SAN DIEGO -- June 14, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that its Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform has been awarded the 2001 CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Innovative Solutions. This was awarded by the CDMA Development Group (CDG) during the 6th Annual CDMA World Congress in Hong Kong this week. Qualcomm's BREW platform was recognized for its significant contribution towards the advancement of wireless technology and CDMA networks. The BREW platform is developed and supported by Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS), a division of Qualcomm focusing on wireless Internet applications and services deployment.
The BREW platform is a thin applications environment that provides an open, standard platform for wireless devices. The BREW platform allows rapid development of a wide variety of applications that users will be able to download from carrier networks over the air onto any BREW-enabled phone.
Before the BREW platform, wireless handset applications were tied to specific handset models and software development was virtually closed to third-party software developers. With the BREW platform as a standard programming environment, software developers can simply integrate their applications to the BREW platform once, effectively eliminating the need to modify applications for each new device model.
"Qualcomm deserves to be applauded for its efforts in accelerating the adoption of useful wireless Internet applications and services on CDMA networks worldwide," said Perry La Forge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group. "CDG recognizes the contribution Qualcomm is making to the improvement of CDMA services through its development and deployment of the BREW platform."
"We appreciate CDG's recognition of Qualcomm's efforts in providing a platform for the creation and execution of compelling, useful software and services," said Paul Jacobs, executive vice president of Qualcomm.
BREW services are scheduled to be commercially launched by the end of 2001. Korea Telecom Freetel (KTF) in Korea, KDDI in Japan and Verizon Wireless in the United States will be the first carriers to roll out BREW services.
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 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.