PalmSource, the operating system unit of Palm, is laying off 18 per cent of its staff.
The layoffs will take place across the board, senior vice-president of worldwide marketing at PalmSource, Gabi Schindler, said.
All of the affected employees had been informed, but the date they left PalmSource would vary from one employee to another, she said. The layoffs came about because of overall economic woes.
"We are subject to the same economic conditions, for better or worse, that all companies are," Schindler said.
PalmSource develops and licenses PalmOS, which is used in PDAs (personal digital assistants) and other devices from Palm, Sony and other manufacturers. Palm plans to spin off PalmSource as a separate company in the first half of the year.