SAN DIEGO -- September 9, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and LG Electronics, Inc. (LGE) today announced the selection of Qualcomm's MSM6250™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software for LGE's multimode third-generation (3G) handsets. The announcement marks LGE's selection of its third WCDMA (UMTS) chipset solution from Qualcomm. With the MSM6250 chipset, LGE will provide cost-effective, feature-rich multimedia-enabled handsets to WCDMA (UMTS) markets worldwide using a proven solution for faster time to market.
"Our MSM6250 chipsets will enable LGE to develop cost-effective handsets that support feature-rich applications at 3G data speeds, creating an enhanced level of choice for consumers in Europe and around the world," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The combination of Qualcomm and LGE technologies will give consumers in WCDMA (UMTS) markets access to an exciting new selection of multimedia handsets from one of the premier providers of wireless devices."
"LGE recognizes the value of building upon proven technology when developing handsets and devices that lead the WCDMA (UMTS) world," said James Kim, president of LG Electronics, Inc. "By integrating Qualcomm's MSM6250 chipsets into our handsets, we will be able to offer consumers sophisticated data applications that operate on all GSM, GPRS and WCDMA (UMTS) networks worldwide."
Building upon Qualcomm's previous WCDMA (UMTS) solutions, the MSM6250 chipset includes the fully integrated multimedia features of the Launchpad™ suite of applications. This single-chip solution eliminates the need for an external applications processor and associated memory, significantly reducing bill-of-material (BOM) costs, board size and power consumption.
The MSM6250 solution supports the advanced feature set of Qualcomm's Launchpad suite of technologies - including MPEG-4 video encoding/decoding, JPEG encoding/decoding, MP3/AAC audio decoding, a 2D/3D graphics accelerator for advanced gaming applications, a MIDI synthesizer and a digital camera interface that supports up to 2-megapixel resolution. The MSM6250 solution also integrates gpsOne™ functionality, featuring SnapTrack® enhancements, to support assisted and standalone GPS - enabling a wide variety of location-based services and applications, including points of interest, personal navigation and friend finder. Also integrated into this solution are Bluetooth® wireless connectivity and USB On-The-Go (OTG) host controller to communicate directly with printers, digital cameras, keyboards and other accessories.
As with all members of the MSM6xxx family of chipset solutions, the MSM6250 solution features Qualcomm's radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture, which eliminates the need for Intermediate Frequency (IF) components. With radioOne technology, the MSM6250 chipset requires less printed-circuit-board area than previous generations and reduces time-to-market development and BOM costs.
The MSM6250 solution 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 MSM6250 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's MSM6250 chipset solution helps enable worldwide roaming for WCDMA (UMTS) terminals. The MSM6250 system solution consists of the MSM6250 baseband processor, the direct conversion RFL6200™ and RFR6200™ receive devices, the direct conversion RTR6250™ GSM transceiver and WCDMA (UMTS) transmit device, the direct conversion RGR6200™ GPS receiver, the powerOne™ series PM6650™ power management device and a complete WCDMA(UMTS)/GSM/GPRS protocol stack. The MSM6250 system solution supports dual-mode, quad-band GSM transceiver operations [GSM 850, GSM 900, Digital Cellular System (DCS) 1800, and GSM 1900] and WCDMA (UMTS) transmit operations for 1900 MHz and 2100 MHz. Now, with minimal board design modifications, operators can offer a single device that can roam anywhere in the world.
Established in 1958 as Korea's pioneer consumer electronics company, LG Electronics is a global major player of electronics and information&communications products, with over 55,000 employees working in 72 overseas subsidiaries and marketing units around the world, as well as its business units in Korea. As the fruits of its concentrated endeavors in the innovation and development of leading-edge technologies, LG Electronics has achieved a position as a global leader in both its core sectors and new digital products such as digital TV, Internet appliances and next-generation mobile handsets. LG Electronics is focused on promoting home-network and mobile-network businesses based on cutting-edge multimedia application technology, along with information and communication technology, as its core business areas. LG Electronics' goal is to enable the intelligent networking of digital products that will make consumers' lives easier than ever. More information is available at: www.lge.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.