Qualcomm's next-generation MSM6550 cell phone chips will feature support for Linux.
Analysts said Qualcomm's support of Linux represents a broader acceptance of open-source technologies. Indeed, Linux has moved from computer servers to digital video recorders to wristwatches and now to cell phones. Motorola has already launched a Linux-based phone in Asia and has plans to roll out a model in the U.S. sometime next year. NEC and Nokia also support Linux.