ORLANDO, Fla. -- March 18, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the introduction of the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform Application Programming Interface (API), denoted BREWapi, which will allow handset manufacturers and developers to more quickly and easily develop both embedded and downloadable components and BREW-based products. The new BREWapi will be incorporated initially in and delivered at no cost with the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM6050™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) chipset and system software.
BREWapi consists of a set of interfaces that enables manufacturers and developers to create wireless applications, including browsers and user interfaces, by offering easy and consistent access to MSM chip-level functions such as graphics and bitmap display support, position location information through the MSM's gpsOne™ technology, and the ability to play a music file or display a still image or an animation file.
"The BREWapi, an open, flexible and free-of-cost development platform for MSM chipsets, will make it much easier for both manufacturers and application developers to develop products that take advantage of the capabilities that the BREW platform and QCT's MSM system and application software enable," said Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By providing a consistent, freely accessible API structure, Qualcomm is helping open the door to the entire wireless community for broader participation in developing feature-rich applications and hardware, as well as providing the consumer with a wider range of options for communication and entertainment."
The MSM6050 chipset and system software is QCT's highly integrated next-generation CDMA2000 1X product, which will offer increased processing power in a mid-tier 3G solution that doubles system voice capacity over previous IS-95A/B solutions. The MSM6050 solution supports data rates of up to 153 kilobits per second (kbps), integrates QCT's radioOne™ Zero Intermediate Frequency (ZIF), or a direct conversion architecture, and supports Qualcomm's gpsOne Assisted Global Positioning System (AGPS) technology.
Beginning with the MSM6050 solution, samples of which are expected to ship by the end of March 2002, the new BREWapi will be available on all subsequent members of the MSM family of chipsets and system software.
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 chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the BREW applications platform; QChat™ push-to-talk technology; 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, 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 30, 2001, and most recent Form 10-Q.