Cellular phone giant Motorola Inc. was hit with a $32.3 million jury award, one of the largest ever given in U.S. District court in Wilmington, for infringing on a patent for microchips used in recharging cell phones and laptop computers.

Power Integrations Inc., a California company employing about 200, sued the Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola in August 1998. PI complained that Motorola, which lists 133,000 employees, used its patented technology for the manufacture of computer chips that supply reduced voltage to battery chargers.

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