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QUALCOMM to Use GNP Computers WorkServer as Controller for CDMA Infrastructure Product; GNP's Rapid Product Realization and OEM Manufacturing Enable Customized WorkServer to be Delivered as Turnkey Solution for QUALCOMM's Intelligent Base Station Controller.



MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 1996--QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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: QCOM QCOM Qualcomm, Inc. (stock symbol) ), a leader in wireless communications and the developer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) A method for transmitting simultaneous signals over a shared portion of the spectrum. The foremost application of CDMA is the digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800 MHz band and 1.9 GHz PCS band. ) technology, and GNP GNP

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 Computers, a leading manufacturer of telecommunications servers, today announced that GNP Computers' WorkServer platform has been selected as the compute engine for QUALCOMM's CDMA Intelligent Base Station Controller, a wireless infrastructure product. Under the terms of the contract, the customized WorkServer will be used as the server platform for three subsystems of the Intelligent Base Station Controller: the Base Station Manager (BSM BSM Business Service Management
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), Home Location Register (HLR (Home Location Register) A database in a cellular system that contains all the subscribers within the provider's home service area. When a subscriber reaches a new service area, the data in the HLR is requested and transferred via SS7 to the VLR (Visitor Location ) and Call Detail Access (CDA (1) (Compact Disc Audio) The compact disc file extension that is seen on the computer in Explorer or some other file manager. CDA files are actually pointers to the locations of the individual tracks on the CD medium. See CD-DA. ).

"QUALCOMM's CDMA is the leading technology for PCS (1) (Personal Communications Services) Refers to wireless services that emerged after the U.S. government auctioned commercial licenses in 1994 and 1995. This radio spectrum in the 1.  markets worldwide. GNP will provide the technology to help manage CDMA networks, and we're pleased to be working closely with QUALCOMM," said Ken Kalb, GNP vice president of sales and marketing. "QUALCOMM developed the software on Sun workstations and deployed it on our customized SPARC-based WorkServer. We are delighted to participate in this exciting marketplace as CDMA becomes the wireless standard."

"We selected GNP to provide these critical server components because of GNP's ability to deliver a turnkey solution for our Intelligent Base Station Controller," said Ronald Foerster, vice president of Wireless Infrastructure Products for QUALCOMM. "GNP used its rapid product realization and OEM manufacturing capabilities to quickly customize the basic WorkServer's configuration. They were able to meet our specifications and deliver the compute power we need for our wireless infrastructure products."

CDMA is technology, developed by QUALCOMM for digital wireless communications, which maximizes the volume of calls that can be carried over a single 1.25MHz channel. Widely adopted by major cellular and PCS carriers in the United States and internationally, CDMA networks provide reliable digital technology with high capacity, large coverage area and improved voice quality. QUALCOMM's Intelligent Base Station Controller controls and manages CDMA network operations, including communications to and from the Base station Transceiver Subsystems and other BSCs. The system provides a flexible, switch-independent design for connections to the public wireline network.

The Base Station Manager, Call Detail Access, and Home Location Register which GNP supplies are critical subsystems of the Intelligent Base Station Controller. The BSM handles the configuration, security, performance and fault management, as well as other OA&M functions. CDA collects Call Detail Records and forwards data to a billing application. HLR is a database containing information about subscribers in the system, including registration, validation, authorization and feature assignment.

The WorkServer platform with its integrated, modular design, continuous availability, standard SPARC (Scalable Performance ARChitecture) A family of RISC CPUs from Sun that runs mostly under Sun's Solaris, but also under Linux and BSD operating systems. After development began in the mid-1980s by David Patterson of the University of California at Berkeley and Bill  engine, RAID disk, ethernet, SCSI SCSI
 in full Small Computer System Interface

Once common standard for connecting peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, etc.) to small and medium-sized computers. SCSI has given way to faster standards, such as Firewire and USB.
 and asynchronous I/O combined with GNP's proprietary maintenance bus hardware and software enabled GNP engineers to develop a customized compute engine to serve QUALCOMM's base station needs. GNP's Rapid Product Realization (RPR) process and OEM manufacturing brought the product from design to deployment in a very short time.

About QUALCOMM

Headquartered in San Diego, QUALCOMM develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other company products include the Eudora Pro electronic mail software, VLSI VLSI: see integrated circuit.


(1) (Very Large Scale Integration) Between 100,000 and one million transistors on a chip. See SSI, MSI, LSI and ULSI.

(2) (VLSI Technology, Inc., Tempe, AZ, www.semiconductors.
 components, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.

About GNP Computers

GNP Computers develops open computing solutions for the telecom network. It designs and manufactures Continuous Availability, NEBS-certified products for telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers. In addition, GNP offers OEM manufacturing and a Rapid Product Realization (RPR) process to develop complete turnkey product solutions for the telecommunications industry. GNP also provides complex systems integration and telecom systems engineering. The privately-held company is headquartered in Monrovia, California. More information on GNP Computers and the WorkServer is available at http://www.gnp.com. -0-

Note to Editors: GNP Computers and GNP WorkServer are trademarks of GNP Computers. QUALCOMM and OmniTRACS are registered trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Globalstar, L.P. Eudora is a registered trademark of the University of Illinois University of Illinois may refer to:
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (flagship campus)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois system
It can also refer to:
, Board of Trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors. , licensed to QUALCOMM Incorporated. Eudora Pro is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Intelligent Base Station Controller is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated.

CONTACT: GNP Computers

Ken Kalb, 818/305-8484

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Windham/Lang Group

Erica Zeidenberg, 510/631-0553

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QUALCOMM Incorporated

Julie Cunningham, 619/658-4224
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