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Availability of Three, $1,000 Scholarships Encourages CDMA Engineering Education

COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2000 - The CDMA Development Group (CDG), a nonprofit trade association dedicated to fostering the worldwide development, implementation and use of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, today announced the availability of three, $1,000 annual scholarships for students attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Extension's certificate program in CDMA Engineering. The scholarships are part of the CDG's commitment to assist in developing the career paths for individuals interested in enhancing their careers with expanded knowledge of CDMA technology.

The scholarships, offered by UCSD Extension in the name of the CDG, cover approximately one-half of the tuition cost for UCSD Extension's specialized certificate program in CDMA Engineering, and are available to individuals not currently employed in the wireless communications industry.

The program is designed to educate engineers and other interested professionals in the fundamentals of CDMA engineering. CDMA is a "spread spectrum" technology, which means that it spreads the information contained in a particular signal of interest over a much greater bandwidth than the original signal.

When implemented in a cellular telephone system, CDMA technology offers numerous benefits to the cellular operators and their subscribers, including capacity increases of eight-to-ten times that of an AMPS analog system and four-to-five times that of a GSM system, improved call quality, simplified system planning, enhanced privacy, improved coverage characteristics, increased talk time for portables and bandwidth on demand.

"The worldwide success of CDMA technology has resulted in an increased demand for leading-edge CDMA engineering education," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "San Diego continues to evolve as a wireless communications epicenter and the UCSD Extension scholarships are indicative of the CDG's mission to leading the adoption and evolution of CDMA wireless systems around the world."

The UCSD Extension certificate program in CDMA Engineering is comprised of four core classes that are available for in-class instruction and via the Web opening the program to a global constituency. Required courses include Fundamentals of Digital Communication for CDMA, cdmaOne - the Standard for Wireless Spread Spectrum Communications, RF Engineering for CDMA Wireless Communication Systems and Special Topics in CDMA Engineering.