Qualcomm start open source unit
Qualcomm have announced the creation of QuIC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company focussed on mobile open source platforms. QuIC, Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. is headed up by Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm's CDMA technology. The mandate for the group is to use open software to push forward the development of advanced mobile services on handsets and mobile computing devices. Chandhok, speaking to Telcoms.com, said that the engineers in the new company would be focussing on Linux and WebKit and on other open source operating systems "such as Symbian, Android and Chrome".
Qualcomm, who are probably most known in Europe for their patent dispute with Nokia, resolved in 2008, creates chip-sets for mobile devices and was the inventor of CDMAone, CDMA 2000 and CDMA 1xEV-DO, one of the US standards for cellular communications.
Currently, the QuIC web site is a single page with overview and contact details, but it is expected that Chandhok will explain more about the new unit when he addresses the Symbian open source community at the Symbian Exchange and Exposition on October 28th at Earls Court, London.