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Motion Computing raises $6.5 million

Motion Computing has raised $6.5 million in its first round of funding led by Compal Electronics of Taiwan, the company announced Tuesday. Also participating in the round was institutional investor G51 Capital of Austin, Texas, and the company's founders. The company said it would use the money for sales and marketing to support the scheduled Nov. 7 launch of its first product.

Austin-based Motion Computing makes tablet PCs, a next-generation notebook computer that resembles a laptop screen and uses a stylus as the primary input device. Motion Computing has said it will differentiate itself from competitors by using speech recognition for data input and will focus on so-called vertical markets, such as health care, education and field sales, while other manufacturers target consumers or the broader corporate market.