SAN DIEGO -- April 5, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that the Hewlett Packard (HP) MicroChaiVM, an embedded software environment for running applications developed for the Java™ platform, was integrated onto four BREW™-enabled handsets in just three weeks. The integration work was conducted in March prior to the demonstration of over-the-air downloads of the MicroChaiVM at CTIA Wireless 2001, illustrating that Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) software platform can complement other execution environments.
HP initially integrated the MicroChaiVM onto a Kyocera handset that Qualcomm had BREW-enabled. Subsequently, Qualcomm installed the MicroChaiVM on BREW-enabled versions of a second Kyocera handset model and prototype color-display handsets manufactured by Samsung and Denso Corp. Qualcomm put the MicroChaiVM and an application written for the Java platform on its test download server and began testing over-the-air downloads across the Verizon network the weekend before CTIA Wireless 2001.
"We were driving across the desert from San Diego to Las Vegas on the Sunday before CTIA Wireless 2001 and downloading the MicroChaiVM to a BREW-enabled Kyocera handset - it was great!" said Steve Sprigg, vice president of engineering for Qualcomm Internet Services.
The BREW platform is a very thin applications environment for wireless devices. It provides applications developers with an open, standard platform upon which to develop their products. Because the BREW platform provides a standard environment, software developers can simply integrate their applications to the BREW platform once, eliminating the need to modify applications for each new device model.
HP MicroChaiVM was developed for use in extremely resource-constrained devices such as wireless handsets, pagers, personal digital assistants and point-of-sale terminals. The small memory footprint is complemented by HP's patent pending ChaiFreezeDry technology, which allows Java applications to run in a concentrated form, reducing the memory required to support the application by up to 90 percent.
"Our decision to port our MicroChaiVM to the BREW platform was validated very quickly," said William Woo, general manager of HP's Embedded Software Operation. "By porting our virtual machine to the BREW platform, we immediately gained access to multiple devices. This will benefit our efforts to work with developers writing applications for the Java platform as they seek to take advantage of the markets that will open up when carriers roll out BREW-enabled services."
"We were impressed with the speed and ease with which the MicroChaiVM fit into the BREW environment," said Peggy Johnson, senior vice president of Qualcomm and general manager of Qualcomm Internet Services. "HP's ChaiFreezeDry technology makes it practical to use the MicroChaiVM even on handsets with limited memory. Further, our ability to quickly begin downloading HP's virtual machine after the integration process was completed, shows that the BREW platform's download capability can enable easy distribution of both applications and sophisticated virtual machines."
Qualcomm also will be demonstrating with HP the MicroChaiVM software running on the BREW platform in Booth #2326 at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), April 9-13, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The two companies will again be demonstrating MicroChaiVM running on the BREW platform at Qualcomm's "BREW 2001: Developer&3G Technology Conference," May 8-10, in San Diego. Developers can register for this conference at www.brew2001.com while space is still available.
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 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 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.