AUSTIN, Texas — Motorola Inc. is setting up a wireless research center here that will hire about 250 engineers by the end of 2006, said Paul Struhsaker, vice president of engineering for mobile platforms.
The Motorola Austin Center of Excellence will focus on fourth-generation cellular systems, Linux and Java software, and low-cost systems aimed at nations where telephone service is limited.
"We are developing incredibly high-end systems aimed at the developed world, but there is a whole other segment that requires low-cost systems. And we think if we do our 4G architecture right, we can scale that 4G, Internet protocol-based technology to the very low tier," Struhsaker said here Friday (Oct. 28th) following a keynote speech at the Texas Wireless Symposium, organized by the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin.
Only about one-sixth of the world’s population enjoys telephone service in their homes, and wireless technology is the way to expand that to at least one in four persons.
Struhsaker said that when Motorola spun out its semiconductor operations as Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the company sought a way to gain access to the wireless engineering talent that either lives here, or is willing to relocate to Austin. "This is just as much of an engineering center as northern California, but with the housing costs cut by a factor of four," he said.
Proximity to the SBC Research center, also in Austin, as well as ARM Ltd.’s design center here, played a role in the decision.
Following completion of its acquisition, SBC is set to take on the name of the AT&T, which raises the likelihood that the SBC research center here will take on the Bell Labs name, said David Deas, a vice president at SBC Labs.