Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it has signed non-binding memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with two additional device manufacturers interested in the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform. Hanwha and Synertek join a growing list of manufacturers planning to port the BREW application execution environment to wireless handheld devices. The BREW platform benefits manufacturers by accelerating their time to market and helping them easily differentiate their products with customized applications.
"With the availability of commercial BREW-enabled services approaching in the next few months, OEMs understand the significance of introducing BREW-enabled devices," said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing, product management and OEM relations, Qualcomm Internet Services. "Manufacturers using the BREW platform also face far fewer internal application development and integration challenges. We are excited about these two great companies joining many other device makers, carriers and developers working with Qualcomm on the BREW initiative."
More than 3,300 developers have downloaded the free BREW Software Development KitTM (SDK) since its introduction on May 14, 2001. The following wireless application developers join a long list of developers that have previously announced they are creating applications to run on the BREW platform:
- Design and Animation - REZN8
- Wireless E-mail and Internet Applications and Services - OmniSky
- Financial Services - Mobilians
- Location-Based - Portable Internet
- Situation-sensitive Services - Transient Wireless Technology, Inc.
- Solutions for End-to-End Embedded Applications - IBM
- Wireless Strategic Consulting - Brauning
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 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.