Press Release

Qualcomm Announces Strong Customer Acceptance for its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO MSM6500 and MSM6550 Chipset Solutions

Highly Integrated Multimedia Chipsets Will Support More Than 100 Commercial Devices

Mar 14, 2005NEW ORLEANS

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Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced widespread demand for CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO high-speed wireless multimedia, with more than 100 commercial devices currently available or in design based on Qualcomm's Multimedia Platform Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM6500™ and Enhanced Multimedia Platform MSM6550™ chipset solutions. Today, 17 operators around the world — in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America — support more than 12 million 1xEV-DO subscribers with devices based on Qualcomm's solutions. With devices powered by the Company's 1xEV-DO chipsets, wireless consumers can surf the Internet, download email and share files, photos, video and more on networks with speeds that rival home-based broadband connections.

“Qualcomm is working closely with leading device manufacturers and operators around the globe to make mobile multimedia available to wireless consumers,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Our 1xEV-DO solutions provide our operator partners with a broad selection of multimedia-integrated devices that leverage the power and efficiency of high data-rate 1xEV-DO networks.”

Qualcomm's MSM6500 Multimedia Platform single-chip solution integrates a 150 MHz ARM9® processor and provides support for a 1.3 megapixel digital camera interface, streaming audio and video at 15 fps QCIF and 400K 3D pixels-per-second refresh rate for smooth 3D images. The MSM6500 chipset also includes support for receive diversity, simultaneous GPS with Qualcomm's gpsOne® position-location technology and broadcast-multicast services.

The MSM6550 solution, part of Qualcomm's Enhanced Multimedia Platform, delivers increased processing capacity with an integrated 225 MHz ARM9 processor to provide support for 4.0 megapixel digital camera interface; audio- and video-on-demand at 30 fps QVGA; and hardware-accelerated, 7 million 3D pixels per second refresh rate for an enhanced 3D experience. The MSM6550 chipset also supports video telephony at 15 fps QCIF, Qualcomm's MediaFLO™ mediacasting solution and simultaneous GPS with gpsOne position-location technology.

Qualcomm's extensive DO roadmap also includes the MSM6800™ chipset with support for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A, which provides additional enhancements to today's 1xEV-DO networks, including:

  • Quality of Service: Improves the user's multimedia experience by enabling the system to manage various users and applications with different levels of priority.
  • Platinum Multicast: Enables network operators to provide multimedia services that deliver high-quality video and audio to a large number of users simultaneously.
  • Optimized for packet data service: Supports peak data rates of 3.1 Mbps on the forward link and up to 1.8 Mbps on the reverse link to provide one of the lowest cost per bit based on data optimization compared with other wireless wide area network technologies.
  • IP-based services including voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) to enable the combination of high quality voice and a wide variety of applications — such as interactive 3D gaming among large groups of players, instant messaging with full multimedia content and video telephony — to leverage economies of scale.

Qualcomm's chipsets support the Launchpad™ suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, including Qualcomm's gpsOne solution, the world's most broadly deployed assisted-GPS handset technology.

The Multimedia and Enhanced Multimedia Platform chipsets also support Qualcomm's BREW® ecosystem, 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™), which can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.

Qualcomm Incorporated ( 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.


Qualcomm, gpsOne and BREW are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Mobile Station Modem, MSM, MSM6500, MSM6550, MSM6800, MediaFLO and Launchpad are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. CDMA2000 is a registered certification mark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA USA). Used under license. Java and J2ME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. ARM9 is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.