Freescale Keeps Moving Forward as NXP Acquisition Draws Nearer

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-07-06

Freescale Semiconductor is in the process of being bought by NXP Semiconductors—shareholders for both companies overwhelmingly approved the $12 billion bid July 2—but Freescale is not standing still while waiting for the deal to close. That was made evident at the recent Freescale Technology Forum (FTF), where executives and engineers showed off what the company's products can do in everything from networking to wireless computing. They also touted an area in which Freescale plans to play a significant role—the Internet of things (IoT). In a recent column on, Roger Kay, principal analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates, said that Freescale's past experience—and upcoming merger with NXP—has prepared it for one of the largest movements in the tech industry. "Much of what the company does used to be called 'embedded,' a term redolent with an almost moldy old backwater smell," Kay wrote. "Now, embedded has become the IoT, and Freescale is positioned to play a major role in this rising area." This eWEEK slide show highlights some of the products and sights from the FTF. (images courtesy of Freescale)


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