Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced it has signed non-binding memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with more than 20 additional software developers and device manufacturers expressing their intent to support Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™). BREW is a very thin applications environment that provides applications developers with an open, standard platform for wireless devices for which to develop their products.
"We have witnessed a tremendous amount of interest from leading developers since the announcement of the BREW platform at the end of January, which is evident from the signings we have announced today," said Peggy Johnson, senior vice president of Qualcomm and general manager of Qualcomm Internet Services. "Additionally, more than 1,000 developers worldwide have registered with Qualcomm on the BREW Web site."
The BREW initiative is expected to benefit everyone in the large and growing CDMA market: developers, manufacturers, carriers and consumers. Before the BREW platform, wireless handset applications development was virtually closed to third-party developers. The BREW platform provides a standard programming environment that enables applications development on multiple handset models - from mass-market phones to high-end multi-purpose wireless devices - effectively eliminating the need to modify applications for each new phone model.
Since January 31, Qualcomm has signed MOUs with Appeal, Denso International America, Denso Corp. of Japan and AirPrime in the device manufacturer category. These MOUs provide for cooperative efforts in developing BREW-enabled demonstration devices. Software developers signed since that date include:
- Location-based Applications -- KDD Network Systems Co.
- MicroChaiVM -- Hewlett-Packard Company
- Software Solutions for the Java Platform -- RedWave Technology
- m-Commerce -- Windwire Inc.
- Games/Entertainment -- Chasma, Inc., Namco, FluxNetworks, Brighton Corp., Digital Net Works, Softbank Mobile Corp. (also m-Commerce)
- Syncronization -- ROKU, Zkey
- Email/Microbrowser/Instant Messaging -- Flex Firm Inc., K Laboratory, Net Village, Vayusphere, FunMail, Inc.
- Multimedia/Video on Demand -- Media Socket Inc. Voice Interface - Asahi Kasei Corp.
- Network Libraries -- Connect
- Software Development Toolkit -- Object Vision Inc.
Qualcomm plans to release the 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. Qualcomm is also planning a developers' conference in 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; the Binary Runtime 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 extent to which any of the MOUs may result in binding definitive agreements or actual development of products, 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 and the BREW platform is adopted, 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.