NEW ORLEANS -- March 17, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Samsung Electronics, a global leader in telecommunication, semiconductor and digital convergence technology, today announced plans for Samsung to offer multimode GSM1x handsets. This marks the introduction of the first feature-rich multimode, multiband, GSM, GPRS and CDMA2000 1X handset that provides increased voice, data and global roaming capabilities, enabled by the MSM6300™ chipset solution and GSM1x technology solution.
By integrating Qualcomm's MSM6300 Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software with the GSM1x solution, Samsung will develop and deliver the world's first multimode, multiband GSM1x handset. The MSM6300, the first product to integrate the GSM and CDMA modems into a single chip solution, enables Samsung to design multimode handsets using previous single-mode form factors.
The multimode, multiband GSM1x handset will allow GSM subscribers to roam across GSM and CDMA2000 networks with one SIM subscription, providing world travelers with a true global roaming phone. Additionally, the GSM1x multimode handset will allow operators with both GSM and CDMA2000 networks to offer the benefits of CDMA2000 data and Launchpad applications to their GSM subscribers.
"Today's announcement of the first true world phone marks a milestone in satisfying operator and customer needs for a flexible, global roaming solution that is fully transparent to the user. The multimode, multiband technology supports a rich set of features on both GSM/GPRS and CDMA2000 networks," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Through support of GSM1x, this world phone provides new options for operators to economically provide the best service to their customers."
"Samsung is leading the wireless revolution and we believe that migrating toward a solution that fulfills the needs of our GSM and CDMA2000 customers is key for better mobile communications," said Mr. KiTae Lee, president of Telecommunication Network Business, Samsung. "We are excited to be working with Qualcomm to deliver a true global roaming solution that takes advantage of GSM1x technology."
GSM1x is a CDMA2000 solution for GSM operators in any band, as it combines the benefits of CDMA2000 1X and GSM-MAP. GSM1x takes full advantage of an operator's investment in its existing GSM-MAP network, maintaining all key features and services inherent in the system. The GSM1x handset accepts a GSM SIM card and communicates with the GSM-MAP core network. GSM1x will increase an operator's voice and data capacity while enabling a cost- effective overlay of CDMA2000 on a GSM network. The GSM1x solution facilitates both GSM and CDMA global roaming. For additional information, please visitwww.gsm1x.com.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 70,000 people in 88 offices in 47 countries. The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network Business, Device Solution Network Business, Telecommunication Network Business and Digital Appliance Network Business. For additional information about Samsung, please visitwww.samsungelectronics.com.
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 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.