Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that major infrastructure vendors, including Airvana, Ericsson, Hitachi, Ltd., Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel Networks and Samsung, have selected Qualcomm’s Cell Site Modem™ (CSM™) CSM6800™ digital baseband modem for infrastructure and test equipment to lead global efforts to drive adoption of CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Revision A. Qualcomm’s Technology Development Program — based on the CSM6800 device — is at the forefront of industry efforts to drive the next generation of wireless data solutions based on the global deployment of 1xEV-DO Rev. A. Qualcomm’s technology program enables accelerated development of equipment system software and hardware in preparation for planned technology trials and commercialization of worldwide 1xEV-DO Rev. A technology solutions.
“Working with the world’s leading infrastructure vendors, Qualcomm’s technology program will significantly impact the global availability of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “With the acceptance of 1xEV-DO — both Rev. 0 and now Rev. A — Qualcomm continues its leadership in CDMA technologies, supporting major OEMs and operators worldwide with complete system solutions.”
“KDDI continues to offer our customers compelling multimedia solutions at attractive price points,” said Dr. Yutaka Yasuda, vice president and general manager “au” Technology Division, KDDI. “1xEV-DO Rev. A will have the possibility of simultaneously delivering multimedia solutions to a greater number of users — expanding the capacity and improving the quality of wireless video services.”
“SKT continues to be a leader in Korea with innovative wireless multimedia; to date, we have more than 6.1million 1xEV-DO subscribers,” said Dr. Jong Tae Ihm, vice president, Network R&D Center of SKT. “Upgrading our networks to support 1xEV-DO Rev. A will enable us to maintain our market leadership and deliver the higher data rates and increased capacity necessary to support our ever-increasing DO subscriber base.”
“Qualcomm’s Rev. A technology program creates a cooperation with the global leaders in wireless infrastructure to ensure a commercially ready, seamless migration path to the next generation of DO,” said Jim Straight, vice president of Data and Wireless Internet Services for Verizon Wireless. “With the higher speeds and lower latency of Verizon’s DO Rev. A network, our customers will experience enhanced multimedia services and our enterprise customers will be able to increase productivity through faster file downloads and transfers, while ensuring privacy with advanced security and more.”
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A enables rich wireless multimedia services such as high-speed upload of multimedia files and attachments, interactive gaming and a variety of IP-based services such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Rev. A will also support real-time conversational services such as push to talk, video telephony and instant multimedia — an extension of push to talk that combines immediate voice with simultaneous delivery of video and pictures. Support for multimedia multicasting services is enabled by Qualcomm’s recently announced 1xEV-DO Platinum Multicast enhancement. Platinum Multicast enables network operators to provide multimedia services that deliver high-quality video and audio to a large number of users simultaneously.
With support for peak data rates of 3.1 Mbps on the forward link and 1.8 Mbps on the reverse link, Rev. A enables network operators to provide an even broader range of wireless multimedia and other data services for consumers and enterprise customers. Rev. A is optimized for packet data service and provides one of the lowest costs per bit when compared with other wireless wide area network (WAN) technologies.
Qualcomm’s CSM6800 single-chip solution delivers a significant chip count reduction to infrastructure equipment manufacturers for their CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A base station products. The CSM6800 solution is backward compatible with 1xEV-DO Rev. 0 and provides 192 forward-link and reverse-link channels, supporting eight times the number of channels compared to the current CSM5500™ solution for 1xEV-DO Rev. 0. The increased user capacity allows infrastructure equipment manufacturers and network operators to cost-effectively upgrade their existing 1xEV-DO equipment and save equipment space.
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.