IMM BECOMES INTERDIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF SCS MOBILECOM/TELECOM, INC.
IMM BECOMES INTERDIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF SCS MOBILECOM/TELECOM, INC. KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- International Mobile Machines Corporation (AMEX: IMM), a world leader in Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) digital radio technology and systems, announced today that it has changed it name to InterDigital Communications Corporation (InterDigital(TM)) and that it has acquired SCS Mobilecom, Inc. and SCS Telecom, Inc. SCS has 30 patents granted and/or pending relating to Broadband-Code Division Multiple Access (B-CDMA). IMM's name change to InterDigital reflects the uniting of these two premier wireless digital technologies, TDMA and B-CDMA, which are the cornerstones for the future of universal wireless communications. The name change will be effective immediately with InterDigital's new AMEX ticker symbol being IDC. Trading under this new symbol will begin on Monday, Oct. 19, 1992. InterDigital purchased the SCS companies by issuing a combination of 2 million shares of restricted common stock and common stock equivalents. In addition, certain key SCS executives and members of SCS management were granted options to purchase an additional 1,590,000 shares of InterDigital common stock. There are contractual restrictions on the transferability of the common stock and there are vesting provisions connected with the stock options which span a five-year period. Donald L. Schilling, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of SCS Telecom, will become an officer of InterDigital as well as serve on the InterDigital board of directors, which will increase the board to 13 members. SCS Telecom, Inc. is a nationally known high-technology research and development company specializing in spread spectrum CDMA technology. The SCS companies have developed a unique Broadband-Code Division Multiple Access (B-CDMA) digital wireless telecommunications technology. SCS has also submitted its Broadband-CDMA technology for evaluation to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) as the second standard for the U.S. cellular industry, which is expected to be adopted by year-end 1993. According to William J. Hilsman, chairman and chief executive officer of InterDigital, "InterDigital will continue to produce, market and sell the Ultraphone(R) TDMA digital radiotelephone system as well as an expanded product line to include wireless PBX, cordless phones, PCS/PCN systems. InterDigital will also continue to protect and exploit our TDMA and its newly acquired B-CDMA patent portfolio with offers to license our patents and technology broadly to 'all comers' within the industry. The exciting difference is that we can now offer the marketplace the best of both worlds -- TDMA and B-CDMA." Commenting on the acquisition of SCS Telcom, Schilling said, "We have spent the last 20 years developing Broadband-CDMA. We have a prototype system working in our laboratories and in field tests, so I expect that we can meet the schedules and needs of the cellular industry as well as the PCS/PCN industry. I am excited about this new business combination. InterDigital has a proven track record of taking technology, making it into a product and bringing it to the market in record time." "The advantages that B-CDMA has over Narrowband-CDMA are tremendous," said president and chief operating officer of InterDigital and the architect of the aqcuisition, William W. Erdman. "B-CDMA is totally compatible with analog cellular and TDMA digital cellular in that it can be used as a system overlay in the same cellular spectrum as well as the new PCS/PCN spectrum. In contrast, Narrowband-CDMA requires operators to rip apart their current systems to allocate a part of the spectrum to just Narrowband-CDMA making it incompatible with all current standards and losing the ability to use these channels for current customers. Furthermore, we believe Narrowband-CDMA will not operate truly wireless inside buildings, nor will it operate well in congested areas of large cities. B-CDMA will perform well in both instances." With the addition of the SCS patent portfolio, InterDigital currently holds 43 U.S. patents and has an additional 25 patents filed as well as patents filed or issued in more than 30 foreign countries. InterDigital's Ultraphone digital radiotelephone system has been ordered or installed for more than 157 sites operating in Eastern Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. InterDigital's TDMA technology has been licensed to General Motors/Hughes and is the basis of the GMH2000 Extended-TDMA system and has also been licensed to Acuity Digital to use TDMA in the revitalization of the Improved Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS) market. InterDigital recorded revenues of $18.5 million and $33.8 million in 1990 and 1991 respectively, and said it anticipates another record revenue year in 1992. /delval/ -0- 10/15/92 /CONTACT: David L. Smith, senior vp of InterDigital, 215-278-7800/ (IMM) CO: International Mobile Machines Corporation; InterDigital Communications Corporation; SCS Mobilecom, Inc.; SCS Telecom, Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: TLS SU: TNM
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