QuIC joins Symbian Foundation, appointed to board of directors

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Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, has joined the Symbian Foundation and been appointed to the Symbian Foundation board of directors. By joining the board of directors, QuIC will be taking an active role in the governance of the Symbian Foundation and will likely join a number of the Symbian Foundation councils. The announcement represents a very significant endorsement of the Symbian Foundation by a key player in the mobile space.

QuIC (Qualcomm Innovation Center) joins the existing board members, including operators AT&TVodafone and NTT DOCOMO; silicon providers ST Microelectronics NV and Texas Instruments; and handset manufacturers SamsungSony Ericsson and Nokia on the board of the Symbian Foundation.

With three companies on its board, the Symbian Foundation has the strongest active support of any mobile platform from silicon vendors, reflecting its continuing position as market leader in market share and technological innovation. In addition to the board members (QuiC, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments), the Symbian Foundation counts ARM, Atheros Communications, Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Micron and Mstar semi conductor among its 160+ members.

Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC)

On Monday, Qualcomm announced the formation of QuIC, a wholly owned subsidiary company, which will focus on developing and contributing to open source software. The aim is to enable and optimise open source software with Qualcomm technology.

Rob Chandhok, formerly senior vice president of software strategy for CDMA at Qualcomm, has been appointed as the president of QuIC. He will lead a team of engineers dedicated to working on open source initiatives such as 'Linux and Webkit, and on open source operating systems such as Symbian, Android and Chrome'.

Clearly, QuIC is set to become an important contributor to the Symbian Foundation code base.

From the press release

"QuIC joining the Symbian Foundation and the Symbian Foundation board demonstrates our long-term commitment to provide expertise and to optimize technology with the Symbian platform,” said Rob Chandhok, president of QuIC. “High-level operating systems offer the potential to unleash tremendous innovation and we are excited to help advance that process on the Symbian platform. Working as part of the Symbian Foundation, QuIC looks forward to participating in technology innovation in areas such as multi-core CPU support, Web browser and application enhancement, and CDMA and LTE support."

"The Symbian Foundation welcomes QuIC, whose membership and board participation brings us significant wireless technology expertise and whose leadership will act as an important catalyst for the growth of the Symbian ecosystem,” said Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation. “On behalf of the Symbian Foundation board, we look forward to collaboratively evolving and rapidly expanding the Symbian open source software platform with QuIC."

Read the full press release here.