An advanced new Motorola mobile phone has been exclusively developed at Motorola's development centre in Aalborg, northern Jutland, writes professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer). The ZN5 is the first mobile phone to combine Motorola's ModeShift Technology and Kodak Imaging Technology.
The director of Motorola's development unit in Aalborg, Flemming Eriksen, told Ingeniøren that all parts of the ZN5 have been created in Aalborg and that ZN5 posed a special challenge to develop since its camera functions are significant.
"We have had a close collaboration with Kodak to get both the technical and software side in place. The special thing is that we have made space for a whole programme pack from Kodak with 27 programmes, and that also means that the work we have carried out will form part of others' development projects and in other mobiles from Motorola," says Eriksen.
Eriksen also opines that one of the most important arguments for sustaining a Danish mobile phone development unit that can make a whole new mobile phone is the ability to understand customers' needs and to transform these needs into a technological solution.
"There is a trend towards specialisation in development of certain components for a new mobile phone, but the fact that we have managed to keep our position in the development of a whole mobile phone is not least because our engineers have a great understanding of the commercial aspects. One thing is to develop an amazing technological solution, but it is equally important to understand the commercial requirements the market makes," says Eriksen.
Motorola's development unit in Aalborg employs 250 people, and almost half of them have been working on the ZN5 over the last year.