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

December 11, 2012

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
[http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ni-acquires-signalion-adding-key-technical-expertise-ip-for-wireless-communications-test-182882601.html ]
, 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
[http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/flextronics-and-motorola-mobility-partner-to-streamline-supply-chain-operations-182872541.html ]
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

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
[http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/axle-video-introduces-axle-2012---2nd-generation-of-radically-simple-media-management-tool-182857051.html ]
, 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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