SAN DIEGO -- November 12, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: SANYY) today announced the selection of Qualcomm's MSM6250™ Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipset and system software for SANYO's multimode third-generation (3G) handsets. The announcement marks SANYO's selection of its third WCDMA (UMTS) chipset solution from Qualcomm. With the MSM6250 chipset, SANYO will provide cost-effective, feature-rich multimedia-enabled handsets to WCDMA (UMTS) markets worldwide using a proven solution that ensures faster time to market.
"The single-chip design of Qualcomm's MSM6250 chipset solution helps SANYO address significant demand for full-featured, reliable handsets to support 3G launches worldwide," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Together, Qualcomm and SANYO will provide smaller, attractive 3G wireless devices utilizing a common applications platform that simplifies development of multiple products for a variety of markets."
Qualcomm is a recognized leader in chipset solutions for the WCDMA market," said Takenori Ugari, president of SANYO's Consumer Group, Telecom Company. "With the selection of the MSM6250, we continue to work with Qualcomm to provide leadership in 3G worldwide with some of the world's most exciting wireless devices for consumers."
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 MSM solutions also include Qualcomm's BREW™ system. Qualcomm's BREW system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers. The MSM chipsets are also compatible with the Java® runtime environment; the J2ME™ solution can be built entirely on the 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.
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is one of the global consumer electronics giants leading the way in innovations that is expanding multimedia product technology. SANYO's businesses cover a broad range of multimedia&information systems, home appliances, commercial equipment, electronic devices, batteries and other products. SANYO employs 79,000 people worldwide with consolidated annual sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003 at $18,157 million. For further information, please visit SANYO's web site at http://www.sanyo.co.jp/koho/index_e.html and SANYO's U.S. web sites at www.sanyo.com and www.sanyowireless.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 atimely 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.