Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leader in digital wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today announced it has signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with more than a dozen software developers in the games, position location, entertainment and mass media, and m-commerce categories. These initial developer relationships coincide with Qualcomm's development of Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™), an applications platform for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless devices. Currently, wireless handset applications development is virtually closed to third-party developers. The BREW platform opens up development for these developers by providing a standard, familiar programming environment. Software developers will have the tools to create compelling wireless Internet applications and services for consumers that will fundamentally change how they communicate and use mobile products. The BREW platform will be provided and supported by Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS), a newly formed division of Qualcomm focusing on CDMA applications and services development.
"As cellular phones continue to evolve and wireless technology improves, customers will begin to expect more capabilities. Therefore, innovative approaches to provide non-voice applications on phones will be needed," said Peggy Johnson, senior vice president of Qualcomm and general manager of Qualcomm Internet Services. "The BREW platform will provide the environment software developers need to create data applications to better fulfill consumer requirements in the untethered world of the wireless Internet."
The BREW platform will provide a standard environment that enables applications development for the large and growing CDMA market -- from mass-market phones to high-end multi-purpose wireless devices -- eliminating the need to modify applications for each new phone model.
The BREW platform is neutral about programming languages. It supports C/C++ for native applications, but integration of browsers, Java applications and programs written in other languages are also supported. Developers will be able to create a wide variety of compelling applications easily. In addition to today's browser and rudimentary e-mail and text messaging offerings, applications such as navigation assistance, multi-player games, music, Internet radio, information services, and advanced e-mail and messaging services, will now be easier to create and offer to end-users as downloadable applications over carrier networks.
Qualcomm has signed MOUs with the following leading developers:
- Navigation Solutions - GaeaSoft, MITSUI&CO., LTD, NAVITIME JAPAN, Telcontar
- Location-based Applications - Locate Networks
- Games - ANI COM SoftWare, BANDAI NETWORKS, JAMDAT Mobile, UIEvolution
- m-Commerce - The Brodia Group, NetZero
- Entertainment - Indiqu, LAUNCH Media, MP3.com
- News, Weather, Sports - AvantGo
- Syncronization - fusionOne
- Wireless Mobility for the Enterprise - Wireless Knowledge
- Enterprise/Personal Information Management - Visto
- Browser - Pixo
- e-mail/Microbrowser - Access
- Avatars/Rich Media Communication - Eyematic
Qualcomm will release a BREW software development kit (SDK) to developers in May free of charge. The BREW SDK includes a number of Windows-based tools that will allow developers to create and test their applications in a standard development environment for specific phones. The Company is also planning a developers' conference for the spring.
More information about the BREW platform is available at http://brew.qualcomm.com.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include CDMA integrated circuits and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® e-mail software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. Qualcomm owns patents that 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 95 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 timely product development, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed and the BREW platform is adopted, 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 24, 2000, and most recent Form 10-Q.