SAN DIEGO -- June 3, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today at the BREW 2002 Developers Conference announced the release of BDS 2002, which creates a virtual market for wireless applications and provides a turnkey distribution and billing system for those applications. BDS 2002, the second major release of the BREW Distribution System, includes significant enhancements for wireless service providers, device manufacturers and wireless application developers.
"Qualcomm offers a complete turnkey solution with the flexibility to allow service providers to manage as little or as much of the system as they choose, instead of a series of one-off, carrier-by-carrier distribution solutions pieced together with third-party products and custom development," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "BDS 2002 embodies key enhancements to the BREW Distribution System which we are making available now to BREW carriers."
BDS 2002 - Features for All Stakeholders
Inclusion of a BREW extension in developers' applications, can shorten application time to market, promote reuse of common functions, and facilitate optimal use of device memory. BDS 2002 supports two pricing models for extensions - a fixed fee to the using application or a percentage of the wholesale price of the using application. Extension management and pricing is completely transparent to consumers and wireless service providers.
BDS 2002 offers other significant features for the critical stakeholders - service providers, device manufacturers and wireless application developers.
For carriers, it employs a modular architecture for flexible processing of application transactions. This provides carriers with the option to host their own application transaction server to process BREW transaction data realtime. Another enhancement of BDS 2002 allows carriers to offer BREW-enabled data application services with both post-pay and pre-pay options, giving them greater flexibility to target more cost-conscious market segments. Flexibility has also been added to application catalog management. Now application category folders can be nested within folders and individual application titles can sit along side folders at the same level as category sub-folders.
For device manufacturers, BDS 2002 now includes a custom-designed OEM Extranet. Device manufacturers can download the latest versions of the BREW Porting Kit as soon as they are posted. The OEM Extranet also gives device makers easy online access to the BREW development tools as they write and test their own applications targeted for pre-loading on handsets. Finally, the OEM Extranet includes technical FAQs written specifically to answer device manufacturer questions.
Extranet enhancements of the BDS 2002 extend also to the Developer Extranet. Now BREW developers have access to more detailed reports on activities related to commercially deployed applications. Developers can drill down into their consolidated payment reports for detail on application downloads and payment specifics. This will enable them to better plan against anticipated revenues - a particularly important capability as developers find themselves with numerous applications out on the catalogs of multiple wireless carriers around the globe.
The OEM and Developer Extranet enhancements to BDS 2002 are available today. The wireless service provider features of BDS 2002 also are ready for deployment in a carrier's backend network today.
Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform is a thin application execution environment that provides an open, standard platform for wireless devices. The BREW platform is part of a complete, end-to-end solution for wireless applications development, device configuration, application distribution, and billing and payment. The complete BREW solution includes the BREW SDK™ (software development kit) for developers, the BREW applications platform and porting tools for device manufacturers, and the BREW Distribution System (BDS) that is controlled and managed by carriers - enabling them to easily get applications from developers to market and coordinate the billing and payment process. Carriers' BREW-based services will enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over the air from a carrier's application download server. The BREW platform is a product of Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS), a division within the Qualcomm Wireless&Internet (QWI) Group of Qualcomm Incorporated.
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 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 30, 2001, and most recent Form 10-Q.