Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced broad acceptance of Qualcomm’s cost-competitive CDMA2000® 1X chipset solutions for emerging markets worldwide. To date, more than 40 handsets are commercially available or in design based on Qualcomm’s Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM6000™ or MSM6025™ chipset solutions. The radioOne® MSM6000 and MSM6025 chipset solutions already power more than 10 commercially available, affordably priced handset models, with additional handset designs expected to follow. The global availability of affordable 1X handsets is taken to a new level with an additional 30 handsets currently in development based on Qualcomm’s cost-competitive RF CMOS solutions which further complement the MSM6000 and MSM6025 chipsets.
Compal, Curitel, Huawei, Hisense, Konka, Kyocera Wireless, LGE, Motorola, Ningbo Bird, SK Teletech, TCL, Telson and ZTE are among the more than 15 global manufacturers developing wireless devices based on Qualcomm’s MSM6000 and MSM6025 chipset solutions — which target emerging global markets including China, India, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
“Qualcomm’s Value Platform chipsets deliver basic voice services as well as integrated SMS and polyphonic ringtones and entry-level data — enabling handset manufacturers to provide cost-competitive solutions in rapidly growing, emerging CDMA2000 1X markets,” said Luis Pineda, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Qualcomm is further accelerating this cost-effective technology trend with the availability of our price-competitive RF CMOS solutions, with over 30 design wins to date.”
RF CMOS is a low-cost, high-volume digital process technology that allows wireless device manufacturers to leverage significant process technology economies of scale across both digital and RF products — further driving down costs to supply cost-competitive wireless solutions. Qualcomm’s single-band cellular RFR6122™ receiver device and the RFT6122™ transmitter device, with the low cost PM6610 power management chip represent the world’s first RF CMOS solutions for CDMA. Working with the MSM6000 and MSM6025 chipsets, this RF CMOS solution is making significant headway in driving down the cost of CDMA2000 1X wireless devices around the world.
Qualcomm’s Value Platform includes the MSM6000, MSM6025, MSM6050™ and MSM6200™ chipsets, enabling voice-centric and basic data phones and services for emerging and prepaid CDMA2000 1X and WCDMA (UMTS) markets. The Value Platform chipsets deliver accessible, affordable wireless to the global marketplace.
Chipsets in the Value Platform integrate select key features of Qualcomm’s Launchpad™ suite of multimedia technologies. These chipsets also support Qualcomm’s BREW® system, which enables the development and monetization of advanced applications and content, allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services and increase revenues. Qualcomm’s chipsets are also compatible with the Java™ runtime environment; J2ME™ can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.
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.