Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets. The company provides original equipment manufacturers with chips to help them drive advanced cell phones, manage Internet traffic and to help make vehicles safer and more energy efficient. It has more than 18,500 customers including 100 of the top global manufacturers.
Freescale is headquartered in Austin, TX with design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations in more than 20 countries.
The company is the No. 1 supplier of: Application processors in eReaders, Automotive MEMS, Communication processors and RF power amplifiers.
In the industrial market, Freescale delivers solutions for connectivity, control, sensing and power management in the industrial market. Products address the performance spectrum with 8-, 16- and 32-bit solutions and sensors for smart energy, medical, building control, HVAC, factory automation and energy-efficient motor control.
In 2011, Freescale reported revenues of $4.57 billion and net loss of $410 million.
Freescale was part of Motorola for more than 50 years before it was spun off as an independent company in July 2004.
On December 1, 2006, Freescale became a private company after being acquired by a consortium of private equity funds led by The Blackstone Group and including The Carlyle Group, funds advised by Permira Advisers LLC and Texas Pacific Group.
Freescale went public again in May 2011.
Updated May 10, 2012