Ericsson & QUALCOMM develop Bluetooth CDMA Solutions
Ericsson and QUALCOMM develop Bluetooth CDMA solutions QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies and Ericsson Microelectronics today announced an agreement to jointly develop and market the world's first wireless technology solution, supporting both the Bluetooth standard and the CDMA digital wireless standard, for the mobile handset and mobile device manufacturing companies. Under this agreement, Ericsson Microelectronics will develop a Bluetooth- compatible radio unit and QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies will develop the Bluetooth digital baseband processing to be integrated into its future Mobile Station Modem (MSM ) chipset and software solutions. The companies will work together to optimize the RF and digital designs for operation within a CDMA handset environment to create the most complete and high- performance solution available for CDMA based wireless data applications. Ericsson Microelectronics and QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies will jointly promote the integrated solution to handset and mobile device manufacturing companies "The true promise of wireless technology lies in its ability to expand the potential of personal appliances. This has been the driving force behind Ericsson's work in pioneering the Bluetooth technology," said Bo Andersson, vice president and general manager of Ericsson Microelectronics. "QUALCOMM's expertise in providing tightly integrated CDMA technology solutions makes them a perfect partner to realize the full promise of Bluetooth for existing and future wireless markets." "Ericsson Microelectronics' expertise and leadership in providing component solutions for Bluetooth applications, combined with our proven experience in developing CDMA chipset and software solutions, allow us to rapidly enable our customers to create new products combining these technologies," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management, QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "Together, we will drive to expand the number of applications possible by tightly integrating Bluetooth with CDMA technology." Bluetooth is a short-range radio technology developed by a special interest group founded by Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Toshiba. The technology aims to remove the limits of digital equipment interconnectivity by eliminating the need for wired connections. The industry effort seeks to establish a standard to ensure that a majority of the most common computing and telecommunications equipment can talk to each other simply. This highly integrated design solution will connect end users to a new world of unimagined benefits. The range of possible applications is unlimited such as, the ability for an end user to walk into his or her office, have the handset easily update the schedule and phonebook to synchronize to the PC, or on a business trip, take a picture with a digital camera and send it to the office via the handset. Another example is the same handset could be used as an intercom in the office, as a cellular phone on the move and as a cordless handset in your home. Moreover, the end user will be able to exchange electronic business cards, unlock your car or set up radio preference. High capacity, high data-rate capable CDMA networks will deliver wide area voice and Internet services to the Bluetooth enabled terminal devices. Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over. Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Bengt Callmer, Director of Communications, Ericsson Microelectronics, Phone + 46 8 757 4689, E-mail: email@example.com Kathy Egan, Vice President Communications, Ericsson Inc. Phone: +1 212 685-4030, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Anita Hix, QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies Public Relations Phone: 1 858 658 5879, Fax: 1 858 651 7385 E-mail: email@example.com Christine Trimble, Corporate Public Relations, QUALCOMM Phone: 1 858 651 3628, Fax: 1 858 651 2590 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Julie Cunningham, Investor Relations, QUALCOMM Phone: 1 858 658 4224, Fax: 1 858 651 9303 E-mail: email@example.com About Ericsson Microelectronics Ericsson Microelectronics is a supplier of world-class microelectronic components to manufacturers of telecom and datacom systems and mobile phones. The division's product range comprises microelectronic components for wireless applications, broadband communications, wired access as well as for communication via optical fiber. Ericsson Microelectronics, with its global design, development, manufacturing and sales network, is a leading supplier of products to meet the increasing need of bandwidth, speed and mobility in the New Telecoms World. For more information, please visit http://www.ericsson.com/microe/bluetooth.html. About Qualcomm CDMA Technologies QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies (QCT) is the leading developer and supplier of CDMA chipsets, hardware and software solutions and tools with more than 200 million chips shipped worldwide. QCT supplies chipsets to the world's leading CDMA handset and infrastructure manufacturers including: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.; Casio Computer Co., Ltd.; Denso Corporation; Fujitsu Limited; Hitachi, Ltd.; Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.; Kyocera Corporation; LG Information and Communications, Ltd.; Samsung Electronics Ltd.; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.; and Toshiba Corporation, among others. 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