Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that more than 100 million handsets enabled by Qualcomm's gpsOne® technology are in commercial use, making the gpsOne solution the most widely deployed GPS technology in the world. The gpsOne technology is integrated into Qualcomm's Multimedia, Enhanced Multimedia and Convergence Platform and onto select Value Platform Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets, delivering a cost-effective solution that offers handset manufacturers access to the largest selection of GPS-enabled wireless devices in the world.
“Our gpsOne technology is a low-cost, high-accuracy A-GPS solution that has enabled operators worldwide to successfully launch gpsOne-enabled handsets in large volumes, ensuring mass-market availability of location-based services,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Qualcomm's gpsOne solution offers one of the most powerful GPS engines available today, and our newest products have broader capabilities and more search capacity than other GPS engines in the industry — making gpsOne technology the clear choice for location based services.”
Qualcomm's gpsOne technology operates in MS-Assisted (A-GPS position calculated in the network), MS-Based (A-GPS position calculated in the handset), and Standalone/Autonomous modes on all major air interfaces, enabling both CDMA2000® 1X/1xEV-DO and WCDMA (UMTS)/HSDPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE operators to take advantage of Qualcomm's integrated gpsOne and QPoint™ solutions. Today, 17 global operators, supporting more than 150 distinct models from more than 20 handset manufacturers, offer a broad range of location-based services, including child-safety and personal navigation applications, friend-finder and points of interest services, games and entertainment, and sales force management and asset tracking services. In addition, several major operators in the United States utilize gpsOne-enabled phones to address the Federal Communications Commission E-911 wireless safety obligations.
Qualcomm's gpsOne A-GPS (assisted-GPS) hybrid solution improves upon conventional GPS by combining wireless network information, satellite-based GPS information and location servers to significantly improve positioning availability, sensitivity, accuracy and time-to-fix - providing industry-leading all-terrain accuracy and performance. The gpsOne A-GPS solution also works indoors and in dense urban canyons. The gpsOne solution is part of Qualcomm's Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality.
QPoint is Qualcomm's location services software and set of accompanying tools making up the core backend/infrastructure element needed to enable location services to be deployed. Qualcomm works with system integrators to offer QPoint to operators. 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 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.