SAN DIEGO -- August 27, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced successful WCDMA (UMTS) field trials in operators' networks in Asia, Europe and North America, marking a significant step toward WCDMA (UMTS) network commercialization. This important milestone, based on field trials conducted jointly with numerous worldwide operators, proves that users can experience continuous service between third-generation (3G) and second-generation (2G) networks for voice and packet data service. Using the TM6200™ test mobile, Qualcomm has successfully tested WCDMA (UMTS) circuit switched data, packet switched data, GPRS data, and WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM voice - both in the multiple WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM/GPRS frequency bands and on the multiple networks supported by a majority of the worldwide infrastructure providers.
"Our commitment to a smooth and timely WCDMA (UMTS) launch is solidified by our successful testing both in the lab and in the field as we work to continually help optimize WCDMA (UMTS) networks in real-world settings," said David Patterson, director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The continued success of our WCDMA program is derived from our ongoing testing and close collaboration with operators worldwide."
The Qualcomm TM6200 test mobile is a complete radioOne™ direct conversion RF dual-mode solution featuring the highly integrated MSM6200™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset solution. The MSM6200 chipset solution consists of the MSM6200 WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM/GPRS baseband processor, the direct conversion RFL6200™ and RFR6200™ WCDMA (UMTS) receive devices, the direct conversion RTR6200™ GSM transceiver and WCDMA (UMTS) transmitter, and the PM6050™ power management device.
The MSM6200 chipset and system software integrates WCDMA (UMTS) with GSM/GPRS systems in a single solution to enable the development of multimode products for 3G networks. Qualcomm's second-generation WCDMA (UMTS) solution, the MSM6200 chipset supports data rates of up to 384 kbps in WCDMA (UMTS) mode.
Like all members of the MSM6xxx family, the complete MSM6200 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 MSM6200 solution requires less printed-circuit-board area than previous-generation chipsets and reduces bill-of-material costs for dual-mode handsets.
The MSM6200 solution also supports Qualcomm's Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality. The MSM6200 chipset includes Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform. With the BREW protocols and tools, handset manufacturers and developers can develop embedded wireless applications and BREW-based products more quickly and easily. The MSM6200 chipset is also compatible with the Java™ runtime environment; the J2ME™ solution can be built entirely on the MSM6250 chipset's BREW software layer.
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.