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Motorola, Marvell eye expansion of Israeli operations

Posted: 20 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Joel Bainerman? Motorola Inc.? Marvell Technology Group Ltd? R&D Center? Richard Nottenberg?

Motorola Inc. is in negotiations with Israeli government departments concerning the expansion of its operations in Israel. The company is planning to set up an additional R&D center in Israel on top of an established chip design facility.

According to local media reports, during a meeting last week between Motorola chief strategy officer Richard Nottenberg and Israeli Minister of Finance Avraham Hirchson, Nottenberg told the Israeli official that the company would consider setting up the new R&D center if the Israeli government would agree to subsidize part of the salaries of the center's employees. Nottenberg also told Hirchson that he would try to persuade other U.S. electronics companies to establish R&D centers in Israel, the reports said.

Nottenberg said that Motorola Israel's R&D facilities could become the main center for future development of Motorola's next generation of fourth-generation communications seamless mobility products.

In the past 18 months, Motorola has invested in eight Israeli wireless and data communications, and security startups in Israel via its corporate venture arm, Motorola Ventures.

Leading fabless chip company Marvell Technology Group Ltd has also embarked on a plan to expand its R&D activities in Israel and plans to hire 100 engineers and R&D professionals to join the its 620 people in Israel, which make up 25 percent of its global workforce.

Marvell has already invested $25 million in laboratories for Marvell Israel Semiconductor Ltd at Yokneam, Northern Israel. Its engineering effort in Israel targets remote access embedded controllers.

- Joel Bainerman

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