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Motorola to build $79 million center in Malaysia

The so-called technoplex will combine manufacturing, research and development, and distribution for the company's two-way radio and energy units.

PENANG, Malaysia--Motorola Malaysia plans to commit $79 million over five years to build a technology complex here.

The site will be the first Motorola regional center in the Asian Pacific that combines manufacturing, research and development, and distribution for its two-way radio and energy units.

The center is also the company's fifth global Energy Systems Group manufacturing facility. ESG is a major business unit of Motorola Integrated Electronic Solutions Sector, whose technology provide the "brains"--or digital DNA--that make electronic systems smarter, more powerful and easier to use.

Motorola injected an initial investment of $10 million to build phase one of its technoplex, which was launched yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The entire technoplex--at almost 500,000 square feet--is expected to be completed in four phases over 10 years.

Malaysia.CNET.com's Wendy Lee reported from Malaysia.