Motorola spawns new group aimed at auto industry

There's PowerPC, and many other Motorola bits, embedded in TCG

Motorola reorganisations are rapidly taking on the hue of some kind of Maoist 'continuous reshuffle.' The company's latest move is the creation of a new group aimed at automotive communications as a unit within a broader-based group that was itself reorganised earlier this year. The Telematics Communications Group (TCG) is being spawned by (deep breath) the Automotive, Component, Computer and Energy Sector (ACCES), which acquired the computer bit when it engulfed the old Motorola Computer Group in the middle of the year (Earlier story). Former MCG boss Joe Guglielmi was kicked upstairs to ACCES president shortly afterwards (Earlier story). The shuffling does however make sense. After the debacle that was its attempt to mass-market PowerPC desktop and portable machines, MCG and Motorola's PowerPC developed turned more towards embedded areas, so its association with ACCES became more logical. Beyond that, the automotive electronics business is increasingly extending into computer and communications areas, so TCG is intended to pull together the relevant Motorola products and technologies in order to pitch systems to the auto makers. These will include telematics (i.e. automotive communications) hardware and software, Built-in wireless phones, GPS systems and infotainment software and servers. TCG will be headed up by Marios Zenios. Motorola claims to have won more contracts in the automotive sector than any competitor, so by forming TCG it intends to capitalise on this strength and head-off new competition from rival computer and communications companies. ® Click for more stories

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