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Motorola will be splitting into two companies on 4 January, with existing shareholders getting a piece of the handset manufacturer, and the radio specialist, in exchange for their holding. The two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, will start trading on 4 January, with owners of Motorola shares getting one …

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Umm.. ahead of schedule? Really?

"The schedule called for the two companies to separate in the first quarter of 2011, so 4 January is actually ahead of schedule."

That actually seems like on schedule to me.

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Sad

Its sad to see a once-great company fail. But I'm glad to see they are being allowed to fail.

Twenty years ago I knew Motorola management had their heads up a dark hole when they virtually owned the embedded market, yet made use of their product as difficult as possible. If you couldn't promise need of 1,000,000 MCUs/year, it was very hard to get a mere 1,000/year.

Then Microchip and 8051 derivatives came along and cleaned Motorola's clock by selling their parts to anyone in any quantity, even in DigiKey and Mouser catalogs.

Motorola split the CPU business off the Freescale years ago. Freescale parts are good, not the least expensive, and not the easiest to use. Good, but no excitement.

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FAIL

Moving patents...

One would hope that Motorola doesn't shoot themselves in the foot with their counter-litigation cases & a patent required being on the other foot...

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