Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), the leading provider of open software products and services for the communications industry, today announced that Qualcomm and Openwave have entered into a licensing agreement that will further promote the rapid advancement of 3G WCDMA (UMTS) handsets. Under this agreement, Qualcomm and Openwave will work together to port Openwave mobile browser and messaging software to select Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipsets, enabling a phone solution that builds on the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Launchpad™ suite. Openwave’s software will be integrated directly on top of Qualcomm’s BREW® solution to shorten design timelines and costs while providing an enhanced end-user experience across key applications. This solution will be available starting with Qualcomm’s MSM6250™ chipset solution to initially target WCDMA markets.
“With the industry-leading feature set of Openwave’s client software, handset manufacturers will be able to provide operators with flexible applications,” said Simon Wilkinson, senior vice president and general manager of the client software group at Openwave. “Openwave and Qualcomm have a shared commitment to deliver the best possible solutions and leverage our combined expertise to enable consistent and high-quality user experiences for next generation devices.”
“We are pleased to work with Openwave to provide an integrated client solution that addresses the rapid adoption of new 3G services and takes full advantage of the Launchpad features of our chipsets,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “This phone solution streamlines development efforts and accelerates time to market to significantly reduce the costs of 3G device development.”
Qualcomm will offer select components of Openwave Phone Suite Version 7 (V7), including Openwave Mobile Browser, with operator specific service extensions, along with Openwave SMS, EMS, MMS, PoC and IM clients. Qualcomm has also commissioned Openwave to develop BREW extensions, providing ease of development and design re-use across multiple handsets. Openwave clients will build on the Launchpad engines to deliver applications that provide operators with the flexibility to design customized user experience specifications — providing end users with an easy-to-use format that encourages increased usage of wireless multimedia.
The MSM6250 chipset supports Qualcomm’s Launchpad suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, including Qualcomm’s gpsOne™ solution, the world’s most broadly deployed assisted-GPS handset technology.
Qualcomm’s chipsets also support Qualcomm’s BREW ecosystem, which 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.
Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV) is the leading independent provider of open software products and services for the communications industry. Openwave’s breadth of products, including mobile phone software, multimedia messaging software (MMS), email, location and mobile gateways, along with its worldwide expertise enable its customers to deliver innovative and differentiated data services. Openwave is a global company headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information please visit www.openwave.com.
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This release contains forward-looking statements relating to expectations, plans or prospects for Openwave Systems Inc. that are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of Openwave’s management and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: (a) the ability to realize our strategic objectives by taking advantage of market opportunities in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; (b) the ability to make changes in business strategy, development plans and product offerings to respond to the needs of our current, new and potential customers, suppliers and strategic partners; (c) risks associated with the development and licensing of software generally, including potential delays in software development and technical difficulties that may be encountered in the development or use of our software; (d) technological changes and developments; (e) general risks of the Internet and wireless and wireline telecommunications sectors; and (f) the uncertain economic and political climate in the United States and throughout the rest of the world and the potential that such climate may deteriorate further.
For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including but not limited to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004 and subsequently filed reports. All documents also are available through the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov or from Openwave’s Web site at www.openwave.com. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this document.
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 2004 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 26, 2004, and most recent Form 10-Q.