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Motorola to up R&D headcount

June 23, 2006 17:45 IST

Motorola Inc on Friday said it will increase the headcount of its research and development to take it to a total of 4,000.

"We have 3,500 engineers in both our Bangalore and Hyderabad divisions. In the next few years, we will increase it to 4,000," Motorola Director Marketing Llyod Mathias told reporters in New Delhi.

He said the company's decision to increase the headcount in R&D was on account of the fact that around 40 per cent of its software comes from India.

Apart from engineering and software centres, the company has a manufacturing facility at Shriperambadur in Tamil Nadu.

To expand its product portfolio in India, which is the fastest growing market in mobile phones, the company on Friday launched a new range of colours in its Motopebl, Motorazr V3i and Motoslvr series.

The new coloured phones will come in the standard price range with minor variations and have India specific features like large address books, longer battery lives and higher volume in ringtones.

The new range of colour phones has been introduced because mobile phones are moving away from being communication tools and are increasingly becoming consumer products.

Today, design can no longer be separated from marketing or technology, Motorola's Chief Designer Jim Wicks said.

Motorola sold around 50 million units, globally, by June.

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