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Motorola opens applied research center 

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Motorola, one of the world's largest cell phone companies, has announced

the opening of Motorola Labs India in Bangalore which will focus on applied

research in the areas of converged networks, autonomic networking, enterprise

applications and embedded systems and physical sciences. The center will

initially hire around 40 people and plans to grow this workforce by 20 percent

year on year.

"The center will focus on working on aspects that supports the idea of

seamless mobility. Our already existing R&D center, which was opened in

1991, does more develop-ment and design oriented work and employs close to 2000

people now," said Padmasree Warrior, executive VP and CTO of Motorola

The company elucidated that Motorola's R&D invest-ment in India has

grown to $85 million this year, up from approx $50 million in 2002. It plans to

grow this investment by 20 percent per year.

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"We see the Indian centers as hubs for development of products specific

to emerging markets which includes India as well as APAC regions. By mid next

year in fact, we see products emerging which is made more specifically to fit

conditions in these markets," said Motorola India communi-cations and

corporate affairs head Amit Chaudhery.

Motorola claimed 15 per-cent to 20 percent market share in the mobile phone

segment in India. According to Warrior, nearly 40 percent of the software needed

for the phones are created in the Ban-galore development center.

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