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Motorola has decided to shut down two wafer fab lines at its Arizona plant, affecting 1,200 employees. Calling it a phase-out, the mobile company said it will move staff into other jobs but there would be "some" job losses.

Motorola is shutting down its MOS-6 and Bipolar Manufacturing Center (BMC) lines but says it will expand its MOS-12 and CS-1 facilities, accounting for most jobs.

"This decision is a continuation of our manufacturing renewal process to improve asset management by investing in advanced technologies and consolidating our older production facilities," garbled VP and director of Technology and Manufacturing Chris Belden.

MOS-6 made radio frequency products for wireless goods, BMC makes bipolar products across a range of industries. Both will be shut down over the next year and a half.

It's still not sure whether the job losses from this were included in the company's announced sackings last month - 30,000 of them. The news has had no effect on Motorola's share price. ®

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