SAN DIEGO -- May 8, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that more than one million gpsOne™-enabled devices are now in commercial use in Japan, South Korea and the United States. With major deployments on CDMA networks in Asia and the United States, Qualcomm's gpsOne technology is the world's most widely deployed personal location system for mobile phones.
The gpsOne capabilities are implemented in handsets through Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipsets and system software, and in networks through the SnapTrack™ SnapSmart™ location server software. Initial deployments of gpsOne specialized personal security devices began in Japan in April 2001, followed by commercial handsets in Japan, South Korea and the United States by the end of 2001.
"The ever-increasing worldwide demand for wireless position location technology and the deployment of gpsOne-enabled devices and services across multiple markets, have created new opportunities for manufacturers and operators," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The excellent position location capabilities offered by the gpsOne solution enable a wide variety of safety- and service-related applications that are both practical and important to consumers."
Major manufacturers serving carriers in Japan and South Korea are currently offering 15 different gpsOne position location-enabled handsets. A broad selection of location-based services is being offered by carriers, including child-safety and personal navigation applications, and friend-finder services. Several carriers in the United States are selling gpsOne-enabled phones to meet the Federal Communications Commission E911 wireless safety obligations, and may also choose to offer additional location-enabled services.
Qualcomm's 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 Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation and CDMA cell sites, the gpsOne solution enhances location services availability, expands terrain coverage, accelerates the location determination process and provides better accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or while using GPS-enabled commercial applications.
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 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.