Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and Icera Inc., a wireless soft modem company headquartered in Bristol, England, today announced that they have signed a worldwide wireless software patent agreement. Under the terms of the multi-million dollar agreement, Qualcomm has granted Icera rights under certain Qualcomm patents to develop, manufacture and sell software products for WCDMA devices.
“Qualcomm is pleased to add Icera to its long list of licensed WCDMA suppliers,” said Marvin Blecker, president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “Icera's license enables them to provide WCDMA software platforms to OEMs, thereby expanding the WCDMA competitive landscape. As an innovative, European-based supplier of wireless modem platforms, Icera's software solution will further expand the wide range of WCDMA platforms available to OEMs and wireless carriers.”
“This license from Qualcomm will allow us to provide complete WCDMA software solutions, giving handset providers and operators the opportunity to enhance consumers' wireless experience,” said Stan Boland, president and CEO of Icera, Inc. “Our wireless soft modem technology is a flexible, scalable software solution, and this WCDMA patent license enables us to provide this solution to authorized WCDMA handset vendors.”
Icera delivers wireless soft modems with the highest performance HSDPA to mobile phone OEMs through a range of platform solutions. Founded in 2002, Icera is headquartered in the UK, with design locations in the UK and France, sales offices in Europe and Japan and representative support in Korea. For more information, visit the Icera Web site at http://www.icerasemi.com.
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.