Motorola Finalises The Force Deal

Motorola has completed the acquisition of Force

Computers from the Solectron Corporation. Force employees worldwide are to be integrated with the Motorola Computer Group and the two entities will be named the Embedded Communications Computing Group. Motorola declined to disclose the terms of the agreement.

Both Force and Motorola are global providers of embedded computing systems for OEMs.

'This is a win for our customers, Force and for Motorola,' said Wendy Vittori (right), corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Embedded Communications Computing Group. 'We will be able to provide solutions for a wider range of customer application needs, supported by a broader portfolio of boards, systems, and services. Force employees are now part of an organisation with the commitment to be the clear choice for embedded computing platforms. And Motorola benefits by adding key talent, robust solutions, engineering resources and strong customer relationships.'

'The acquisition supports Motorola's seamless mobility strategy, which encompasses connections and communications in the home, work, auto and out in the world. To deliver seamless mobility the industry will demand communications computing platforms that are interoperable and intelligent,' added Vittori.

The Embedded Communications Computing Group workforce that has been part of Motorola consists of about 1,000 employees worldwide. It is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona with operations in Southborough, Mass.; Loughborough, UK; Hyderabad, India and Shanghai, China. The Embedded Communications Computing Group workforce that was previously with Force consists of about 500 employees worldwide, with operations in California, Munich, Germany, Bangalore, and Irvine, Scotland.

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