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Qualcomm Announces Advanced Position Location Capabilities for WCDMA/UMTS and GSM/GPRS Systems
Posted: 06-Feb-2002 [Source: Qualcomm press release]

[The MGP6200 solution is expected to allow handset manufacturers to roll out early devices for use in UMTS/GSM/GPRS systems that can support just about any location-based application.]

San Diego, Calif. -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the MGP6200(tm) Multimode Global Positioning System (GPS) Processor and system software, providing industry-leading Wireless Assisted GPS capabilities. The MGP6200 solution supports the Third Generation Partnership Project Frequency Division Duplex mode of WCDMA, also known as Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), as well as GSM and General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) systems. Designed as a companion chip for the Company's MSM6200 Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipset, the MGP6200 solution uses the proven Assisted GPS fast-convolution hardware core and software algorithms from SnapTrack, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM, to provide significantly enhanced GPS signal sensitivity, fast start times, multipath mitigation, and power optimization, while minimizing positioning data traffic on wireless networks.

"The MGP6200 solution delivers unmatched Assisted GPS performance for the MSM6200 chipset, and represents an important milestone in our plans to bring highly integrated AGPS-based hybrid position location technology to the UMTS/GSM/GPRS marketplace," said Don Schrock, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "Location services represent a rapidly expanding market, and the MGP6200 solution will enable handset manufacturers to roll out early devices for use in UMTS/GSM/GPRS systems that can support just about any location-based application, then move to our more integrated solutions as the market matures."

The MGP6200 solution enables high-performance AGPS operation anytime, anywhere - even indoors where conventional GPS does not operate - and provides this capability in three modes of operation: two AGPS modes (mobile-based and mobile-assisted) and standalone GPS operation. With three operating modes, the MGP6200 device supports a variety of location services, ranging from simple find-a-friend and security-oriented applications to more complex continuous navigation and tracking programs.

The appropriate MGP6200 AGPS mode of operation can be chosen to ensure high performance across this wide range of applications while minimizing communications bandwidth usage and battery drain. The MGP6200 device can also operate as a standalone GPS receiver, using its massively parallel processing capability to quickly produce a position report indoors or outdoors, even when not connected to the wireless network or when no position assistance data is available. The modes of operation for the MGP6200 solution are compatible with location standards worldwide and operate in an optimized, end-to-end system that ensures 100 percent compatibility with SnapTrack's SnapSmart location server software.

An MGP6200 chipset solution will be available inside a small, commercial-quality test phone from QUALCOMM in fourth quarter of calendar 2002 to enable commercial trials by wireless operators.

The MSM6200 chipset and system software, QUALCOMM's second generation of WCDMA/UMTS/GSM/GPRS MSM solutions, supports data rates of up to 384 kilobits per second (kbps), and is compatible with the Wireless Internet Launchpad suite of advanced technologies and software, including Bluetooth connectivity capabilities, UMTS Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), and multimedia features such as Qtunes(r) Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) Layer-3 (MP3) player software. In addition to offering these features, the MSM6200 chip supports QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless(r) (BREW) applications platform.

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