Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and Continental AG (Continental), a leading global automotive supplier, today announced that they have entered into a CDMA2000® telematics module license agreement. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted Continental a worldwide license under its CDMA patent portfolio to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000 telematics modules.
“Qualcomm is very pleased to license Continental, a leading supplier of electronic control systems, brake and chassis systems and tires and other automotive equipment, for the development, manufacture and sale of CDMA2000 telematics modules,” said Marvin Blecker, president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “Continental has a strong automotive electronics control business and this agreement contributes to fulfilling their vision of enhancing passenger safety and automotive performance and services through the integration of CDMA2000 wireless communications with their automotive products.”
“This license agreement will enable Continental to enhance its automotive supply business with the addition of Qualcomm CDMA wireless technologies and adds a new and exciting capability to its telematics product line,” said Bill Kozyra, president and CEO, Continental Automotive Systems, North America. “Vehicle manufacturers can now offer drivers advanced wireless communications and safety solutions that help avoid and minimize the effects of crashes, including features such as post crash safety and emergency assistance of occupants while on the road.”
The Continental Corporation is a leading automotive supplier of brake systems, chassis components, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers. In 2005, the corporation realized sales of EUR13.8 billion. At present, it has a worldwide workforce of approximately 85,000. As a worldwide leading technology partner to the automotive industry, the Automotive Systems Division of Continental AG integrates extensive know-how and uncompromising quality in the fields of driving safety, embedded telematics and hands-free communication systems, powertrain and comfort. In 2005, the division achieved sales of approx. EUR5.2 billion with a workforce of more than 24,000. Continental Automotive Systems develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake, stability and chassis control systems, electronic air suspension systems, sensors, engine management and transmission control systems, hybrid drives, cooling fan modules, body and security electronics, and also is the industry leader of embedded telematics and communication systems in vehicles. Its North America headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In 2006, Continental Automotive Systems celebrates altogether 100 years of successful automotive technologies. The slogan “Forward Thinking” points to the future and the mission to keep pushing for new dimensions in safe mobility and the joy of driving cars.
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 2006 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.