What is Brew?
Brew stands for Binary Runtime
Environment for Wireless™ developed by Qualcomm. Binary Runtime
Environment for Wireless (BREW) is a standard environment for
applications development for wireless handsets running over code
division multiple access (CDMA) technology and using QUALCOMM chipsets The BREW application
developer’s most important tool is the BREW Software Development Kit
Features Of Brew
Today’s mobile users expect more features from their mobile
devices, which range from very high-end integrated mobile PDA to
mass-market mobile phones that focus on low cost and easy operation.
While there has been much enthusiasm surrounding the possibility of
leveraging high-speed ASIC technology to bring new application functionality even to low-cost devices, the actual task has been
complicated by cost and size factors related to integrating the
high-end operating systems seemingly required to host such
Mass-market devices are often characterized by proprietary
solutions that support unique sets of services and interfaces.
Although most of these devices share the same underlying environment,
proprietary layers above the ASIC have discouraged the development of
generic applications that can be leveraged across offerings from
The BREW platform's growing popularity among the world's leading
wireless carriers and handset manufacturers, along with its active
international community of top game publishers and developers, has
stimulated the rise of a promising market opportunity. People are
paying for compelling content, and games are some of the most popular.
Originally, BREW was Qualcomm's internal technology for developing
embedded software for their own handsets. Now, it has been made
available to anyone interested in wireless development. BREW is
actually three things: a hardware platform, a C/C++ SDK, and a
distribution model.For the hardware platform, BREW requires an ARM CPU-based chipset.
ARM processors are very popular among portable device makers because
of their hefty computing capabilities and low power consumption. ARM
chips have been used in many popular devices, including Microsoft's PocketPC and Nintendo's GameBoy Advance. Qualcomm has designed several
tiers of chipsets offering increasing levels of speed and features for
For more details refer to www.qualcomm.com