Qualcomm buys Trigenix

US-based Qualcomm has acquired the Cambridge, UK-based user interface development tools software vendor Trigenix for $36 million in cash.

The acquisition provides Qualcomm with Trigenix’s user interface technologies, products and tools that enable developers to customise wireless devices.

The acquisition of the Trigenix software will complement the BREW 3.1 client software and BREW 1.0 Toolkit that Qualcomm already offers. These packages give manufacturers the ability to develop an entire user interface for a phone, branded to suit individual operator’s and manufacturer’s requirements.

The BREW solution also permits secure, periodic over-the-air (OTA) updates, allowing an operator to “push” new content to the user interface, such as branding refreshes and marketing promotions, as well as providing periodic software updates or feature upgrades to a handset.

Adding the capabilities of Trigenix technologies, including the Trigenix Trigplayer, will provide Qualcomm’s customers with an expanded development tool set that will allow them to custom build core phone functions like address books, messaging menus, navigation methods, colour schemes and icon styles.

Trigenix was founded in 2000 with venture funding from 3i, a leading European venture capital company. In 2003 Trigenix was ranked 24th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100, having grown revenue 700% since 2000.

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