SAN DIEGO -- February 18, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the first assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) position location sessions over live GSM communications networks using Qualcomm's MGP6200™ multimode GPS processor. The location calls, made in Europe and the United States in December 2002 over commercial-grade GSM wireless systems, used test mobiles that integrate the MGP6200 chip with Qualcomm's MSM6200™ wireless modem for GSM/GPRS/UMTS. Qualcomm's A-GPS technology, the world's most widely deployed precision location technology for mobile handsets, is not only enhancing public safety, but helping to reduce churn and boost wireless data revenues for carriers and services providers.
"The delivery of successful A-GPS operation on GSM networks, demonstrating high sensitivity and fast start times using the MGP6200 chip, represents the culmination of several years of SnapTrack's asynchronous A-GPS trials in Europe and demonstrates Qualcomm's end-to-end A-GPS solution for GSM," said Sanjay Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By offering a low-cost, high-performance multimode A-GPS solution that will work with Qualcomm's MSM chipsets or other GSM basebands, we will enable the mass-market deployment of advanced products and services that provide anytime, anywhere GPS capabilities for the entire GSM/GPRS/UMTS marketplace."
Examples of successful consumer and enterprise-oriented commercial precision location services, being supported in Japan and South Korea by Qualcomm A-GPS-enabled wireless devices, include about-town, personal navigation and friend-finder services, location-based games and entertainment, child-safety and enhanced roadside assistance services, sales force management, and asset tracking services.
The MGP6200 solution, which will work with any GSM baseband, enables high-performance A-GPS operation even under difficult conditions and provides this capability in three dynamic modes of operation: mobile-based GPS, mobile-assisted GPS and standalone GPS.
The MGP6200 provides all-terrain A-GPS operation without the need for Location Measurement Units (LMUs) or costly time-synchronization equipment required for GSM-based network triangulation. The solution is based on SnapTrack® patented A-GPS technology and has proved itself a leading catalyst for consumer adoption of wireless data services. A-GPS capabilities are implemented in handsets through Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) and MGP (Mobile GPS Processor) chipsets and system software, and in networks through SnapTrack's SnapSmart™ location server software. There are currently more than 10 million A-GPS-enabled handsets or terminals in use worldwide based on A-GPS technology from Qualcomm and SnapTrack.
SnapTrack test groups in Europe and North America, begun in 1999, proved that A-GPS could deliver excellent performance on GSM in a wide range of calling environments. Trials were first conducted with Spanish network operator Telefonica Moviles in Madrid, Spain. SnapTrack's system typically located callers from within five to 20 meters, even in challenging places such as dense urban canyons, inside buildings and in moving automobiles. Follow-up trials included pan-European roaming trials hosted by France Telecom, supporting wide-area coverage and roaming across networks in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and BeNeLux.Compatible with location standards worldwide, the MGP6200 solution supports A-GPS for GSM and GPRS, as well as UMTS (WCDMA), by integrating with Qualcomm's RGR6200™ GPS radio receiver and MSM6200 baseband chipset (or other members of the MSM6xxx family or conventional GSM/GPRS baseband chips). As a complete solution, these chips provide best-in-class GPS performance for GSM/GPRS and UMTS systems, enabling simultaneous GPS operation with GSM/GPRS/UMTS radio operation.
All members of the MSM6xxx family of baseband chipsets incorporate Qualcomm's radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture, which eliminates the need for Intermediate Frequency (IF) components, including large IF saw filters and additional IF circuitry. With radioOne technology, MSM6xxx baseband solutions require less printed-circuit-board area than previous-generation chipsets and reduce bill-of-material costs for dual-mode handsets. The MSM6xxx family also supports Qualcomm's Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality.
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. 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 A-GPS components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which A-GPS 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, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.