Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies and ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that ACCESS' i-mode Global Profile, a profile in ACCESS' NetFront™ Mobile Client Suite, will be supported on Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) chipset solutions. The availability of ACCESS' i-mode Global Profile solution on select MSM chipsets provides device manufacturers with accelerated entry into the global i-mode market and ensures a wide variety of next-generation devices for i-mode operators.
“Enabling ACCESS' i-mode Global Profile solution for Qualcomm's popular MSM chipsets delivers a significant new opportunity for mobile device manufacturers to enter the i-mode market,” said Toru Arakawa, president and chief executive officer of ACCESS. “We're pleased to collaborate with Qualcomm to support a rich, useful and consistent end-user experience for i-mode subscribers.”
“We're excited to work with ACCESS to provide a solution that further advances the deployment and adoption of new 3G handsets and services, while maximizing the full benefits of our Launchpad multimedia suite,” said Luis Pineda, senior vice president marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “This solution significantly streamlines development requirements for device manufacturers to greatly expand the worldwide availability of i-mode-based WCDMA handset models.”
Qualcomm and ACCESS are working together to optimize and port ACCESS' i-mode Global Profile solution to select MSM chipsets. The i-mode solution will be built entirely on Qualcomm's Open BREWapi™ software. Support for the solution will initially be available on the MSM6250™ chipset, part of Qualcomm's Multimedia Platform of single-chip solutions that deliver engaging multimedia devices and applications. Other chips in the Multimedia and Enhanced Multimedia Platforms are also planned to support i-mode. ACCESS' i-mode Global solution will be available directly from ACCESS to handset manufacturers.
Multimedia and Enhanced Platform chipsets support the 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.
The Multimedia and Enhanced Multimedia Platform chipsets also support the BREW® solution 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™) which can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW client.
The i-mode Global Profile is one profile in ACCESS' NetFront Mobile Client Suite. NetFront Mobile Client Suite takes phoneware to new levels of efficiency and functionality by providing an integrated, customizable user-interface architecture, advanced browser, multimedia messaging client (MMS), Java™ support and more. Leveraging ACCESS' extensive mobile technology experience, NetFront Mobile Client Suite is a highly integrated, flexible, modular and extensible solution that dramatically reduces development time and costs, allowing manufacturers to rapidly introduce advanced new mobile devices to markets throughout the world.
ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies to the beyond-PC market. Its NetFront browser, widely recognized as one of the most advanced Internet browsers in the world, is a cornerstone to the Company's vision of making the ubiquitous Internet a reality. NetFront technologies are delivering full Internet browsing and related services to next-generation mobile devices and consumer electronics ranging from digital TV to automobile telematics. For more information: www.access.co.jp or www.access-us-inc.com.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 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.