Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced completion of test calls using its gpsOne® assisted-GPS (A-GPS) technology on WCDMA (UMTS)/GSM/GPRS networks to help advance development of wireless location-based services for WCDMA markets. Calls were conducted independently with four leading infrastructure vendors, including Alcatel, NEC Corporation and Nortel Networks and with leading test equipment vendor Spirent. Qualcomm is the first in the industry to offer a tested and verified A-GPS solution for major 3G and 2G wireless technologies, including CDMA2000®, WCDMA and GSM/GPRS, ensuring faster, more reliable commercial deployments of location based devices and services. The gpsOne solution is integrated into select Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets — including the MSM6250™ chipset for WCDMA/GSM/GPRS and the MSM6275™ chipset for WCDMA/HSDPA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE — making it a more cost-effective solution for handset manufacturers. Today, more than 50 million wireless consumers around the world are being supported by more than 100 different gpsOne-enabled handset models and more than 20 different handset manufacturers.
“Qualcomm is driving the global commercialization of WCDMA by providing the industry with a fully tested, integrated solution that expands the use of next-generation wireless products,” said Luis Pineda, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA technologies. “Qualcomm has validated its gpsOne solution to work seamlessly with existing WCDMA infrastructure, enabling operators to offer high accuracy A-GPS devices and location-based services that increase average revenue per user.”
Qualcomm’s gpsOne technology was tested over two network implementations on WCDMA/GSM/GPRS networks: A-GPS fixes on the wireless device have now been performed with location servers, supporting 3GPP-compliant and/or TCP/IP-based connections. Testing was completed both with major infrastructure providers’ location server solutions and Qualcomm systems integration partners’ location server solutions that incorporate Qualcomm’s QPoint™ location services software, as well as with a major WCDMA test equipment provider.
Qualcomm has leveraged its experience with the gpsOne solution for CDMA2000 to provide WCDMA markets with a fully integrated, low-cost, A-GPS solution with proven performance and protocol compatibility on commercial GSM/GPRS and WCDMA networks.
Qualcomm’s WCDMA solutions, including the MSM6250 and MSM6275 chipsets, are integrated with gpsOne technology, so wireless device manufacturers can develop cost-effective gpsOne-enabled handsets that accelerate the commercial deployment of location-based services for WCDMA networks.
Qualcomm’s gpsOne position location technology uses wireless network information, satellite-based GPS information and location servers to directly improve positioning availability, sensitivity, accuracy and time-to-fix. The gpsOne solution is the world’s most broadly deployed A-GPS handset technology. Qualcomm’s QPoint and gpsOne solutions provide the most complete, integrated mass-market location based services solution available today.
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.