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Sophia Cradle Releases the World's Only Compression Technology for BREW Applications

Leading the compression industry for BREW applications by succeeding in reducing size of a compiled program by half


KYOTO — November 26, 2003 — Sophia Cradle Incorporated (Headquarter: Kyoto; CEO: Kazunori Sugiyama), an innovative developer of mobile phone software, today announced the release of a free evaluation version of SophiaCompress, a new compression technology for BREW [*1] that reduces size of a program by 50 per cent. Full version will be released in January 2004.

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In response to the demand by leading game makers and mobile phone Internet content providers who adopted the previously-released Java version of the compression technology SophiaCompress(Java)[*2], Sophia Cradle has developed the BREW version called SophiaCompress(BREW). It compresses a ".mod" file, a compiled BREW program, by fifty per cent making the size of the compressed ".mod" file half of the original size. This product is the first and the only technology developed in the world as a compression tool for BREW programs.

Below is a table that shows how SophiaCompress(BREW) performs with six sample BREW applications that are included in the SophiaFramework [*3] package. It proves that the average rate of compression for those sample applications is fifty per cent.

Name of BREW Application Before After Compress Rate
FrameworkDemo 43,192 Bytes 21,810 Bytes 50%
HelloWorld 27,624 Bytes 15,231 Bytes 45%
Cartoon 36,240 Bytes 19,051 Bytes 47%
Calculator 72,984 Bytes 34,900 Bytes 52%
Scheduler 98,732 Bytes 47,803 Bytes 52%
AddressBook 108,592 Byte 50,219 Byte 54%

The compression rate is calculated as: (size after compression) / (size before compression)

Pricing and Availability
SophiaCompress(BREW) free evaluation version: Limited offer from November 27, 2003. Please apply at /english/form/trial_scb.html. Full version of SophiaCompress(BREW) will be available from January 2004.



[*1] Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW)

The standard of mobile phone software developed by QUALCOMM Incorporated, released in January 2001. BREW applications work fast no matter what the underlying system software in the handset is. A user can download a compiled BREW application from the Internet and use it with any BREW-enabled handset. The worldwide spread of BREW is so remarkable that there are many network operators that provide BREW services, including Japan's KDDI which started offering it in February 2003.

[*2] SophiaCompress(BREW)

A compression tool for BREW applications, released by Sophia Cradle Incorporated in November 2003. It supports BREW-enabled handsets of all carriers in Japan: NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Vodafone. SophiaCompress(BREW) has been adopted by major content providers and game makers for top-selling applications.

[*3] SophiaFramework

Middleware released by Sophia Cradle in August 2002. It runs on BREW and consists of three layers - graphical user interface (GUI), C++ utility library and C++ wrappers. Enables easily-handled GUI and effective development of high-quality BREW applications. Used in many official Ez Appli (BREW) applications by KDDI already.

More about SophiaFramework: /english/products/sophiaframework/index.html

* Trademarks associated with QUALCOMM Incorpotated and BREW are trademarks and registered trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated.

About Sophia Cradle

Sophia Cradle Incorporated is a mobile phone software developer which currently specializes in BREW C++, GUI middleware and mobile Java. Founded in 2002, Sophia Cradle aims to render services to the improvement of everyone's quality of life by creating innovative mobile Internet technology. For more information about Sophia Cradle, please visit www.s-cradle.com/english/.