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said this afternoon that demand for its code division multiple access integrated circuits in the second quarter is "consistent" with its previous forecast of 16 million units, a total that would represent an increase of 1 million units from the first quarter.

The company also expects shipments to increase in the third quarter. Qualcomm added that actual royalty reports received from the company's licensees for the first quarter were "exceptionally strong."

Qualcomm indicated that it wanted to dispute recent news reports, which stated that all third-generation technology will be delayed for two or more years. The company doesn't expect a delay for one of the technologies, called cdma2000 1x. That technology is already commercially available in South Korea and will be rolled out in Japan, North America and Latin America this year. Qualcomm will collect royalties from the use of cdma2000, as it will for other flavors of CDMA, such as W-CDMA, or wideband CDMA.


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reported that Qualcomm, which is based in San Diego, is warning of a two-year delay in the roll-out timetable of third-generation wireless technology promised by European operators.

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