SAN DIEGO -- November 10, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced new steps to drive down the cost of 3G CDMA devices with the development of its single-band RFR6122™ and RFT6122™ radioOne™ chips, the first CDMA2000 1X chipsets to use cost-competitive RF CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) process technology. This RF CMOS solution marks Qualcomm's second-generation of radioOne Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture products. Combined with the power management PM6610™ device and the MSM6025™ Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) baseband chipsets, this new solution provides a suite of products aimed at addressing the growing need for reliable, proven and cost-competitive solutions for emerging markets worldwide, including China, India and Latin America. Samples of the chipsets are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2004.
CMOS is a low-cost, high-volume digital process technology used for most of today's digital computer microchips. By migrating RF designs to an RF CMOS-based process technology, cell phones and other wireless hand-held devices can leverage these significant economies of scale.
Qualcomm's dedicated single-band chips announced today complement the Company's first-generation radioOne quad-mode (850 MHz CDMA2000 1X, 1900 MHz CDMA2000 1X, AMPS and gpsOne™) chipset solution launched in the first quarter of calendar 2002, enabling wireless handset manufacturers to have maximum flexibility in component selection and inventory management.
"RF CMOS technology provides a path for integration of digital circuits with analog and RF functions, allowing optimal system partitioning, and further reduction in component count," said Dr. Sanjay Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Qualcomm's strategy is to first launch RF CMOS products that address cost-sensitive emerging markets, and then expand our RF CMOS product portfolio to support mid- and high-tier, feature-rich handset markets."
With the introduction of the RFR6122 and RFT6122 devices, Qualcomm expands its portfolio of single-band MSM6xxx CDMA2000 1X chipsets to initially include a voice-data solution with Internet, multimedia and camera functionality, using Qualcomm's MSM6025 chipset coupled with the RFR6122 and RFT6122 CMOS and the PM6610 chipsets.
The RFR6122 device is a dedicated single-band cellular receiver, based on Qualcomm's proven radioOne Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture. The RFR6122 device provides full down conversion from RF to analog baseband. Additional features include integrated low-noise amplifier (LNA) and voltage controlled oscillator (VCO). The RFT6122 device is a dedicated single-band cellular transmit from analog baseband to RF, also based on the radioOne technology. Features of the RFT6122 device include integrated transmit phase locked loop (PLL) and VCO along with Rx PLL. The PM6610 PowerOne™ power management device, completes this cellular single-band CDMA chipset solution, providing battery management and charging functions, programmable voltage regulation, and various user interface support functions.
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 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.