At long last, Qualcomm < ?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = QUOTE />is supporting Linux on its chip solutions. This marks the first time the company has ever supported a third-party OS.

Integrated single-chip Linux support on Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) 6550, according to the company, improves the efficiency of running Linux on a cell phone, becuase it eliminates the need for a separate co-processor. The single-chip design is also said to reduce complexity and design costs that are associated with multi-chip implementations.