Press Release

Qualcomm Announces New Chipset to Address Expanding WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM/GPRS Market Segment

Feb 23, 2004CANNES, France

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6225™ Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipset and system software to support data-centric and entry-level devices for the emerging WCDMA (UMTS) market. With the introduction of the MSM6225 solution, Qualcomm is expanding its WCDMA (UMTS) product portfolio to enable its manufacturing partners to take full advantage of the revenue potential created by the market segmentation and growth the WCDMA (UMTS) industry is experiencing. Samples of the MSM6225 chipset are expected to ship in mid-2004.

"As WCDMA (UMTS) network rollouts accelerate around the world, operators are demanding WCDMA handsets to address different segments of the market. Our MSM6250 and the new MSM6225 chipsets and system software support the need for segmentation, and enable our OEM partners to address these new revenue opportunities while leveraging their investment in the MSM6250 platform development," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "With the new MSM6225 chipset solution, our handset partners will be able to offer voice and data phones at cost-effective price points."

Qualcomm's pin-compatible MSM6225 solution utilizes the same hardware and software platforms as the MSM6250 chipset, which shortens the certification process and development time for faster time-to-market and reduced cost. Building on this architecture, manufacturers can develop a single-platform design and differentiate the handset for operators that require both an offering for entry-level data applications and an offering encompassing the full spectrum of multimedia capabilities. The fully integrated MSM6225 solution means manufacturers can offer dynamic new wireless devices at attractive price points as they introduce and expand their own WCDMA (UMTS) product offerings.

The MSM6225 system solution supports multi-band GSM and WCDMA (UMTS), which will help enable worldwide WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM roaming. The roaming capabilities of the MSM6225 chipset make it an ideal solution for wireless data card and PDA manufacturers who require a cost-effective, high-performance wireless modem solution for their enterprise device offerings.

The MSM6225 optimized feature set includes:

  • WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM/GPRS air interfaces
  • Integrated radioOne™ RF architecture
  • Pin compatibility with Qualcomm's MSM6250™ chipset
  • 384 kbps data in both uplink and downlink
  • Audio support, including MIDI, MP3 and AAC
  • Qtv™ to enable the streaming and downloading of video content and Qcamera™ for integrated camera capability; both are key components of Qualcomm's Launchpad™suite

The MSM6225 solution includes access to Qualcomm's BREW™ solution. Qualcomm's BREW solution enables the development of applications, the customization of devices with advanced content including Java Virtual Machines (JVMs), multimedia messaging services (MMS), Web browsers and user interfaces (UI), allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services to increase revenues. The MSM6225 chipset is also compatible with the Java® runtime environment; the J2ME™ solution can be built entirely on the MSM6225 chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.

Qualcomm Incorporated ( 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.


Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM6225, MSM6250, Mobile Station Modem, MSM, Launchpad, Qtv, Qcamera, BREW and radioOne are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Java and J2ME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.