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QuIC: A quick move that may take long

August 11, 2010

Open source graphics cards for smartphones?

QuIC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., was announced on the opening day of LinuxCon 2010 that it has joined Linux Foundation as a platinum member, the top-tier membership. Rob Chandhok, president of QuIC, joins the Linux Foundation Board. It is worth noting that QuIC has been on the board of directors of Symbian Foundation and each of the four councils that govern the development of the Symbian platform since last October, shortly after QuIC’s establishment. QuIC is also a founding member of the non-profit Code Aurora Forum, for open source software for mobile devices.

According to Qualcomm, QuIC is said to “focus on optimizing open source software” with “a dedicated group of engineers.” Apparently, the company wants to let itself heard in the open source community, besides making chipsets for popular Android based smartphones like Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Incredible. However, when asked whether it will eventually open up the source code of its GPU drivers and maybe other components, there is not a definite answer yet. There might be a long way still; and we hope this process can be QuIC’ened as Rob Chandhok was appointed as president of Qualcomm internet services last week.

On the PC side, AMD and Intel have been actively supporting open source development of drivers for their graphics cards since couple of years ago.

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