Press Release

Qualcomm Announces High-Speed HSDPA Solution to Drive Advanced Data Services for WCDMA (UMTS)

MSM6280 Multimode Chipset Delivers Ultra-Fast 7.2 Mbps Wireless Data

May 13, 2004San Diego

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MSM6280™ Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipset solution to enable higher data rates in support of advanced data services for High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), a next-generation feature of the WCDMA (UMTS) standard. The MSM6280 solution supports peak data rates of 7.2 Mbps, enhancing Qualcomm's WCDMA (UMTS) solutions to address increased global demand for high-speed wireless data capabilities. Samples of the MSM6280 are expected to ship in the second half of 2005.

"We are continuing our commitment to broaden the market for data applications and services with the MSM6280, an extension of our established product portfolio," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We are already seeing the value of high-speed data deployments in select markets, and with our latest WCDMA (UMTS) chipsets, our partners have the solutions they need to deliver advanced multimedia devices and services."

The MSM6280 chipset is pin-compatible with Qualcomm's MSM6275™ chipset, utilizing the same hardware and software platforms to shorten 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 for differentiated handsets, allowing manufacturers to offer their operator customers dynamic new wireless devices in support of increased data speeds.

The MSM6280 chipset is a multimode solution supporting WCDMA (UMTS)/HSDPA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE (EGPRS). Qualcomm's latest WCDMA (UMTS) chipset provides significantly increased processing power and enables faster data rates for high-quality, multimedia-rich WCDMA handsets.

Key features of the MSM6280 solution include support for:

  • Quarter Video Graphics Array (QVGA) and Common Intermediate Format (CIF) resolution video decode and encode
  • 15 frames per second (fps) at CIF resolution for video telephony
  • MPEG-4 decode at 30 fps at CIF resolution for streaming or offline viewing
  • MPEG-4 encode at 15 fps at CIF for camcorder capability
  • Additional codecs such as H.263 and other market leading multimedia formats to seamlessly receive a broad variety of content
  • Up to 4.0 Megapixel image sensors for high resolution digital still camera functionality
  • Faster 2D/3D graphics support for improved interactive gaming, user interfaces, text and imaging applications
  • High-speed, low-power, serial Mobile Display Digital Interface (MDDI) to optimize the communication and lower the interconnection cost between the MSM and the LCD panel

Qualcomm's MSM6280 chipset solution supports the Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, as well as 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. The MSM6280 chipset is also compatible with the Java™ runtime environment; J2ME™ can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.

This complete solution for WCDMA (UMTS) includes the MSM6280 chipset, the recently announced RF CMOS RTR6275™ transceiver and RFR6275™ diversity receiver devices, and Qualcomm's PM6650™ powerOne™ power management solution, providing battery management and charging functions, programmable voltage regulation, and various user interface support functions.

Like all members of the MSM6xxx family, the MSM6280 solution incorporates Qualcomm's radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF) architecture, which eliminates the need for Intermediate Frequency (IF) components.

Qualcomm provides complete segmentation support for the WCDMA (UMTS) wireless market with chipsets enabling everything from entry-level voice and basic data phones, to mainstream multimedia and position location handsets, to high-performance, multimedia-rich devices.

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. Mobile Station Modem, MSM, MSM6275, MSM6280, Launchpad, BREW, RTR6275, RFR6275, PM6650, powerOne 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.