Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support for the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) line of Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solutions. To provide end-to-end security for wireless Internet transactions, QCT offers a high-performance implementation of SSL that enables security for wireless browsers and secure wireless applications.
The SecureMSM™ SSL software and supporting encryption algorithms are integrated into the Dual-Mode Subscriber Software (DMSS™) that is bundled with QCT's MSM3300™ integrated circuit solution, including the IFR3300™, RFR3100™, RFR3300™, RFT3100™ and SURF3300™ devices. SSL support will also be included in upcoming MSM integrated circuit solutions covering all major global standards.
"We believe that end-to-end secure mobile commerce transactions add great value to wireless devices," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "For example, QCT's fully integrated SSL implementation enables direct and immediate access to Web-based financial services, allowing a user to complete a stock transaction wirelessly anywhere, instead of waiting until computer access or a broker is available."
CDMA provides greater security over the air than legacy systems such as AMPS. However, Internet access requires CDMA-based network sessions to traverse multiple independent wireline Internet systems. Therefore, even CDMA Internet sessions are subject to the same vulnerabilities as other Internet traffic once on the public network. The QCT SecureMSM SSL implementation is based on public standards and is compatible with major Web servers worldwide.
SecureMSM Software Benefits:
- Provides end-to-end security for Internet-based e-commerce and financial transactions, enabling mobile real-time access to financial and other high-priority secure transactions
- Works with all major Web servers, allowing access to secure Web sites across the Internet
- Highly tuned port provides desktop-level performance by utilizing on-chip Digital Signal Processor (DSP) computing resources
- Does not require intermediary proxy servers that could pose a security risk
- Standard interface integrates easily into Web browsers or secure applications
- Accelerates development of secure Internet applications on CDMA devices
- Provides a consistent, high-performance SSL implementation across all wireless applications
- Bundled implementation eliminates need for wireless device vendors to individually license their own versions of SSL
SecureMSM Software Features:
- OpenSSL™, standards-based implementation for maximum interoperability
- Supports full 128-bit encryption (versus less robust 40-bit encryption)
- Works with all major Web servers
Availability of commercial SSL-enabled handsets using QCT's MSM3300 integrated circuit solution is expected in the second half of calendar 2001.
QCT is a developer and supplier of CDMA integrated circuits, hardware and software solutions, and tools, with more than 133 million cumulative shipments of MSM chips worldwide. QCT offers wireless position location technology by SnapTrack™, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. QCT supplies chipsets to the world's leading CDMA handset and infrastructure manufacturers including: Acer Peripherals, Inc., ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.; CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.; FUJITSU LIMITED; Hitachi, Ltd.; Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.; KYOCERA CORPORATION; LG Information and Communications, Ltd.; Samsung Electronics Ltd.; SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.; and Toshiba Corporation, among others.
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; the Binary Run-time Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications development platform; Eudora® e-mail software; 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 100 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 containing the technologies addressed herein on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA and Bluetooth technologies are 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 24, 2000, and most recent Form 10-Q.
Qualcomm, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. MSM, MSM3300, DMSS, IFR3300, RFR3100, RFR3300, RFT3100, SURF3300, SecureMSM, OpenSSL, SnapTrack, OmniExpress and BREW are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral Qualcomm Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.