Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today began offering attendees to CTIA Wireless 2004 in Atlanta the opportunity to see a host of significant enhancements to CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO for the first time. The technology enhancements support advanced multimedia services, low latency applications, and enable higher maximum data speeds of 3.1 Mbps on the forward link and 1.8 Mbps on the reverse link. These leading-edge wireless data capabilities enabled by Qualcomm’s CDMA2000 1xEV-DO enhancements are being shown on a live network with wireless devices. Qualcomm is showing the advanced capabilities at booth number 3931, Hall B4 at the industry trade show, which runs March 22-24.
"The live demonstrations of the capabilities of this latest evolution of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO show the commercial readiness of this high-speed data technology and its ability to provide operators with a network supporting the latest multimedia services while lowering operating costs," said Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Qualcomm chairman and CEO. "The higher data rates and new capabilities will enable our handset, infrastructure and operator partners to provide their customers with exciting new services and applications such as streaming video, video on demand, video telephony and rich interactive multimedia content."
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Gold Multicast enables operators to greatly improve the efficiency of multimedia content delivery by allowing content to be sent to many users at one time. This flexible and efficient one-to-many network technology provides better ROI than today’s unicast (one-to-one) systems when an operator is scaling multimedia services for high consumer demand. At CTIA, Qualcomm is using 1xEV-DO Gold Multicast to stream video and update short-format content on handsets running the Company’s MediaFLO system (see separate March 22, 2004 announcement from Qualcomm).
Faster forward- and reverse-link speeds are achieved via the IS-856 Rev. A enhancements to 1xEV-DO. This leading-edge standard, as implemented in 1xEV-DO technology, produces peak data rates of 3.1 Mbps on the forward link and 1.8 Mbps on the reverse link with latency in the 30 mSec range, which vastly improves the performance of low-latency applications such as video telephony, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and multiplayer games. Also, because 1xEV-DO Rev. A delivers bits faster, it supports higher system capacity and lower cost per packet.
Quality of Service (QoS) enhancements to CDMA2000 1xEV-DO mean that applications can specify higher priority over the network for delay-sensitive data than for delay-tolerant data such as Web browsing and e-mail.
These capabilities are being shown by Qualcomm on handsets in the following live over-the-air demonstrations at CTIA:
- Video telephony with full duplex support, using an efficient IP-based solution
- Video content delivered via 1xEV-DO Gold Multicast and the MediaFLO Content Distribution System
- Data-intensive files and content sent and received via 1xEV-DO Rev. A employing the faster forward and reverse links
Also displayed in the Qualcomm booth will be many of the more than 50 commercial 1xEV- DO devices in use by the approximately 6 million subscribers on commercial 1xEV-DO networks worldwide. These devices are based on Qualcomm’s MSM5500™ solutions. Commercial devices based on Qualcomm’s next generation MSM6500™ 1xEV-DO chipset solutions are currently in development for release in mid-2004 and engineering samples of the MSM6550™ and MSM6800™ chipsets are scheduled for second quarter 2004 and first quarter 2005 respectively.
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.