Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today said the adoption of its gpsOne® position-location technology is accelerating globally, with more than 150 million handsets featuring the gpsOne solution shipped and more than 250 different handset models from more than 40 manufacturers commercially available. Location-based services leveraging the accurate and ubiquitous positioning capabilities of gpsOne technology have already been deployed and widely adopted in many major markets around the world. Most recently, four major operators - two operating WCDMA (UMTS) networks in Japan and two operating CDMA2000 networks in the United States, have launched or plan to launch consumer and enterprise location-based services (LBS) featuring gpsOne-enabled handsets.
"These launches by major operators represent an unprecedented acceleration in the LBS market, and are the result of a unique collaboration among operators and handset manufacturers, application developers, system integrators and Qualcomm," said Rob Rovetta, senior director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Our business approach of working closely with the entire LBS supply chain, in addition to our industry-leading performance, tightly integrated applications offerings and end-to-end product solution, has enabled us to further extend our leadership position in wireless location technology."
The gpsOne solution provides the performance and solution flexibility to support a wide variety of consumer and enterprise location-based - and location-enhanced - services, as well as emergency services for the North American E911 emergency mandate. The gpsOne solution was first deployed in 2000 and has realized market penetration and utilization unmatched by any other GPS provider:
- gpsOne is deployed by 45 wireless network operators across nine countries
- Hundreds of applications that use the gpsOne solution are commercially available
- More than 150 million handsets have been shipped featuring the gpsOne solution
- More than 250 different handset models from more than 40 manufacturers are commercially available
The gpsOne solution uses Assisted-GPS technology (A-GPS) that is integrated into most of Qualcomm's complete Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) baseband solutions, offering unparalleled cost, footprint and power-efficiency benefits for mobile handsets and enabling seamless interoperability with multimedia features from the Launchpad™ suite of multimedia capabilities. The gpsOne solution offers industry-leading sensitivity of up to -160dBm that enables performance indoors and in other areas where traditional GPS solutions are not effective. gpsOne also operates in Standalone-GPS mode to ensure that GPS position information is available to handset LBS applications even when the handset is outside wireless coverage.
Qualcomm pioneered the development and commercialization of Assisted-GPS technology, and today has more than a thousand patents related to positioning or location-based service capabilities either granted or pending worldwide. With more than 150 million gpsOne-enabled handsets at more than 45 operators globally, Qualcomm is the most widely-deployed GPS technology in the world, enabling dramatically more devices than any other GPS provider.
Qualcomm's location solutions also include the QPoint™ location server and associated tools comprising the infrastructure element that enables location-based services. Qualcomm works with system integrators to deliver QPoint to wireless operators. Together, Qualcomm's QPoint and gpsOne solutions provide the most complete, integrated mass-market location based services solution available today.
The Company's chipset solutions support Qualcomm's Launchpad suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality and the BREW® solution, which enables the download 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 client.
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 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.