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News   September 18, 2006   by Auto Service World

Qualcomm Signs on With Continental


Qualcomm Incorporated, a developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and Continental AG, a global automotive supplier, today announced that they have entered into a CDMA2000 telematics module license agreement.
Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted Continental a worldwide license under its CDMA patent portfolio to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000 telematics modules.
“Qualcomm is very pleased to license Continental, a leading supplier of electronic control systems, brake and chassis systems and tires and other automotive equipment, for the development, manufacture and sale of CDMA2000 telematics modules,” said Marvin Blecker, president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing.
“Continental has a strong automotive electronics control business and this agreement contributes to fulfilling their vision of enhancing passenger safety and automotive performance and services through the integration of CDMA2000 wireless communications with their automotive products.”
“This license agreement will enable Continental to enhance its automotive supply business with the addition of Qualcomm CDMA wireless technologies and adds a new and exciting capability to its telematics product line,” said Bill Kozyra, president and CEO, Continental Automotive Systems, North America.
“Vehicle manufacturers can now offer drivers advanced wireless communications and safety solutions that help avoid and minimize the effects of crashes, including features such as post crash safety and emergency assistance of occupants while on the road.”
The Continental Corporation is an automotive supplier of brake systems, chassis components, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers. In 2005, the corporation realized sales of EUR13.8 billion.
At present, it has a worldwide workforce of approximately 85,000.
As a worldwide leading technology partner to the automotive industry, the Automotive Systems Division of Continental AG integrates know-how and quality in the fields of driving safety, embedded telematics and hands-free communication systems, powertrain and comfort.
Its North America headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


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