Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Beatnik, Inc., a leading provider of structured audio software solutions for mobile devices, today announced the ability to support playback of synthetic music mobile application format (SMAF) content through each company’s audio software offerings. Qualcomm’s Compact Media Extensions™ (CMX™) solution, Release 4.2, and Beatnik’s mobileBAE™ audio engine will both support playback of Synthetic music Mobile Application Format (SMAF) content in addition to other audio file formats.
Both the Qualcomm and Beatnik solutions provide wireless operators and content providers with increased revenue-generating opportunities by delivering the latest audio content formats as well as supporting existing audio or multimedia formats, while allowing consumers to preserve their investment in existing content libraries.
"The ability to support playback of SMAF content through Qualcomm’s CMX offering is a significant achievement for Qualcomm," said Luis Pineda, vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "This gives our manufacturer and operator partners the flexibility to select the MIDI-based solution of their choice and still reassure content providers that legacy content will not be made obsolete."
"Beatnik has taken a leadership role in specifying and implementing open standards-based audio solutions for the wireless industry," said Jeremy Copp, chief sales officer of Beatnik. "Not only does the Beatnik Audio Engine deliver to the market a 3GPP compliant audio solution but it also provides handset manufacturers with a complete audio subsystem that allows the playback of existing SMAF content."
With the Qualcomm or the Beatnik software solutions, content providers will no longer be tied to a specific vendor’s solution as their content is now capable of playback on a wider range of devices. The Beatnik Audio Engine is licensed by the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers and is currently shipping in a wide range of phone products. To date, more than 40 million CMX-enabled wireless products are commercially available and are supported by more than 50 CMX-based content providers. Qualcomm’s CMX solution — fully integrated into the Company’s Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets — enables wireless devices to project voice, music, text, graphics and animation simultaneously with capability for 72-polyphony, 128-instrument music. Wireless devices enabled with the CMX software allow users to customize their handsets with family pictures, animated screensavers, and personalized ring tones. The CMX solution is part of Qualcomm’s Launchpad™ suite of technologies, which encompasses advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage capabilities.
Qualcomm’s chipsets include access to Qualcomm’s BREW™ solution. The BREW system enables the development and monetization of advanced applications and content, allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services and increase revenues. Qualcomm’s chipsets are also compatible with the Java® runtime environment; J2ME™ can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.
Beatnik’s mobileBAE audio engine provides a complete audio subsystem for wireless devices, incorporating a wavetable-based synthesizer and sequencer, digital audio player, mixer and sample rate converter. The flexible pure software solution allows handset manufacturers to configure the audio capability of their devices to support any degree of polyphony and deliver a high-fidelity audio experience based upon real instrument, vocal and sound effect samples. Beatnik’s mobileBAE enables game, multimedia messaging, music clip delivery and polyphonic ringtone applications on the phone to provide an enhanced user experience through the real time generation of audio.
MobileBAE provides support for the key open standard audio file formats SPMIDI and Mobile XMF, both of which were co-developed by Beatnik and subsequently adopted by the wireless industry through 3GPP. As well as enabling rich audio content to be delivered across a broad spectrum of devices, mobileBAE provides audio services compatible with the J2ME Mobile Media API, allowing downloadable Java applications to generate dynamic, interactive sounds.
Beatnik, Inc. (www.beatnik.com) licenses scalable, standards-based structured audio software solutions for mobile devices, which enable rich multimedia content delivery and an enhanced user experience for games and device interaction. Beatnik markets its core software technology and audio content development tools to mobile device manufacturers and a community of creative professionals. Incorporated in 1996, Beatnik was founded by musician and composer Thomas Dolby Robertson.
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 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, 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 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.