SAN DIEGO -- October 17, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that Insignia's Mobile Foundation, a complete Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME™) environment for mobile devices written as an extension to Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW), can now be downloaded over the air (OTA) and automatically provisioned on a BREW-enabled handset. The BREW platform is already commercially deployed on approximately 2.5 million handsets that have been activated by users. This significant momentum, combined with the Insignia Solutions milestone, means wireless operators interested in offering Java-language applications can now take advantage of the complete BREW solution on devices that did not include a MIDP-compliant virtual machine (VM) at the factory.
Insignia Solutions will be giving live demos of OTA provisioning of its Insignia Mobile Foundation in the Qualcomm BREW Partner Pavilion (Booth #1812) at CTIA Wireless I.T.&Internet 2002 trade show in Las Vegas, October 16-18.
"Working with Insignia, Qualcomm has achieved a significant milestone in our efforts to establish the BREW solution as the best and only true choice for operators looking to deploy data application services quickly and inexpensively," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "Since we announced our BREW platform in 2001, we have maintained that BREW is an enabling solution for J2ME and Java-based wireless applications. This milestone dramatically pays off that promise."
"Qualcomm continues to work with top Sun licensees to bring a variety of VM choices to the industry, giving interested carriers both pre-installed and in-the-field VM provisioning capabilities," Johnson said. "Handsets with BREW-optimized VMs, such as the one developed by the outstanding work of our partners at Insignia, mean that carriers can select from among the best applications, no matter what language they are developed in."
The BREW Distribution System (BDS) is designed to enable the BREW application download server in an operator's network to recognize that a handset needs a VM extension to run Java-language applications. As a result, the Insignia VM BREW extension downloads automatically with the first Java-language application a user seeks to download. On subsequent Java-based application downloads, the BDS recognizes that the BREW handset already has a VM extension and only downloads the requested Java-based application.
In this intelligent provisioning solution from Qualcomm, the end user does not need to know whether the application they wish to download is a native C/C++ BREW application or a Java-based BREW application. The initial downloading of the VM is transparent to the end user and happens very quickly over CDMA2000 1X networks. Insignia's VM extension for BREW is approximately 450KB.
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™ (software development kit) for developers, the BREW applications platform and porting tools for device manufacturers, and the 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. 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.