Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and LG Electronics (LGE), today announced plans to develop new handsets to support Qualcomm’s BREWChat push-to-chat solution. BREWChat enables one-to-one and one-to-many communication between subscribers at the push of a button and was designed to seamlessly upgrade to and interoperate with QChat®. LG Electronics plans to make a variety of push-to-chat enabled handsets available to operators in different regions around the world.
"The growing popularity of urgent communications among consumer and business users continues to drive momentum in the push-to-chat market and operators are seeking more choices in push-to-chat phones to take advantage of this market opportunity," said Michael Wallace, vice president of partner relations, Qualcomm Internet Services. "Qualcomm is very pleased to work with LG Electronics to provide operators with a growing selection of BREWChat-enabled handsets."
"By adding BREWChat capabilities to our line of wireless handsets, we are opening the door to new revenue opportunities for operators," said Jae-Gyung Ham, vice president of CDMA marketing, LG Electronics. "We look forward to working with Qualcomm to integrate its industry leading BREWChat technology as another way to diversify our product line."
BREWChat is the first commercially available version of Qualcomm’s push-to-chat solution. BREWChat carries the same features of its root technology, Qualcomm’s QChat solution, but was specifically designed for CDMA2000® 1X Release 0 networks. BREWChat enables operators to leverage their CDMA and BREW investments without having to upgrade their networks. BREWChat offers exceptional call set-up performance and bandwidth savings to operators. Trials have been conducted and are currently planned around the world. QChat, which will be commercially available on CDMA2000 1X Rev. A networks, offers faster performance capabilities.
BREWChat 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 solution and offers dynamic, over-the-air upgrades of handset software, management of group membership by subscribers and ad-hoc creation of chat groups.
LG Electronics (Korea Stock Exchange: 6657.KS), established in 1958 as Korea’s pioneer consumer electronics company, is a major global force in Electronics and Information and Communications products. More than 55,000 employees working in 76 overseas subsidiaries and marketing units around the world strengthen LG Electronics’ core competencies in three main business areas: Digital Appliance, Digital Display & Media, and Telecommunication Equipment & Handset. LG Electronics’ goal is to enable the intelligent networking of digital products that will make consumers’ lives easier than ever. For more information, please visit www.lgusa.com.
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 the BREW solution is deployed and 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 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.