Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced that it has streamlined the deployment process for providing location services on WCDMA (UMTS)/HSDPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks around the world.. Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Secure User Plane for Location (SUPL) 1.0 software is now offered broadly across Qualcomm's WCDMA (UMTS) portfolio of Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets as part of the gpsOne® solution, offering a consistent platform for the rollout of Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) technology and the location services it enables. Support for the OMA SUPL 1.0 protocol, accepted industry-wide, delivers significant cost-efficiency benefits for network operators deploying location services and offers wireless users a seamless experience when roaming onto other WCDMA (UMTS)/HSDPA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks.
Most of Qualcomm's chipset solutions offer A-GPS circuitry integrated into both the MSM baseband and radio frequency (RF) devices, featuring industry-leading sensitivity while minimizing the cost of featuring A-GPS support by eliminating the need for many additional components.
"The pieces are now in place for the growth of location services for WCDMA (UMTS) network operators worldwide," said Rob Rovetta, senior director of product management at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "Support for the OMA SUPL 1.0 protocol in WCDMA (UMTS) mobile handsets will help to drive the deployment of services based on accurate and ubiquitous A-GPS technology - such as satellite navigation, location-enhanced gaming, personal productivity tools and friend finders - to add a new level of value to the 3G wireless experience."
Qualcomm is already shipping select MSM chipsets from its WCDMA (UMTS) portfolio with the OMA SUPL 1.0 capability, enabling handset manufacturers designing mobile handsets based on these gpsOne-enabled chipsets to offer SUPL 1.0 support to network operators. The Company has successfully tested, and continues to test, with major WCDMA (UMTS) and GSM infrastructure providers and service developers in Europe, North America and Asia to enable seamless operation of the SUPL protocol on various networks around the world.
OMA SUPL 1.0's acceptance across the wireless industry provides network operators a consistent platform to deploy A-GPS and location services. OMA SUPL 1.0 and other user plane architectures do not require any changes to underlying standards in order to deploy location services, and make it possible to easily demonstrate, test, trial and prepare for deployment on live operator networks around the world. Since data connectivity is the only requirement to enable A-GPS with a user plane architecture, the deployment process is greatly simplified.
Qualcomm pioneered the development and commercialization of A-GPS technology. gpsOne is integrated into most of Qualcomm's complete MSM solutions, offering significant 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, enabling GPS position information to be available to handset location applications even when the handset is outside a wireless coverage area. With more than 150 million gpsOne-enabled handsets at more than 45 operators globally, gpsOne is the most widely-deployed GPS technology in the world, enabling more devices than any other GPS solution.
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 25, 2005, and most recent Form 10-Q.