SAN DIEGO AND CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- September 18, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leader in digital wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today announced an agreement with Northern Light® Technology, Inc., an award-winning search engine and leading provider of information management solutions to enterprises and individuals. Nearly one million active users of Qualcomm's Eudora® email software in Sponsored mode will have one-click access to Northern Light's powerful online search engine (www.NorthernLight.com). Under the terms of the agreement, Northern Light has exclusive rights to the search engine category within Qualcomm's Eudora email software - an agreement that unites email and Web searching - the top two reasons people log onto the Internet, according to a recent study by the Boston Consulting Group.
"The addition of Northern Light's extensive search capabilities to Eudora's powerful email program will provide Eudora users with one of the best online search solutions to find relevant information on just about any topic in the world," said William E. Ganon, vice president of sales and marketing for Qualcomm Eudora Products. "Additionally, Eudora provides Northern Light with a unique branding opportunity in an uncluttered and targeted property."
"Eudora is a sophisticated and widely-used email program with a loyal user base that appreciates powerful and elegant technology," said David Seuss, CEO of Northern Light. "Northern Light is pleased to have this opportunity to enhance the online experience of Eudora's demanding constituency by expanding the capabilities of a Eudora session to include Web search from one of the Web's most comprehensive and powerful search engines."
Under the agreement, Northern Light is sponsoring a button which Qualcomm will serve into the toolbar of Eudora software in Sponsored mode. A single click on the button will open the user's Web browser and link directly to a co-branded Eudora-Northern Light search page. From this co-branded page, users will have access to information from Northern Light's comprehensive index of more than 310 million Web pages as well as over 50 million pages of business information not generally available on the Web from over 7,000 licensed business and information sources. Eudora users can easily resume email management since the Eudora email program remains open during the search session on Northern Light.
About Northern Light
Northern Light Technology, Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, MA, is a leading Internet provider of information solutions for enterprises and individuals. The company's search engine (www.NorthernLight.com) is among the world's most comprehensive, indexing more than 310 million Web pages as well as over 50 million pages of business information not generally available on the Web from over 7,000 licensed business and information sources. Northern Light combines the capabilities of Web search providers, licensed third-party business information suppliers, and text-retrieval database software vendors to provide customers and partners with a new generation of business intelligence applications. Enterprise search solutions range from licensed access to Northern Light search and content to customized business information portals that aggregate Web, licensed third-party and internally generated enterprise content into a single information service. Northern Light's search solutions are scalable and designed to be implemented with minimum time and resources by customers' information technology personnel. The company has received multiple Editors' Choice awards for its search capabilities from PC Magazine and was recently named a 2000 Web business award winner for online excellence by CIO Magazine for its www.NLResearch.com Web site.
Qualcomm's Eudora email software offers three user-selectable modes, including a sponsor-supported mode that provides the full-featured program to consumers free of charge. The software displays static onscreen advertisements that do not interfere with the user's email workspace or appear in the body of email messages. U.S. consumer email volume is expected to increase from 132 billion messages in 1999 to almost 432 billion in 2003, according to Jupiter Communications. To handle this growing email traffic volume, free Eudora email software in Sponsored mode offers industrial-strength features such as extensive filtering and search capabilities, a unique file sharing and syncing tool and the ability to manage multiple accounts within the single program.
About QualcommQualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital technology. The Company's business areas include integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. Qualcomm owns patents which are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. Qualcomm has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 80 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 2000 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, 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 26, 1999, and most recent Form 10-Q.