Press Release

Qualcomm Announces WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM/GPRS Multimode Solution Supporting HSDPA

May 22, 2003SAN DIEGO

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SAN DIEGO - May 22, 2003 - Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6275™ radioOne™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software, a high-performance solution delivering High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) a next-generation feature of the WCDMA (UMTS) standard as well as roaming on GSM and GPRS systems. The MSM6275 chipset, the fourth generation of WCDMA chipsets offered to customers by Qualcomm, provides significantly increased processing power and enhanced video and graphics performance at lower current consumption. The MSM6275 solution will enable high-quality, multimedia-rich WCDMA handsets with extended time for MP3 file playback, streaming video and video telephony.

As with all members of the MSM6xxx family, the MSM6275 solution is based on radioOne Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture, providing a reduced bill of materials and enabling the development of more cost-effective solutions for 3G wireless devices.

Samples of the MSM6275 chipset are expected to ship in 2004.

"Our years of experience in WCDMA (UMTS) development, combined with our extensive, ongoing systems solutions testing with all of the major WCDMA infrastructure providers and carriers, have enabled Qualcomm to continue to enhance and quickly deliver new, more optimized multimode products," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of product management and marketing for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Qualcomm is committed to leading the development of new feature-rich, multimode wireless solutions and further stimulating the global market for exciting wireless data services."

Based on the feature set of the MSM6250™ solution, the MSM6275 chipset and system software provides enhanced multimedia functionality for video conferencing, streaming video, music playback, gaming, camera and camcorder features. Enhanced processing power and lower current consumption for applications is delivered to the MSM6275 chipset by increasing the performance of the ARM9 and QDSP4000™ processors while utilizing an increased amount of hardware acceleration for targeted functions.

Key enhancements of the MSM6275 solution include support for:

  • HSDPA, a next generation feature of the WCDMA (UMTS) standard
  • Quarter Video Graphics Array (QVGA) and Common Intermediate Format (CIF) resolution video decode and encode for high quality video playback, streaming, recording and video telephony
  • 15 frames per second (fps) at CIF resolution for video telephony
  • MPEG-4 decode at 30 fps at CIF resolution for streaming or offline viewing
  • MPEG-4 encode at 15 fps at CIF for camcorder capability
  • Additional codecs such as H.263 and other market leading multimedia formats to seamlessly receive a broad variety of content
  • 2 to 4 Mega Pixel image sensors for high resolution digital still camera functionality
  • Faster 2D/3D graphics support for improved interactive gaming, user interfaces, text and imaging applications
  • High speed, low power, serial Mobile Display Digital Interface (MDDI) to optimize the communication and lower the interconnection cost between the MSM and the LCD panel

The MSM6275 chipset integrates the advanced feature set of Qualcomm's Launchpad™ suite of applications and software, encompassing advanced multimedia, connectivity, multimode Assisted GPS, user interface and removable storage capabilities. The MSM6275 solution supports Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform. With the BREW routines, protocols and tools, handset manufacturers and developers can develop embedded wireless applications and BREW-based products more quickly and easily. The MSM6275 solution also is compatible with the Java™ runtime environment with the J2ME™ solution built entirely on the MSM6275 chipset's BREW software layer.

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 is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company 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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