Beijing -- July 8, 2003 -- SnapTrack®, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and pioneer of Assisted GPS™ location systems, and Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of wireless communications products, today announced an agreement to provide CDMA carrier China Unicom with SnapTrack's high-performance SnapSmart™ Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) location server platforms. SnapTrack's position location technology enhances Qualcomm's innovative embedded A-GPS solutions, including the gpsOne™ hybrid A-GPS solution supported in Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) family of wireless modems. gpsOne is the world's most broadly deployed precision location solution for determining the position of mobile phones and other wireless devices, with over 10 million devices in use today.
"Working together with Motorola (China) Electronics, a wireless solutions leader, will enable China Unicom to offer the benefits of precision location services to its subscribers," said Dr. Kamil Grajski, general manager of SnapTrack. "This agreement cements a key component of our end-to-end A-GPS offering for China."
Under the terms of agreement, Motorola (China) Electronics will integrate SnapTrack's SnapSmart location server software into its mobile communications system positioning server, which will then be provided to China Unicom as a total solution service application. The two companies see a rapidly expanding location-services market in China, which could benefit China Unicom subscribers and partners with a range of new personal navigation and mobile directory assistance services, sales force and corporate asset tracking and coordination services, "friend finder" and child tracking services, location-sensitive billing for alerting customers to special toll-rate area discounts, location-enabled entertainment and enhanced vehicle fleet management services. In addition, location services may also enhance public safety for people placing emergency calls on their cellular phones, and will help emergency officials more rapidly and precisely respond to a crisis or call for help. This positioning server will provide position location information utilized to enable a broad range of applications, such as those that combine Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) solution for mobile data services with the Qualcomm gpsOne A-GPS system.
Qualcomm's gpsOne A-GPS solutions, featuring SnapTrack technology, offer robust data availability under the most challenging conditions, whether in concrete-and-steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urban canyons. Qualcomm's suite of gpsOne solutions is integrated into the industry-leading Qualcomm MSM series of wireless modems and includes both hybrid and multimode implementations, and is supported for IS-95/CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO and UMTS/GSM/GPRS. gpsOne 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. gpsOne also protects privacy with its built-in Location at Hand™ feature, allowing users to control their location information in most commercial implementations. gpsOne capabilities are implemented in handsets through Qualcomm's MSM 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 technology from Qualcomm and SnapTrack.
Qualcomm's BREW solution is a complete product and business system for the development and over-the-air deployment of data services on wireless devices. The BREW solution provides the necessary tools and value-added services to developers, device manufacturers and wireless operators for application development and distribution, device configuration, and billing and payment.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $26.7 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.
Headquartered in Campbell, California, SnapTrack pioneered Assisted GPS™ and owns patents that are fundamental to the cost-effective deployment of A-GPS-based location systems. SnapTrack technology enhances Qualcomm's gpsOne location solutions, which enable many Qualcomm MSM chipsets with anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate. The Company's Assisted GPS products support standards-based implementations on synchronous and asynchronous networks and include the SnapSmart location server software system, the SnapCore™ multimode GPS solution and the SnapWARN™ GPS reference data feed service. For more information, please visit www.snaptrack.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 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.