Qualcomm targets open source with new subsidiary

The Qualcomm Innovation Center will focus on the hardware optimisation of technologies such as Android and Symbian
Written by Matthew Broersma, Contributor

Qualcomm has reinforced its commitment to open-source software with the creation of a wholly owned subsidiary focused on mobile open-source technologies.

The Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC), announced on Monday, will be led by president Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, and staffed by a team of engineers transferred from within Qualcomm's existing ranks.

The move is intended to demonstrate that Qualcomm plans to play a growing role in the direction of open source in the mobile industry.

"Open-source and community-driven software development is becoming increasingly important to the wireless industry, and QuIC is committed to meaningful participation in these development efforts," Chandhok said in a statement.

QuIC's engineers will contribute to open-source technologies such as the Linux, Symbian and Android operating systems, and the WebKit and Chrome browser technologies, with a particular focus on hardware optimisation.

Qualcomm is currently pushing its Snapdragon 3G chipset for mobile devices including smartphones and hybrid laptop/smartphone devices the company calls "smartbooks".

Hardware makers such as Acer, Asus, HTC, LG, Toshiba and Samsung are working on Snapdragon-based devices, according to Qualcomm. The first Snapdragon-based device using Google's open-source Android operating system was introduced by Acer earlier this month.

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