Thomson Multimedia (NYSE: TMS – news; Paris Sicovam: 18453), the exclusive licensing representative of mp3 patents under the patent portfolio of Fraunhofer IIS-A and Thomson Multimedia, today announced an agreement with QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM – news), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, to supply mp3 player software with QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies’ (QCT) CDMA integrated circuits and system software solutions.
As a result of the multiyear agreement, QUALCOMM will have the rights to incorporate mp3 technology into its digital wireless communications integrated circuits and system software. The combining of telephone and mp3 functionality will enable consumers to play mp3 files on their wireless devices.
“Even after having concluded more than 150 agreements for Internet software applications and dedicated player-recorder devices, we are excited to take the mp3 format into new arenas. mp3 has proven itself as the audio format of choice among consumers worldwide for its superior quality and user-friendly technology. QUALCOMM’s support of mp3 for the digital wireless market further solidifies the future of mp3,” said Henri Linde, vice president, New Business, Thomson Multimedia.
“With the emergence of next-generation CDMA wireless high-speed networks, wireless phones will increasingly become a consumer entertainment product,” said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. “QUALCOMM is committed to incorporating the most advanced technologies in our integrated circuits and system software, and to providing manufacturers of wireless devices state-of-the-art multimedia features their customers demand.”
QCT’s mp3 player is shipping now, and supports the MSM3300(TM), MSM5100(TM) and MSM5200(TM) Mobile Station Modem (MSM(TM)) integrated circuits.
Over one billion mp3 files are downloaded monthly by consumers, and close to 100 companies have agreements with Thomson, including Adobe, Apple, Creative Labs, Microsoft, MusicMatch, Macromedia and RealNetworks. These companies reported sales of more than 10 million mp3 hardware players and 150 million mp3 software applications worldwide.