Freescale Semiconductor

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Freescale Semiconductor

legal form Corporation
founding 2004
resolution December 7, 2015
Reason for dissolution Takeover by NXP
Seat Austin , United States
management Gregg Lowe ( CEO )
Number of employees ~ 17,000
sales $ 4.19 billion (2013)

Freescale Semiconductor was a Texas semiconductor manufacturer that emerged in July 2004 from the spin-off of Motorola’s semiconductor division . Motorola announced the spin-off on October 6, 2003. On April 4, 2004, Freescale began operations as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Motorola, and on June 16, 2004, Freescale went public. Freescale was acquired with the approval of the shareholders on December 1, 2006 by a consortium of investors led by the Blackstone Group with participation of the Carlyle Group , Permira and the Texas Pacific Group for 17.6 billion dollars. It was the highest leveraged buyout of a technology company to date .

On February 11, 2011, Freescale went public again.

Freescale Semiconductor Logo.

Semiconductor production began at Motorola as early as 1953. The Semiconductor Components Group (SCG) division with its mostly discrete components and standard products was spun off from Motorola in 1999 as ON Semiconductor . The more complex circuits such as processors later went to Freescale. At the end of the day, Freescale employed around 17,000 people in over 20 countries in this area. In Germany Freescale operated as Freescale Semiconductor Germany GmbH .

Products were, for example, CPUs such as the PowerPC and ARM -based processors, associated service programs and development systems (with CHRP computers such as the Pegasos- based ODW ) and numerous other ICs for the market of embedded systems and DSPs . Well-known microcontroller series were the I.MX in the ARM architecture, as well as PowerQUICC and QorIQ in the PowerPC architecture.

In fiscal 2013, Freescale had sales of $ 4.19 billion on a loss of $ 208 million.

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which went missing on March 8, 2014 , carried 20 company employees.

On March 2, 2015, Freescale announced the acquisition of the company by NXP . On December 7, 2015, the company was incorporated into NXP.

Individual evidence

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