Qualcomm Forms New Subsidiary to Keep Pace With Open Software Development

10/26/09Follow @bvbigelow

San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) says it has established a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Innovation Center, (QuIC), to ensure that certain open source software operates seamlessly with Qualcomm technology.

The company says it has transferred experienced software engineers to the innovation center, where they will focus on open source initiatives such as Linux and Webkit, and on open source operating systems like Symbian, Android, and Chrome. Job postings on the company’s website indicate the center is based in San Diego and Boulder, CO. In a statement released early today, Qualcomm did not say how many engineers its QuIC subsidiary will employ

The company’s initiative is aimed at consumer products that run open source software, enabling Qualcomm-based technologies to keep pace with shifting opportunities in open software as they emerge by optimizing the performance of mobile operating systems and the software applications that run on them.

The wireless technology giant said QuIC’s board of directors has named Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, as QuIC president. Chandhok plans to address the Symbian open source community at a conference in London Wednesday.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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