IBM announced that QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, is taking advantage of open standards-based IBM eServers running Linux to support the company's BREW system. IBM systems help enable the BREW solution, which allows users to download a wide variety of wireless applications, mobile e-mail and messaging, games and ringtones.

With additional scalability and stability provided by the combination of IBM and Linux, QUALCOMM can extend the BREW-based wireless services to more users and key companies in the industry.

QUALCOMM is running Red Hat Linux version 7.3 on more than 200 clustered IBM eServer x335 systems. Based on IBM mainframe-class technology, the IBM x335s are high-performance, 2-way SMP servers that use Intel Xeon-Processors, allowing QUALCOMM to link together these low-cost servers in powerful clusters or computing grids.

The IBM clustered system runs IBM WebSphere Application Server and supports the BREW extranet – a virtual clearing-house to host the development and deployment of BREW-based applications. Thousands of application developers, content providers, device manufacturers and operators worldwide access the site to submit new applications to the BREW virtual marketplace. More than 72 million BREW-based applications have been downloaded worldwide to date.

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