SAN DIEGO -- June 4, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the second major release of its Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) client software and BREW SDK (software development kit). Dubbed BREW 2.0, the new client software and accompanying BREW SDK add increased security features to enable more robust m-commerce activities, expanded functionality for wireless Internet activities, and richer multimedia and graphics capabilities. The BREW 2.0 client software and SDK were announced today at the BREW 2002 Developers Conference being held in San Diego, Calif.
"Qualcomm is working to continually expand the capabilities of the BREW platform - offering mobile customers Internet features they have come to rely on in the PC-centric world, as well as the unparalleled features available only on mobile devices," said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm Internet Services. "With BREW 2.0, developers can create applications that allow BREW-service subscribers to conduct secure business and banking transactions, tap into more extensive location-based information, and view richer graphics and multimedia content."
Increased Security Features for m-Commerce
BREW 2.0 builds on the security features in earlier BREW platform releases to further differentiate the BREW platform as a powerfully secure platform for the wireless market. BREW 2.0 adds SSL and HTTPS support to ensure safe m-commerce transactions for customers conducting shopping, banking or stock transactions.
Expanded Wireless Internet Experience
With BREW 2.0, consumers will be able to take advantage of expanded wireless Internet features, including HTML-based capabilities, short message service (SMS) and location-based applications. BREW 2.0 includes new HTML, XHTML and cHTML browser components to allow developers to access browser features for specific applications or to create full wireless Internet browsers on the BREW platform quickly and easily. New SMS capabilities allow users to send and receive messages from applications on BREW-enabled handsets. BREW 2.0 also expands the gpsOne™ support available in earlier BREW platform releases to allow enhanced location-based applications.
Enriched Graphics and Multimedia Support
BREW 2.0 adds new graphics and multimedia functionality, improving on BREW's already efficient and powerful graphics technology for mobile applications. New features include support for JPEG, CMX, double buffering and sprites. Additionally, developers can add viewers as extensions to support new media types. BREW 2.0 also features a new audio record feature, perfect for enabling customers to record voice attachments for emails or to create personalized ringtones.
Easier Porting for Various Devices
Beyond increasing application development capabilities, BREW 2.0 also improves manufacturer efficiency in porting the BREW platform on a variety of devices - especially memory-constrained devices such as wireless modem cards and low-priced, entry-level handsets. Using a table-driven compiling option, device manufacturers can easily remove advanced BREW components and select only the essential BREW components for memory-constrained devices, while still maintaining a consistent and standard BREW implementation.
The first version of the BREW 2.0 porting kit for device manufacturers is available now, and handsets incorporating the BREW 2.0 client software are expected to hit the market by early next year. Developers interested in reviewing the first release of the BREW 2.0 SDK can download it now from the BREW Web site athttp://brew.qualcomm.com.
Qualcomm's 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 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.