Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), a leader in wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today introduced PureVoice™—a revolutionary voice coding technology for a wide range of voice-enabled software applications. The first implementation for PureVoice is a freeware player-recorder, which incorporates a plug-in for Eudora® client software and can be downloaded from Qualcomm's Eudora website.
The PureVoice plug-in for Eudora allows users to record, send, receive and play back voice messages directly from within the Eudora software interface with exceptional voice quality and very swift transmission times. The PureVoice player-recorder also works with virtually any MAPI-compliant email software that supports attachments.
"PureVoice's superior technology means that users can send and receive voice messages with outstanding clarity and unprecedented speed, which truly enriches the user's experience and enhances communication," said Jeff Jacobs, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's Eudora division. "As the leader in Internet messaging we intend to take a dominant role in extending the functionality of email and making email enabled voice messaging pervasive."
Based on Qualcomm's superior voice compression technology, originally developed for voice transmission over IS-95 CDMA wireless networks, PureVoice provides landline quality voice transmission in Qualcomm's Personal Communication System (PCS) and cellular phones.
PureVoice technology offers smaller file sizes and better sound quality and can reduce file size and transmission time by over a factor of 10, compared to other common formats such as .wav. For example, a typical one minute voice mail message in a .wav file would take up about one Mbyte and take over seven minutes to transmit using a 28.8kbps modem. The same voice mail coded using the PureVoice technology would be less than 90 kbytes in size and take less than 45 seconds to transmit.
The PureVoice plug-in takes advantage of Eudora software's Extended Messaging Services Application Programming Interface (EMSAPI), a Qualcomm-developed API that makes it easy for third party developers to add additional functionality to Eudora client software.
Qualcomm intends to license PureVoice technology to OEM manufacturers and offer a Software Developer's Kit to third party developers in the near future.
The Qualcomm PureVoice player-recorder for Eudora Pro™ and Eudora Light™ software runs on Windows® 95, Windows NT® 3.51 or higher, and Apple® PowerPCs® running Macintosh® 7.x or higher platforms and is available free as a download at Qualcomm's Eudora division website at http://www.eudora.com/epro/purevoice.html.
With over 18 million users, the Eudora family of software products is the world's most widely-used Internet email solution, providing comprehensive client/server solutions for Internet/intranet messaging. Available for the Windows, Macintosh and Newton® platforms, Eudora Light and Eudora Pro are best-of-class Internet email client software products. Eudora Pro 3.x has powerful features that deliver exceptional levels of productivity, ease-of-use and flexibility for users who process high volumes of Internet email, while Eudora Light 3.0.1 software sets new standards for Internet email freeware with a wide range of enhanced capabilities. Eudora WorldMail™ Server is powerful server software that provides fast, reliable messaging services for the Windows NT platform.
OEM and bundling agreements include industry leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, NETCOM and 3Com. Eudora Pro software has been licensed to a wide range of corporations including MCI, Cisco, GTE, Lockheed Martin and Schlumberger. Many of the world's leading universities, including MIT, Stanford, The University of California, Brown and Cornell, also use Eudora Internet email software.
For more information regarding the Eudora family of products, visit the division's World Wide Web site at http://www.eudora.com.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora family of electronic messaging software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development and commercial implementation of the Company's CDMA technology, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale up and operations of CDMA systems, timing and receipt of license fees and royalties, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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