Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Sony Pictures Digital, today announced that Sony Pictures Digital will develop games and applications, based on content from the library of Sony Pictures Entertainment, for Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW) platform. Sony Pictures Digital plans to offer favorite arcade classics like Q*bert and several games and entertainment applications based on the studio's latest hit films including XXX and Stuart Little 2. Other BREW applications currently available from Sony Pictures Digital include the popular game shows "Wheel of Fortune," "JEOPARDY!" and coming soon, "Pyramid."
"Qualcomm's BREW platform provides a clear and concise structure for Sony Pictures Digital to monetize our premium branded mobile games," said Rio Caraeff, vice president of wireless services for Sony Pictures Digital. "With the addition of BREW support to our game roadmap, we can deliver a rich experience to mobile consumers while helping us achieve our business goal of becoming a major mobile entertainment publisher."
"Sony Pictures Digital will provide subscribers to BREW-enabled services with an array of cherished entertainment properties that will appeal to all consumers," said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management, Qualcomm Internet Services. "We are excited that Sony Pictures Digital recognizes the BREW platform as the complete, cutting-edge solution for developing wireless content."
Sony Pictures Digital's offering of games and applications is currently available from several major U.S. carriers. For more information please visit www.sonypictures.com/mobile.
Deployments of the BREW solution continue as operators throughout the world join Verizon Wireless and ALLTEL in the United States, KTF in South Korea and KDDI in Japan in commercializing BREW-based services. Brasilcel, a joint venture between Spain's Telefonica Moviles and Portugal Telecom, plans to roll out BREW services to subscribers in Latin America in March 2003. U.S. Cellular has launched a BREW user trial and China Unicom announced its plans to launch BREW-based services in China in the first half of 2003. Thirty-two BREW-enabled handset models are already available to consumers worldwide, and 33 device manufacturers have indicated their interest in the BREW platform.
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 BREW Distribution System (BDS) that is controlled and managed by operators - enabling them to easily get applications from developers to market and coordinate the billing and payment process. Operators' BREW-based services will enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over the air from an operators' 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.
Sony Pictures Digital, an operating unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), oversees the activities of SPE's digital production and online assets including Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Online Entertainment and Sony Pictures Digital Networks, which includes SoapCity, Screenblast, the studio's online promotional arm SPiN, and the UK interactive television service GoPlayTV. Sony Pictures Digital focuses on three areas: 1) producing and developing visual effects, digital character animation and full-length CG motion pictures; 2) developing new forms of online content, games and interactive programming; and 3) leading SPE's efforts to provide online, open-access video-on-demand, interactive and wireless entertainment.
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 the S&P 500 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 solution 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, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.