Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Coding Technologies, a leading provider of audio compression for the Internet, digital broadcasting and mobile, today announced the integration of MPEG-4 AAC/aacPlus technology into Qualcomm’s Qtv™ and CMX™ multimedia solutions. aacPlus enables the delivery of the highest audio quality at the lowest possible bit rates. The aacPlus audio compression technology from Coding Technologies reduces media file sizes while improving sound quality.
Support for the aacPlus technology in the Qtv and CMX multimedia solutions will be available in the second quarter of calendar year 2004, beginning with Qualcomm’s MSM6100™ Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipset.
"Qualcomm is pleased to provide our manufacturing partners with the innovative aacPlus audio decoder technology, enabling wireless handsets to stream audio media files at the highest fidelities," said Luis Pineda, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Whether the application is targeted for streaming audio or crystal-clear ringtones, aacPlus helps establish a new benchmark for quality audio for the 3G CDMA wireless marketplace."
"Coding Technologies is extremely pleased to partner with Qualcomm to deploy our aacPlus technology on their MSM platforms," said David Frerichs, vice president of business development and U.S. general manager of Coding Technologies. "Combined with the technologies Qualcomm offers today on their chipsets, the ability to enhance the multimedia capabilities of the chipset with high-fidelity audio through aacPlus will continue to solidify their leadership in the wireless arena."
The aacPlus solution uses Spectral Band Replication (SBR) technology to enable audio codecs to deliver the same quality at very low bit rates. The aacPlus solution enables streaming and downloadable multi-channel audio at 128 kbps, CD-quality audio stereo at 48 kbps and excellent quality stereo at 32 kbps. These data rates will enhance the audio quality of commercially-available wireless products and enable new applications for future devices.
Qualcomm’s Qtv solution is a feature-rich software video decoder that enables mobile devices to stream, download and play back multimedia content. The CMX solution enables wireless devices to project voice, music, text, graphics and animation simultaneously with capability for 72-polyphony, 128-instrument music. The Qtv and CMX solutions are part of Qualcomm’s Launchpad™ suite of technologies, which encompasses advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage capabilities.
Qualcomm’s MSM family of chipsets provides handset manufacturers with a portfolio of solutions to address next-generation 3G handsets. These chipsets support major 3G and second-generation (2G) worldwide wireless standards, and enable high resolution multimedia applications, including video, audio, graphics and enhanced 3D animation. The MSM chipsets are highly integrated, single-chip solutions that offer increased processing capacity combined with lower power consumption, resulting in an enhanced user experience.
Qualcomm’s chipsets include access to Qualcomm’s BREW™ solution. The BREW system enables the development and monetization of advanced applications and content, allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services and increase revenues. Qualcomm’s chipsets are also compatible with the Java runtime environment; J2ME™ can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.
Coding Technologies provides the best audio compression for mobile, broadcasting and Internet. SBR (Spectral Band Replication) from Coding Technologies is a backward and forward compatible method to enhance the efficiency of any audio codec; putting the “PRO” in mp3PRO and the "Plus" in aacPlus. SBR is a fundamental enabler of the Digital Radio Mondiale open standard and is a core component of MPEG-4 High Efficiency AAC. Coding Technologies, founded in 1997, is a privately held company with offices in Sweden, Germany and Silicon Valley.
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 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.