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Motorola acquires NetPlane

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Motorola has acquired the assets and business of NetPlane Systems for an undisclosed amount, giving Motorola ownership of NetPlane’s network protocol software for the control plane.

With the acquisition, equipment providers can reduce integration time and costs by purchasing standards-based control plane software, hardware building blocks and pre-integrated platforms from one vendor, according to NetPlane Systems general manager Deepak Shahane.

Additionally, Motorola will continue to expand NetPlane's source code business and support its customer base of nearly 300 OEMs worldwide.

The market impact of this acquisition is significant because OEMs can decrease development and production costs by purchasing pre-integrated platforms, freeing time to focus on their own product differentiation, Shahane explained.

"With the telecom industry's focus on cost savings, we believe that pre- integrated platforms are critical to OEMs' new, sustainable product development models," Shahane said.

"We've worked closely with Motorola Computer Group in the past, so we feel confident that this combination is a strategic way to broaden our customer reach and increase value by enabling OEMs to purchase pre-integrated, board- level hardware and software control plane solutions."

Motorola said the two companies' complementary technologies could also provide markets outside the telecom industry with improved time-to-revenue and systems integration opportunities.

For example, NetPlane's control plane protocols can be integrated on CompactPCI(R) or VMEbus boards or Processor PMC (PrPMC) modules supplied by Motorola for applications in industrial automation and defense industries.

NetPlane Systems was previously owned by Mindspeed Technologies, the Internet infrastructure business of Conexant Systems.

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