PR Newswire's Business Technology Round-up, 11 December 2012

Dec 11, 2012, 09:00 ET from PR Newswire

LONDON, December 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

NI acquires Signalion, Flextronics announces partnership with Motorola and Axle Video launches new management solution

National Instruments (NI), a company specialising in the production of productivity tools for engineers, has announced its acquisition of German based Signalion, a veteran in the wireless communications sector. 

The new acquisition will see NI incorporate Signalion's state of the art wireless solutions into its existing platform, as well as its market leading NI LabVIEW software. Signalion will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of NI, maintaining its existing co-directors, Dr. Tim Hentschel and Dr. Thorsten Drager.

According to NI CEO Dr. James Truchard, the motivation behind the acquisition came from Signalion's "expertise, combined with a strong product portfolio [that] strengthens our market position while laying the foundation for continued innovation". The tie-up is now live, with Signalion working with NI's R&D department to improve the company's current product line. 

Flextronics, a manufacturer of bespoke electronic products across a number of technological industries, has signed a new partnership with Google owned Motorola Mobility, giving the company control over a number of Motorola manufacturing operations. 

The deal is expected to go through during the first half of 2013, and will see Flextronics take control of Motorola's China based Tianjin manufacturing site, whilst also assuming responsibility for the management and operation of its Brazil plant. A formal announcement of the deal will be made in a conference call to investors today (11th December), with the company also expected to inform shareholders of its commitment to the production of both Android and other non-iOS devices in the Asian and South American markets. 

Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara expressed his pleasure in signing the deal, noting that it represents an "important step forward for us in transforming our overall supply chain into a competitive advantage for Motorola Mobility".

Media management firm Axle Video has announced the launch of its new Axle 2012 management suite, giving small and medium sized video production companies access to a revolutionary web-based data solution. 

The software allows video producers to access vast amounts of data remotely, with a number of parties including editors, producers and directors able to collaborate on projects simultaneously. Producers can also select from a wide number of final cut outputs, including the popular ProRes from Apple, as well as Avid's DNxHD. The Axle server is available for install on the Mac mini, whilst users can access the database from a number of devices including tablet computers.

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