Press Release

Qualcomm's MSM6250 Chipset Selected by Sierra Wireless for the WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM/GPRS Market

Sierra Wireless to Provide a Variety of Wireless Products Utilizing a Fully Integrated, Single-Chip Solution

Feb 24, 2004CANNES, France

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology and Sierra Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWIR; TSX: SW), a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless communication solutions, today announced the selection of Qualcomm's MSM6250TM Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipset and system software for Sierra Wireless' multimode third-generation (3G) wireless products. With the MSM6250 chipset, Sierra Wireless will provide the WCDMA (UMTS) market with a high-quality, high-speed wireless connectivity solution using a proven chipset technology.

"Since offering the industry's first CDMA PC Card based on a Qualcomm chip, Sierra Wireless continues its long standing partnership with Qualcomm to deliver innovative and high performing wireless solutions to the global marketplace," said Andrew Harries, senior vice president of marketing for Sierra Wireless. "By integrating the MSM6250 chipset into our new wireless products, we will expand our award winning product line into the WCDMA (UMTS) market with a chipset that delivers the best performance in the industry."

"Qualcomm's fully-integrated MSM6250 chipset is designed to support a broad range of wireless products for the WCDMA (UMTS) market, and we are pleased to work with Sierra Wireless in support of their WCDMA (UMTS) product development program," said Luis Pineda, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By using Qualcomm's WCDMA (UMTS) solution, Sierra Wireless will be able to leverage their CDMA development experience into their MSM6250-based product offerings for faster time-to-market."

Qualcomm's MSM6250 chipset solution helps enable worldwide roaming for WCDMA (UMTS) terminals. 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 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2100 MHz. Now, with minimal board design modifications, operators can offer a single device that can roam anywhere in the world.

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.

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 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 MSM6250 chipset is also compatible with the Java® runtime environment; the J2ME™ solution can be built entirely on the MSM6250 chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.

Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets the AirCard®, the industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded modules for OEM wireless applications; the MP line of rugged vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions; and Voq, a line of mobile phones with easy-to-use, secure software solutions for mobile professionals. For more information about Sierra Wireless please visit

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 the S&P 500 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. MSM6250, Mobile Station Modem, MSM, Launchpad, 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. AirCard is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.