Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the industry's first enhanced navigation solution fully integrated in wireless 3G modems. This feature provides higher accuracy turn by turn map positioning for automotive and personal navigation applications in wireless handsets, enabling a better user experience and exciting new navigation applications for the consumer and enterprise markets. This enhanced software will be available on Qualcomm's market-leading gpsOne® solution for use with select Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets for both CDMA2000® and WCDMA (UMTS) networks.
"Handsets using the gpsOne enhanced navigation software enable operators to meet the increasing demand for mass-market navigation services and quickly capitalize on the lucrative enterprise navigation and fleet management markets" said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our integrated software significantly decreases the development costs and time to market associated with providing cost-effective consumer navigation - positioning gpsOne-based handsets as the catalyst for widespread wireless automotive and personal navigation."
The enhanced navigation software combined with the integrated gpsOne solution will:
- Enable applications providers to develop a broad range of location-based services for enterprise and consumer applications, including automotive and personal navigation, mobile games, fleet management and work force management.
- Dramatically lower the cost of automotive and personal navigation on wireless handsets by eliminating the need for costly discrete GPS chipsets.
- Optimize navigation accuracy for gpsOne-enabled handsets operating in Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) or standalone-GPS modes.
- Be commercially available beginning in the second half of calendar year 2005 on Qualcomm's CDMA2000 and WCDMA MSM solutions, including select Multimedia, Enhanced Multimedia and Convergence Platform chipsets.
Qualcomm's gpsOne technology is the most widely deployed GPS technology in the world. With more than 100 million gpsOne-enabled handsets at over 40 operators globally, Qualcomm is enabling dramatically more devices than any other GPS provider.
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 2005 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.