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Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
January 7, 2013
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While we're accustomed to the buzzphrase "internet of things", AT&T and Qualcomm want to talk about the "internet of everything." In short, they're pairing up to offer a development platform that uses the latter's Gobi 3G modems and the former's wireless internet which will be used to test new applications. The duo are expecting developers to get their hands on the kit in the second quarter of the year, which probably means we'll be bombarded with intelligent refrigerators and cars at next year's CES.

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Qualcomm and AT&T Support Internet of Everything Development Platform

Plug-and-play Development Platform Based on Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.'s Gobi QSC6270-Turbo Integrated Chipset Enables Developers on the AT&T Wireless Network in the United States

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced an Internet of Everything (IoE) development platform, which is based on Qualcomm Technologies' QSC6270-Turbo chipset and supports Oracle's Java ME Embedded 3.2. This platform, which utilizes Qualcomm Technologies' industry leading Gobi™ modem solution for 3G, enables developers to accelerate development efficiency and decrease time-to-market for a wide range of applications and devices to connect to the AT&T mobile internet. AT&T and Qualcomm Technologies expect this IoE development platform to be available to developers in the second quarter of 2013.

This IoE development platform provides an ideal starting point for creating a range of cellular-connected products and applications for IoE verticals such as tracking, industrial controls and health care. With this platform being capable of supporting Oracle's Java ME Embedded 3.2 software release, developers with little mobile development experience can quickly go from concept to writing and executing Java applications directly on the QSC6270-Turbo chipset. In North America, this IoE development platform will be supported by AT&T, allowing developers to test their solutions and demonstrate functionality on a live network in the design and development phases, which can reduce complexity, cost and time for developers as they drive to get their solutions to market. With access to the various hardware interfaces and capabilities of the 3G modem via the application environment hosted on the QSC6270-Turbo chipset, developers can also customize and optimize end-product PCBs without the need for additional discreet processors or microcontrollers thus cost-effectively integrating cellular capabilities into a wider range of devices and solutions.

This IoE development platform includes several onboard sensors and indicators, including an accelerometer, light sensor and temperature sensor. The Java ME 3.2 software release, which can run on this platform, includes several new JSRs for IoE applications, as well as Device Access and AT Command Pass Through APIs that give developers access to a large number of chipset IOs and interfaces, such as GPIO, I2C and SPI. This platform also features support for cellular coverage for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA – 2100/1900/850 MHz – and quad-band GSM – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz – support, standalone GPS, as well as 2.4GHz Wi-Fi a/b/g/n via a Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. AR6103 module.

"This IoE development platform opens a world of opportunity for equipment makers who want to connect their devices to the mobile internet," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, emerging devices, AT&T. "Wireless connectivity makes products better, and this IoE development platform makes it easier for both existing and new AT&T developers to embed wireless into their products."

"Qualcomm Technologies sees the Internet of Everything as having significant potential. In addition to large IoE verticals like automotive and energy that have established industry players, application developers are key to creating future IoE verticals and applications that haven't even been thought of yet," says Kanwalinder Singh, senior vice president of business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "This IoE development platform with Java support is a tool to extend the power of our integrated chipsets to application developers. We are excited that AT&T shares our vision of a cellular-connected IoE, and by the opportunities that will be created by the AT&T developer community."

For more information on the IOE Development Platform please visit the Qualcomm booth at the AT&T Developer Summit or visit http://www.qualcomm.com/.

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