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Compal set to make, design Motorola 3G phones, says report

Posted: 07 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3g? mobile phone? handset? oem? odm?

Taiwan's Compal Electronics Inc. has received contract orders for third-generation (3G) mobile phone handsets from Motorola Inc. according to a China Economic News Service report, which cited Hsu Sheng-hsiung, chairman of the Kinpo-Compal Group, as its source.

The report said that Compal would be contributing to the mechanical design of the handsets as well as manufacturing them. The value of the order was not given in the article.

Compal would cooperate with Motorola for the production of 3G handsets on an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) basis, rather than on an ODM (original design manufacturer) basis seen in the past cooperation for the production of smart phones, the report said. It elaborated by saying that Motorola would be responsible for the design of system, software and hardware, while Compal would be in charge of part of mechanical designs and assembling.

As Compal's personal mobile communication and computer business division, which is in charge of developing handheld devices, is soon to merge with Compal Communications Inc., another subsidiary of the Kinpo-Compal Group, the Motorola orders are likely to be moved to Compal Communications, the report said.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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