Sunday, February 24, 2008

Motorola Acquires Digital Cable Set-Top Box Manufacturer in China

Motorola acquired the assets related to digital cable set-top products of Zhejiang Dahua Digital Technology and Hangzhou Image Silicon (collectively, Dahua Digital). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dahua Digital is a privately held, developer, manufacturer, and marketer of cable set-tops and related low cost integrated circuits for the emerging Chinese cable business. Its product line includes basic set-tops, two-way interactive set-tops and the high-end media-center class of products. Dahua Digital also has a substantial China cable operator customer base.

Motorola said the deal will expand its digital set-top box offerings in China and significantly improve time to market in the region. Further, Dahua Digital's low-cost chipset solution, designed specifically for the Chinese set top business, will enhance Motorola's product line.

Dahua Digital will be integrated into Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business. Motorola intends to maintain Dahua Digital in Hangzhou, which will be an integral component of Motorola's China digital cable market operations.