage, high-performance memory

  • Direct interface with advanced color LCD controllers and displays

  • Direct interface to digital camera sensor

  • Advanced 0.5mm pitch packaging technology

  • Quad-Mode (CDMA cellular, CDMA PCS, gpsOne, AMPS cellular) operation

  • Voice Recognition (PureVoiceVR™), including speaker-independent digit dialing

  • Multimedia Card (MMC) support

  • Universal Serial Bus (USB)

  • Removable Universal Identity Module (R-UIM) card interface

  • BREWapi support


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 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 these components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which third-generation (3G) 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.
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