Press Release

Qualcomm Announces Strong Market Demand for Advanced Multimedia MSM6100 Chipset Solution

Mar 13, 2003SAN DIEGO

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SAN DIEGO -- March 13, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced strong customer demand for its latest full featured third-generation (3G) solution, the MSM6100™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software. The highly integrated 3G CDMA2000 1X multimedia solution supports the Launchpad suite of applications, enabling the development of sophisticated devices that provide high-quality stereo audio, high-resolution in-phone cameras, video recorder/players, 3D graphics for gaming, high-accuracy location tracking, as well as many other features.

Currently, a total of eight handset manufacturers, including Curitel, Kyocera, LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, Sharp Corporation, Syntertek and Toshiba, covering 22 separate planned device designs, have already begun to take receipt of shipments of the MSM6100 chipset solution in order to support rollouts of these new devices to consumers this year.

"We are pleased to see the level of excitement customers are expressing about the MSM6100 feature support for 3G CDMA2000 1X devices," said Sanjay Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The keen market interest in the industry's most fully featured single chip solution is a strong endorsement of our strategy to cost-effectively enable the design and development of sophisticated multimedia devices to support many new types of 3G services."

The MSM6100 chipset and system software incorporate the advanced feature set of Qualcomm's Launchpad suite of technologies, enabling digital camera phones with support for JPEG compression and a dedicated camera module interface. It provides streaming MPEG-4 video 15-frames-per-second decoding and enables the creation of video clip e-mail messages using the integrated real-time MPEG-4 15-frames-per-second encoding. The Launchpad suite also offers MPEG-4 AAC audio decoding, a 2D/3D graphics accelerator for advanced gaming applications, Compact Media Extension (CMX™) PC-quality MIDI synthesizer, Bluetooth™ capability to enable wireless connectivity between digital devices, MMC removable storage capability and a Java virtual machine with integrated Jazelle hardware acceleration.

In addition, the Launchpad suite of applications offers Qualcomm's gpsOne™ position location technology. The gpsOne solution, featuring SnapTrack® technology, uses a hybrid approach that utilizes signals from both the GPS satellite constellation and from CDMA cell sites, providing better accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or while using GPS-enabled commercial applications.

Like all members of the MSM6xxx family, the complete MSM6100 solution incorporates Qualcomm's radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture, which eliminates the need for Intermediate Frequency (IF) components, including large IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and additional IF circuitry. With radioOne technology, the MSM6100 solution requires less printed circuit board area than previous generation chipsets and reduces bill-of-material costs for dual-mode handsets.

The MSM6100 solution also supports Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) Application Programming Interface (API) - BREWapi™. With the BREWapi routines, protocols and tools, handset manufacturers and developers can develop embedded wireless applications and BREW-based products more quickly and easily.

Qualcomm Incorporated ( 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 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, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.


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