Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced BREWChat, its push-to-chat solution, is planned for commercial availability in the first quarter of 2004. Built on Qualcomm's QChat® technology, BREWChat enables person-to-person and person-to-group communication between subscribers at the push of a button. BREWChat will be demonstrated live on Hutchison CAT's CDMA2000 1X network, at 3G World Congress, Nov. 3-7, in Booth S8 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
BREWChat carries the same features of its root technology, Qualcomm's QChat solution, but was specifically designed for CDMA2000 1X Release 0 networks. BREWChat offers superior call set-up performance and bandwidth savings to operators. Trials have been conducted and are currently planned around the world. BREWChat is designed to seamlessly upgrade to and interoperate with QChat, soon to be available on Release A CDMA2000 1X networks, which offers faster performance capabilities.
"BREWChat takes advantage of the high data speed and bandwidth efficiency benefits inherent in CDMA to deliver a fast and very efficient push-to-chat solution for operators with 3G CDMA2000 1X networks," said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services. "BREWChat will give operators who offer BREW-enabled services an added opportunity to leverage their investment. Since BREWChat runs on top of the BREW platform, integration with other applications and services is easy and allows updates of software over the air."
BREWChat provides an end to end solution that enables push-to-chat communications and includes client software for wireless devices and a sophisticated distributed server platform that provides scalable, highly efficient and reliable services.
REWChat uses standard voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) technologies to enable quick push-to-chat functionality on 3G CDMA wireless devices and networks. The BREWChat client software is written as an application for Qualcomm's BREW™ platform and offers dynamic, over-the-air upgrades of handset software, management of group membership by subscribers and ad-hoc creation of chat groups.
BREWChat and QChat are products of the Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS) division and Qualcomm Wireless&Internet (QWI) group of Qualcomm. Qualcomm's contract with Nextel Communications Inc. (NXTL) leverages both companies' unique experiences to create the high quality, spectrally efficient QChat technology.
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 is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company 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 extent and speed to which is the BREW platform and BREWChat services are deployed, 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.