Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”), a global leader in imaging technology and products, today announced that Epson has developed an LCD controller chip, the S1D13751, with integrated Mobile Display Digital Interface (MDDI) technology by Qualcomm. The MDDI standard is an optimized high-speed serial interface solution that directly connects LCD panels and camera modules to the Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipset, enabling the most advanced, reliable
LCD panel and camera technology available today. MDDI is supported by select Qualcomm CDMA2000® and WCDMA (UMTS) solutions.
“Epson is pleased to support MDDI. Its high-speed, low pin count and low power consumption make it an ideal interconnect technology that will strengthen Epson’s LCD panel and camera module interfacing product lines for CDMA2000 and WCDMA handsets,” said Yasumasa Otsuki, managing director and chief executive of the Semiconductor Operations Division for Seiko Epson Corporation. “The MDDI solution complements our business strategy, enabling us to offer our customers the highest quality interface solution available today for their high-resolution wireless graphics requirements.”
“Qualcomm’s MDDI solution is a high-speed, low-power, low-cost interconnect technology that reduces the number of required interconnection wires, shortening development and testing cycles for both OEMs and LCD manufacturers for faster time to market,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “MDDI’s simplified design architecture has gained significant interest in the LCD market, providing LCD manufacturers with an advanced solution that differentiates their product offerings.”
MDDI, a high-speed digital packet serial interface, is available on select Qualcomm chipsets, including the MSM6150™, MSM6550™, MSM6800™, MSM7500™ and MSM7600™ chipsets for CDMA2000® and the MSM6275™, MSM6280™ and MSM7200™ chipsets for WCDMA. Previous interface solutions required up to 90 wires; MDDI requires a minimum of just four wires plus power for bi-directional data transfer that delivers a maximum bandwidth of up to 3.2 Gbits per second. The MDDI standard increases reliability and reduces power consumption in clamshell phones due to the significant decrease in the number of wires that run across the handset’s hinge to interconnect the digital baseband controller with the LCD display. This reduction of wires also allows handset manufacturers to reduce development costs by simplifying clamshell or sliding handset designs.
Epson’s S1D13751 advanced LCD controller is a QVGA LCD controller chip that supportsHardware “rotation,” “Picture-in-Picture Plus” (a variable size window with overlay functions) and 2D BitBLT. The chip supports MDDI Type I, with speeds up to 400 Mbps and has a dual port 1.3Mega pixel camera interface, hardware JPEG encoder/decoder. The S1D13751 provides impressive support for CDMA cellular solutions requiring Digital Video support. The first samples are expected to be available in the first quarter of calendar 2005. Epson will provide the evaluation board that connects with the MSM board through MDDI link directly in the second quarter of calendar 2005.
The Epson Group increases its corporate value through its innovative and creative culture. Dedicated to providing its customers with digital image innovation, its main product lines comprise information-related equipment such as printers and projectors, electronic devices including displays, liquid crystal panels for projectors, semiconductors and quartz devices, and precision products such as watches. Epson products are known throughout the world for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency. The Epson Group is a network of 84,899 employees in 110 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., which is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Group had consolidated sales of 1,413 billion yen in fiscal 2003. More information can be found at http://www.epson.co.jp/e/.
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 2004 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.