VME rivals no more

Motorola is to acquire Force Computers, the embedded computing business presently owned by Solectron Corporation, for an undisclosed sum.

Motorola is to acquire Force Computers, the embedded computing business presently owned by Solectron Corporation. Motorola said it expects the deal to close during the third calendar quarter of 2004.

Like Motorola, Force offers a range of open, standards-based and custom embedded board level computers that are used by OEMs in numerous applications ranging from telecoms to the military.

For years, the company was a major rival to Motorola in the VME business, but more recently has diversified into developing other bus/board products based around open architectures like CompactPCI. Undoubtedly, these will complement Motorola’s own efforts in the embedded systems business.

Force has about 500 employees worldwide. It has its headquarters in Fremont, CA with major operations in Munich in Germany, Bangalore in India and Irvine in Scotland.

Once the deal is closed, it will be integrated into Motorola’s Computer Group.

The agreement is subject to various closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.