SAN DIEGO -- November 11, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced a number of leading international wireless handset manufacturers have signed commercial agreements to license the Company's mobile video software solutions. These enhanced mobile video solutions, part of the integrated suite of Launchpad™ applications include Qtv™, a real-time decoder that enables the streaming and downloading of video content; Qcamcorder™, a real-time encoder that records video; and Qvideophone™, a two-way, video telephony solution that enables mobile videoconferencing. The agreements enable manufacturers to commercialize fully integrated, cost-effective video handsets without the need for additional costly hardware components. Casio, Kyocera, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan, Inc. and Synertek are among the manufacturers who have entered into licensing agreements with Qualcomm for the mobile video software solutions.
"To really differentiate ourselves, we need to offer consumers and enterprise users more than just wireless phones," said Mr. Toshio Maki, general manager of "au" product management department for KDDI Corporation. "We need to offer complete video solutions that allow users to share their lives using not just their voices, but their images and experiences as well. Qtv, Qcamcorder and the Qvideophone solutions enable KDDI to offer high-performance video functionality that retains existing customers and attracts new ones, ensuring our service offerings exceed market demand."
"We are addressing the needs of many of our customers and carrier partners worldwide with aggressive plans to deliver video devices and services as part of their migration to 3G," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "As with other applications in our Launchpad suite, these enhanced mobile video solutions make in-demand applications more attractive, affordable and accessible, ultimately providing a larger number of consumers with the opportunity to enjoy new uses for wireless communications."
The Qtv, Qcamcorder and Qvideophone solutions are fully compliant, standards-based (3GPP/3GPP2) MPEG-4/H.263 software solutions. The Qtv decoder sits at the core of wireless video applications, enabling playback of streaming video-on-demand (VOD); streaming audio-on-demand (AOD); mobile viewing of real-time content (live cameras); and video messaging. Qcamcorder enables the development of a broad variety of video-based phones by providing a cost-effective, mass market, real-time video encoding solution. With Qcamcorder, everyday users can record and send video and audio clips using their mobile phones. The Qvideophone two-way mobile video conferencing solution has been tailored to 3G networks, such as CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and WCDMA (UMTS).
Fully compatible with the BREW™ system, Qtv, Qcamcorder, and Qvideophone are part of Qualcomm's Launchpad suite of applications technologies. The Launchpad suite offers wireless operators and manufacturers a cost-effective, scaleable and timely solution for providing advanced wireless data services. This seamlessly integrated solution enables advanced next-generation applications and services that incorporate multimedia, position location, connectivity, customized user interface and storage capabilities. Launchpad features are available for each Qualcomm chipset, closely matching the specific functionality and cost-target objectives agreed upon in joint product planning with manufacturers and wireless service operators worldwide.
Qualcomm's BREW system is a complete product and business system for the development and over-the-air deployment of data services on wireless devices. The BREW system 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.
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.