SAN DIEGO -- July 9, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the sample shipment of the MSM6500™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software, a high-capacity, high-speed wireless data solution. The MSM6500 chipset supports CDMA2000 1X, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and GSM/GPRS standards, allowing roaming between third-generation (3G) and second-generation (2G) networks. The MSM6500 solution will help accelerate the adoption of feature-rich multimedia applications on wireless consumer devices - including advanced video playback and streaming, and improved graphics and gaming - and the introduction of new data services by providing the most cost-effective, high-speed wireless data transfer capabilities for an enriched end-user experience. To date, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO service has been widely adopted with a total of 1.3 million active subscribers.
"The MSM6500 chipset was developed to meet increased operator and consumer demand for high-speed, cost-effective wireless data applications, including video conferencing, improved download capabilities for faster data access, and simultaneous mode GPS and CDMA operation, which allows users to perform searches during voice and data calls," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "As the leader for fully integrated CDMA solutions, Qualcomm is uniquely positioned to drive the global deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO while assisting our partners in the development of affordable, high-end devices that will establish universal acceptance of advanced multimedia and wireless data services."
The MSM6500 chipset, Qualcomm's second generation CDMA2000 1xEV-DO solution, is capable of peak wireless data rates of 2.4 Mbps on the forward link, enabling sophisticated hardware engineering that supports a new generation of wireless devices - including handsets, Smartphones, PDAs, video phones, data terminals, handheld computers and others - to create improved market opportunities for manufacturers and carriers as consumer demand for data applications increases. The MSM6500 solution integrates USB On-The-Go (OTG) host controller functionality, which enables wireless handsets to communicate directly with accessories such as printers, digital cameras, keyboards and CD-ROMs. With receive diversity support on CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO, the MSM6500 solution can double voice capacity for CDMA2000 1X voice systems and improve data throughputs for CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO systems.
The MSM6500 chipset integrates Qualcomm's radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture into CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, which eliminates the need for large IF Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filters and additional IF circuitry. The radioOne architecture reduces handset bill-of-materials (BOM), resulting in very cost-effective multiband and multimode handsets that can be produced in smaller form factors. The MSM6500 chipset leverages this technology to deliver the most cost effective, smallest form factor solution for carriers and handset manufacturers to roll-out a multiband, multimode global roaming terminal that can operate in CDMA2000 1X, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and GSM/GPRS networks.
With its ARM926EJ-S-based CPU, two low-power QDSP4000™ Digital Signal Processor (DSP) engines and dedicated hardware accelerators, the MSM6500 single chip solution supports high-speed data access to enable a new generation of wireless devices that offer sophisticated video, gaming and multimedia services. The MSM6500 solution supports the advanced feature set of Qualcomm's Launchpad™ suite of technologies, including MPEG-4 encoding and decoding, MP3 audio decoding, 2D/3D graphics acceleration for gaming, Compact Media Extensions (CMX™) MIDI synthesizer, Qualcomm's Qcamera™ digital interface, fast JPEG encoding/decoding, Bluetooth® technology for wireless connectivity, USB OTG and Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM) capability.
The MSM6500 solution includes Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform. Using the BREW platform, handset manufacturers and developers can develop both embedded and downloadable wireless applications and BREW-based products more quickly and easily.
The MSM6500 chipset and system software also integrates gpsOne™ technology, featuring SnapTrack® enhancements, to support a wide variety of location-based services and applications. The MSM6500 solution includes support for simultaneous CDMA2000 1X and global positioning system (GPS) capabilities, providing the ability to do position location searches during both voice and data calls. Also supported on this chipset is standalone GPS, which enables off-network navigation capability for handset-based applications such as automotive turn-by-turn navigation and recreational personal navigation.
Today, leading position location applications developed for the BREW platform are integrated into handsets to support personal navigation, local points of interest and friend finder. The gpsOne solution offers hybrid capability, enabling robust position availability under the most challenging conditions, whether in concrete-and-steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urban canyons.
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.