SAN DIEGO -- May 8, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced an agreement with VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN), the leading provider of Internet trust services, to integrate VeriSign's enhanced code-signing service to ensure that Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform developers are authenticated and their applications are not infected by viruses. The BREW platform provides wireless applications developers with an open, standard platform upon which to develop their products. By providing evidence tracing an application to its developer, and by checking the application's integrity and authorization prior to every launch, VeriSign and Qualcomm intend to deter the creation of malicious code and ensure that mobile users can safely download BREW applications. This VeriSign solution incorporates digital signatures representing a level of authentication of the signing party, and an authorizing counter-signature with real-time revocation checking.
"Qualcomm's work with VeriSign will ensure that carriers and their subscribers receive BREW applications only from authenticated sources, therefore protecting the handsets and carrier networks," said Gina Lombardi, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm Internet Services. "By digitally signing every BREW application we are taking wireless security to a level unprecedented even in the wired world."
"The next generation of code signing takes established code signing processes and builds upon them, with support for multi-level digital signatures, real-time validation of certificates and strong audit trails, bringing to market the most advanced code and content signing solution," said Mahi de Silva, vice president of Applied Trust Services for VeriSign. "Millions of mobile devices, powered by the BREW platform, will be protected from fraud and malicious applications through this service."
More information about BREW is available athttp://brew.qualcomm.com.
VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of trusted infrastructure services to web sites, enterprises, electronic commerce service providers and individuals. The Company's domain name, digital certificate and payment services provide the critical web identity, authentication and transaction infrastructure that online businesses require to conduct secure e-commerce and communications. VeriSign's services are available through its Web site (www.verisign.com) or through its direct sales force and reseller partners around the world.
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 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 2001 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 Qualcomm'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 Qualcomm serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in Qualcomm's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 24, 2000, and most recent Form 10-Q.