Qualcomm announces support for Linux
Qualcomm announced that their future chips will support Linux operating system and phone manufacturers will be able to produce future smartphones and other mobile handsets based on it. Linux is the first third-party operating system supported by Qualcomm. It will allow producing of low-cost solution for mid range phones, using single-chip.
Support for Linux is available now on the MSM6550 single-chip solution. The integrated, single-chip support for Linux eliminates the need for a separate co-processor and substantially reduces design costs and complexity compared to multiple-chip implementations traditionally required to run a third-party operating system. The MSM6550 chipset includes the BREW® solution, supporting preloaded features including user interfaces and enabling OEMs and operators to offer content and application downloads to deliver differentiated features and services to consumers. Other chips in the Enhanced Multimedia Platform, including UMTS, HSDPA, and CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Rev. A, are also planned to support Linux.