Motorola announced on 19 November that it is to buy all the shares of Synchronous, a privately-owned company, for about $260m (£183m) in stock. The deal is due to be completed by the end of this year or in early 2002.
The Synchronous products will help Motorola supply infrastructures to service providers as they expand their services to include voice and video over Internet Protocol (IP) as well as Internet access, Motorola said.
Synchronous makes equipment for high-speed transmission of voice, video and data over optical fibre. Its products include the MetroLynX Dense Wave-Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transmission system, designed to help service providers build faster and more flexible metropolitan-area ring networks. The company also makes equipment for video-on-demand delivery and for fibre networks that reach directly into homes and businesses.
More than 70 engineering, research and development and marketing employees from Synchronous will join the Transmission Network Systems business of the Motorola Broadband Communications Sector.