Single-Chip Architecture Drives Down the Cost of HandsetsHONG KONG
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced two industry milestones: The world’s only single-chip solution for CDMA2000® 1X, which integrates a baseband modem, radio transceiver, power management and multimedia engines into a single chip; and the industry’s first CDMA2000 1X radio transceiver — a component of this single-chip — a radioOne® solution that combines radio receiver and transmitter functionalities into a single design using cost-effective RF CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) process technology. Qualcomm’s single-chip solution, initially targeting cost-sensitive emerging CDMA2000 1X markets, brings basic data and multimedia capabilities to entry-level wireless handsets with an architecture that lowers
overall handset development costs. By integrating modem, RF, power management and multimedia into a single chip, the latest solution in Qualcomm’s Value Platform eliminates discrete components in handset design to lower development costs, reduce bill-of-materials costs and accelerate time to market. This single-chip solution also lowers the cost of wireless data by allowing operators to provide basic multimedia services on entry-level handsets. Qualcomm’s CDMA2000 1X single-chip solution is expected to sample in the first quarter of calendar 2006.
“Qualcomm’s single-chip solution is testimony to our relentless innovation — the world’s first CDMA2000 1X solution to integrate baseband, RF, power management and multimedia into a single chip,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. This cost-effective solution is the next dimension of our integration strategy, and also builds on our ground-breaking radioOne solutions with the industry’s first RF CMOS transceiver for CDMA2000 1X.”
Qualcomm’s innovative single-chip architecture simplifies design requirements for OEMs and reduces external components, lowering overall manufacturing costs so manufacturers can supply price-competitive voice and basic data handsets to more markets worldwide, including China, India, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The single-chip solution builds on the increased traction and widespread adoption of Qualcomm’s Value Platform solutions, ensuring operators in emerging markets have access to handsets that deliver cost-effective, entry-level multimedia services, including SMS and ringtones, to a larger consumer base.
Qualcomm also continues to demonstrate innovation in RF technology with the introduction of the first RF CMOS transceiver for CDMA2000 1X. Qualcomm’s latest RF solution is integrated into Qualcomm’s single-chip solution, and is a significant milestone for the industry. Previously, developing a transceiver for a full-duplex system such as CDMA2000 had been a tremendous challenge due to the interference experienced from placing the receive and transmit functions on the same device. Now, by leveraging the company’s radioOne expertise, Qualcomm has created a CDMA2000 transceiver that overcomes interference issues to offer a solution that is integrated into Qualcomm’s single-chip solution for CDMA2000 1X. RF CMOS is a low-cost, high-volume digital process technology that allows wireless device manufacturers to leverage significant economies of scale — further driving down costs to supply cost-competitive wireless solutions to emerging CDMA2000 1X markets.
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 26, 2004, and most recent Form 10-Q.
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November 15, 2004November 15, 2004