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One of the biggest names in processors and radios adds a legend in the mobile industry to the board

After a relatively quiet period following his departure from HP in early 2012, Jon Rubinstein is back in the news as he joins the board of directors at mobile chip maker Qualcomm. Rubinstein is well regarded as one of the few people that drove the creation of modern mobile devices, likely being most famous for his years at Palm as an executive chairman and later chief executive. He also saw Palm make the difficult turn downwards and eventual sale to HP, which he ended up staying at for a short amount of time as lead of the "Personal Systems" division. Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, had this to say:

"His experience in creating revolutionary consumer electronics and mobile products will provide added insight to Qualcomm's board as we continue to expand the scope and impact of wireless products and technology, improving and enhancing people's lives around the world."

Any company in this industry would be ecstatic to have a mind like Rubinstein at the table, and it will be interesting to see how he can possibly give insight into Qualcomm's business going forward. While Rubinstein may not be known for development of processors and radios, it's hard to overstate the amount of knowledge he has of mobile as a whole.


Qualcomm Elects Jonathan Rubinstein to Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the election of Jonathan Rubinstein to its Board of Directors. Rubinstein brings more than 30 years of experience in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics industries to the position, and he last served as senior vice president of Product Innovation for Hewlett-Packard Company until January 2012.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon as a member of Qualcomm's Board of Directors," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm. "His experience in creating revolutionary consumer electronics and mobile products will provide added insight to Qualcomm's board as we continue to expand the scope and impact of wireless products and technology, improving and enhancing people's lives around the world."

Rubinstein's longstanding career has spanned a number of roles. In his most recent positions at HP, he led product innovation for HP's Personal Systems and, prior to that, presided over the launch of the HP's Touchpad tablet as senior vice president and general manager of Palm Global Business Unit. Previously, Rubinstein joined Palm Inc. as executive chairman in 2007, where he focused on product development, R&D and engineering to drive Palm's return to innovation with its webOS software and smartphone devices. He led Palm as chairman and chief executive officer from June 2009 until it was acquired by HP in 2010. Prior to his role at Palm, Rubinstein earned the nickname, "The Podfather," while running Apple's iPod division, where he was instrumental in creating the iPod and its robust ecosystem. He also served as senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for overhauling the Apple's engineering teams, product roadmaps, manufacturing processes and leading the rapid rollout of the iMac. Rubinstein previously held a number of engineering and leadership positions at different computing companies, such as Stardent Computer and NeXT Computer Inc., and founded his own company, Firepower Systems Inc.

Rubinstein is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a senior member of the IEEE and a board member of Amazon.com, Inc. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a master's degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University.

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Jon Rubinstein joins Qualcomm board of directors


And then he takes OpenWebOS and makes the phone the Pre should have been, with a Dalvik VM for Android app compatibility.

oh no Ruby is the kiss of death. he should join the funeral pyre over at HTC.

do you hear me Chou?????????????????????????????????

Every time you post something nasty about HTC, I love it. Well, actually, I think it's pretty senseless and I don't like it at all.

I still have a Palm Pre. I use a Nexus and android 4.2 now but there are still things on that Pre that are better done than the stuff we have now. I never had to look up how to do anything when I had my Pre. UI was amazing. Palm is done and Blackberry is heading to the Orange glow on the horizon. I miss the mute physical button Palms had but I wouldn't go back. Think how the S4 will seem in 4 years. I doubt it will have the rabid fans webOS still has. Jon at Qualcomm makes me scratch my head though.

If anyone owns Qualcomm stock sell it FAST!!! Jon Rubenstein, will ruin this company like he did PALM!!!!!!!!!! He is like a BAD penny, Though that $hit as far away as you can!!!!!

I have Pre3 , TouchPad , Veer , and now Nexus 7. I still use all of them. As a phone, my Pre3 still feel solid, except battery life. As a small phone Veer still feels a good small compact smartphone. Touchpad still great as a device to browse internet. flash runs great, and never let me down. beats audio sounds good on its dual speaker or paired with my Razer Headphone, and Nexus 7 add my joy, as a small tablet and now being a 'game center' to me. I haven't plan to buy new phone even I'm quite interested in Nexus 4 and HTC one or S4, because I feel Pre3 still serve good as a phone. Its physical keyboard is one among the best. webOS UI still easiest UI to be managed as a smartphone. My next target maybe 'The Nvidia Project SHIELD'.

How I miss Ruby. How I miss all the crazy (personal, subjective) excitement surrounding the launch of the Pre. How glad I am that many of the best features of webOS came over to Android via Matias.