QUALCOMM and Openwave Announce Agreement to Drive Global Advancement of 3G WCDMA (UMTS) Handsets


Solution Enables Faster Time to Market for Feature-Rich Devices

3GSM World Congress
QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Openwave Systems Inc, 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 the 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.