Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced that it has integrated sound enhancement technology onto the Company's Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets. Designed to improve the acoustic performance of 3G mobile handsets and improve the clarity of conference and hands-free calls, the echo-canceling technology is enabled by LifeVibes™ Voice software from Royal Philips Electronics.
"Superior audio performance is fundamental to consumer approval and the deployment of echo-cancellation technology on Qualcomm chipsets will dramatically improve voice communications in even the noisiest environments," said Mark Frankel, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We are excited that our work with Philips will enable our partners to offer handsets with enhanced acoustic performance to their customers."
"LifeVibes Voice products are a pioneering technology and the result of decades of audio and acoustic research," said Cees Geel, senior director of marketing and sales for Philips Software. "The availability of LifeVibes Voice products on Qualcomm chipsets brings a new level of mobility and sound quality to mobile handset users and enriches the user experience in a very tangible way."
Echo-canceling sound enhancement technology enables users to make clear and full-duplex conference, videoconference and hands-free calls without audial interference from stationary background noise. Qualcomm will initially provide support for echo-cancellation software on Enhanced Multimedia Platform MSM6550™ and MSM6275™ chipsets, both of which are compatible with CDMA2000 and WCDMA (UMTS) networks. Additional acoustic performance improvements to remove background noise using a dual-microphone spatial filter are planned for the Convergence Platform, achieved through the integration of another LifeVibes™ Voice product, the Noise Void background noise eliminator.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. 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 utilizing acoustic performance enhancements on a timely and profitable basis, 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.