Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that it will be demonstrating downloadable wireless data applications currently being developed on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform at EXPOCOMM WIRELESS JAPAN 2002, being held July 17-19 at Tokyo Big Site. The demonstration will take place in Qualcomm's booth #1013. As it further expands the BREW community in Japan, Qualcomm will showcase the advantages of BREW-enabled products and services to conference attendees including wireless operators, device manufacturers and application developers.
Working with 10 leading application providers, Qualcomm will exhibit BREW-based mobile applications, such as a 3D engine, streaming video, instant messaging, character messaging, MIDI arranger, animation engine, SVG player and groupware, all featuring enhanced interactivity, real-time functionality and downloadability. Following is a list of application providers and the BREW-based applications to be exhibited at EXPOCOMM Wireless Japan 2002:
- ActiveSky K.K.: SMIL Player
- Fujitsu Limited: Instant Messaging Service
- generationPIX, Inc.: Streaming Video
- HI Corporation: 3D Graphics Engine and sample content
- KDDI R&D Laboratories, Inc.: Map information distribution using an SVG Player
- K Laboratory Co., Ltd.: Animation demonstration using SWF
- MEDIA SOCKET, Inc.: Multimedia Messaging Service
- M-Zone Co., Ltd.: MIDI Arranger
- NEC Corp.: Stand-by screen-based weather information distribution
- SHOEISHA Co., Ltd.: BREW SEARCH (tentative nomination) Stand-by screen-typed news distribution service
The BREW Solution in Japan
In order to address the increasing interest for the complete BREW solution in Japan, Qualcomm has launched a BREW Web site in Japanese (www.qualcomm.com/brew/jp/). The Web site offers abundant information and resources related to the BREW solution, including the Japanese version of the BREW SDK™ (software development kit), training and support information for BREW application developers, an overview of wireless operators and device manufacturers that have deployed BREW-enabled products and services. Visitors can also get the latest BREW news and seminar information. Japanese consumers currently are able to experience first hand the benefits of BREW-enabled products and services.
In March 2002, KDDI, Japan's leading wireless operator, launched pre-installed BREW-based applications on the Panasonic C3003P handset. The handset, manufactured by Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd, features BREW applications including NAVITIME's Map Viewer, which uses Qualcomm's gpsOne™ position location technology to provide real-time location coordinates and mapped destination routes; and the K Laboratory "Kyara Komyu," short message service with 3D animation.
The BREW platform enables dynamic inter-application operations and features compact, high-performance programs created with native-code programming using the C/C++ language, which are commonly used by application developers. Unlike conventional wireless Internet services that depend on http-based communications via carriers' gateway servers, the BREW solution enables true TCP/IP-based end-to-end wireless data services.
The BREW Solution Around the WorldMore than one million end-users around the world have purchased and activated BREW-enabled handsets since November 2001. Deployments of the BREW solution are expected to increase dramatically over the next year as carriers throughout the world join KTF in South Korea, KDDI in Japan and Verizon Wireless in the United States in commercializing BREW-based services. Telesp Celular, the largest mobile phone operator in Brazil, has announced its plans for a BREW user trial. ALLTEL, with more than 10 million customers in the United States, also announced its agreement with Qualcomm, signaling the carrier's intent to launch its BREW-based service by the end of 2002. The global outlook for Qualcomm's BREW initiative is promising as 16 carriers worldwide have indicated support for the BREW solution and developers and handset manufacturers continue to embrace the platform.
Since the commercial launch in November 2001 of KTF's BREW-based magic n multipack™ service has garnered more than 1 million users, more than 350 applications and 16 BREW-enabled handsets. KTF revealed that its average revenue per user (ARPU) significantly grew with the BREW service to 45,849 Won, compared to 27,780 Won with its 2G service. Verizon Wireless commercially launched its BREW service in San Diego on March 18, 2002, and followed with its nationwide launch on June 17.
The BREW Solution
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.
(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.