Wavecom's Open MMI Makes Mobile Phone Customisation Easy

Latest Development Tool of Wireless Open Workshop (WOW!) Gives Mobile Phone Manufacturers Greater Flexibility.
Cannes, France-February 18, 2003

Wavecom SA (Nasdaq: WVCM; Euronext Nouveau Marché: 7306) today announced the launch of Open MMI, a new embedded software development tool from Wavecom's Wireless Open Workshop (WOW!). Wireless Open Workshop is a complete suite of software, hardware, development tools and services - all in an environment that is both open and integrated.

Based on Wavecom’s open software environment MUSE Platform, Open MMI enables mobile phone manufacturers to easily customise or develop feature-rich applications and user interfaces and quickly bring them to market. A comprehensive, Windows-based development tool, Open MMI includes powerful MMI engines, a mature GSM/GPRS core software, reference source code and a comprehensive set of PC tools and add-on features within a single environment. It provides a fast, easy and sure way for product designers and manufacturers to develop or customise user interfaces, from conception right through to production. Products are quickly given the unique, feature-rich looks needed to stand out from the competition.

Open MMI offers two avenues for developers: firstly, an existing user interface can be customised using Wavecom’s MMI Maker for PC, a user-friendly graphical environment that allows handset makers to add or change images, melodies, fonts, languages and other resource files, as well as to create or modify the menu structure of the interface using simple drag and drop techniques. Unique to Wavecom, MMI Maker allows handset manufacturers to download new resources independently of the main software and customise the interface without recompiling or downloading the MMI software, which significantly reduces time-to-market. Alternatively, new interfaces and features can be developed based upon Open MMI’s proven protocol stack, with the option to integrate drivers to support new peripheral devices or features.

Using Open MMI, customers can choose to develop features themselves or, if they prefer, select “ready-made” applications available from Wavecom’s partners. For example, a range of high-quality games provided by BeTomorrow allows customers to integrate exciting content with sophisticated colour graphics, without extra development efforts. Similarly, a state-of-the-art predictive text input application developed by ZI Corporation has been integrated into Open MMI, enabling handset manufacturers to provide end-users with this sophisticated feature without increasing development time and time-to-market.

Guy Lanrezac, Marketing Director at Wavecom, underlines the advantage of the new platform to manufacturers: "Mobile manufacturers are under ever increasing pressure to bring product upgrades to market - in some cases, the market demands a new handset every month. The MUSE Platform Open MMI represents the best chance these companies have of keeping pace with demanding customers, while ensuring that their products meet their needs. Importantly, right up to manufacture, they are able to add new features in response to evolving demands. For the first time, our customers will enjoy the chance to produce different versions of their core product offering without having to invest in extensive development work themselves."

One of the first customers to use open MMI is the Korean handset maker Pantech. Commenting on the company's experience of the MUSE Platform Open MMI, Kyu Soo Chung, Managing Director of Pantech's GSM R&D Division, said: "As a key test site for Open MMI, we have been very impressed by how easily we were able to incorporate the new tool into our product development. We are looking forward to building upon our established reputation for meeting the needs of our customers, delivering new and innovative applications with the help of Open MMI."

MUSE Platform Open MMI and MMI Maker will be demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress 2003 in Cannes, Hall 1, booth B25.