Freescale Semiconductor – Active Components
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale’s product portfolio includes microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors, digital signal controllers, sensors, RF power ICs and power management ICs. In addition, the company offers software and development tools to support product development. The company also holds an extensive patent portfolio, including approximately 6,100 patent families. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Motorola spun off Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. on Dec. 2, 2004.
On December 7, 2015, NXP Semiconductors completed its acquisition of Freescale for about $11.8 billion in cash and stock. It propels NXP into new application areas in cars including powertrain, safety and body electronics, building on its existing leading positions in audio infotainment, security and vehicle networks. The merger also bolsters NXP’s position in other fast-growing chip markets, including wearable devices and health monitors, for example, while capitalising on the company’s strengths in security and payments.