Qualcomm Creates New Open Source Subsidiary

San Diego-based Qualcomm has created a new, separately owned subsidiary focused on mobile open source, the firm announced today. According to Qualcomm, the new subsidiary--Qualcomm Innovation Center--is being spun out to focus on developing open source software which uses Qualcomm's technology. The new subsidiary is being run by Rob Chandhok, Senior Vice President for Software Strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. Qualcomm said its new firm will develop open source for things like Linux, Webkit, Symbian, Android, and Chrome, and that it has transferred a number of its experienced software engineers to the new subsidiary.