Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced that it has added 3G femtocell chipsets to its product roadmap. The Company will be offering Femtocell Station Modem™ (FSM™) chipsets that will be the industry's first to utilize the broadband speeds of 3GPP HSPA+, in addition to utilizing CDMA2000®, including 1X and EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B. The chipsets will include baseband functions, network listen and integrated RF capabilities for all major wireless bands. The chipsets also will feature innovative techniques addressing the issue of interference between femtocells and the macro network. Sampling is currently scheduled for the second quarter of 2010.
“Femtocell technology holds great promise for the mobile industry by delivering better 3G coverage to subscribers and increasing data throughput,” said Ed Knapp, senior vice president of marketing for Qualcomm Flarion Technologies. “Femtocell technology will enhance the overall experience for end users while operators will benefit from the enhanced capacity femtocells will provide. Qualcomm is combining its industry leadership in silicon integration and power-efficiency with its mobile device and base station chipset experience to now add FSM chipsets to its technology roadmap.”
Femtocells are cellular access points that use DSL, fiber or cable broadband connections to extend the reach of cellular service within a small area. Qualcomm will offer FSM chipsets for both residential and enterprise applications to its OEM customers. Extensive performance analysis, simulations and field tests indicate the issue of interference can be effectively addressed with the Company's interference mitigation techniques. More details on these techniques are available on the Femto Forum's website at www.femtoforum.org.
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) 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 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500® company. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.
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 3G femtocell chipsets on a timely and profitable basis, the extent which femtocells are deployed, the speed by which femtocell cellular access points are adopted, 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 28, 2008, and most recent Form 10-Q.