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Freescale profits fall in Q2

Austin, Texas-based chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) reported a deep drop in profits in the second quarter of 2012. The company reported net sales of $1.03 billion and recorded a $34 million net loss or 14 cents per share for the period that ended June 29. On a...

Are 3G/4G connected tablets a waste of time?

Chip makers seem to be weighing in on the Wi-Fi vs 3G enabled discussion when it comes to tablets, with some starting to question whether consumers actually want another cellular-connected device to add to their monthly bills.Freescale Semiconductor’s tablet marketing lead Robert Thompson led...

Are 3G/4G connected tablets a waste of time?

Chip makers seem to be weighing in on the Wi-Fi vs 3G enabled discussion when it comes to tablets, with some starting to question whether consumers actually want another cellular-connected device to add to their monthly bills.

Freescale invests in eReader market with new i.MX50 chipset

Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (FSL) announced a trio of new members to the company’s i.MX50 product family, placing a big bet on the thriving eReader device market while more powerful tablet computers threaten to unseat eReaders.   The family of i.MX50 chips launched in 2010 with...

Freescale releases new AMP series to combat data traffic

Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) recently announced a new generation multi-core platform called the Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series and is billing it as the chip-maker’s biggest draw in several years.The new product platform aims to increase positioning in the networking field and is based on a...

Freescale Semiconductor launches IPO, misses $1B target

Austin-based chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor Inc. went public on Wednesday but fell short of company expectations, pricing stock 22% less than projected at $18 a share. According to an initial public offering filing (IPO), Freescale wanted to raise more than $1 billion, which is around $22...

Freescale Semiconductor launches IPO, misses $1B target

Austin, Texas-based chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor Inc. went public on Wednesday but fell short of company expectations, pricing stock 22% less than projected at $18 a share.According to an initial public offering filing (IPO), Freescale wanted to raise more than $1 billion, which is around...

SILICON VALLEY: Freescale challenges engineers to build walking robots and Tower Systems

Freescale Semiconductor used the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose this week to announce its Make It Challenge design contest, which asks engineers to build a robot or system design based on the firm’s latest sensor development kit. In other words, a walking robot...

Freescale and Fuji collaborate for electric car venture

Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor Inc. announced a partnership with Japan’s Fuji Electric Systems Company Ltd. to create an insulated-gate bipolar transistor and other offerings for electric cars. Customer feedback will drive Freescale’s new product line, which will be marketed to the...

Freescale confirms closing of Sendai, Japan plant

AUSTIN, Texas-Due to irreparable damages incurred from the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, officials from Freescale Semiconductor confirmed the closing of its wafer fabrication plant in Sendai, Japan. After a lengthy assessment of equipment and infrastructure damage and ...

Texas Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor rocked by quake in Japan

AUSTIN, Texas-Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor (Freescale) and Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced this week that the catastrophic earthquake in Japan has disrupted manufacturing operations for both companies, which have facilities in Japan. Soon after the disaster, prices of semiconductors for...

@MWC: Spotlight on United Kingdom Trade and Investment

BARCELONA, Spain—United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), a government agency that works with U.K.-based businesses to support domestic and international success, supported more than 100 companies at Mobile World Congress 2011. The coalition’s pavilion showcased some of the best technology of the United Kingdom...

Partnerships: Carrier IQ and Huawei; Ericsson and Akamai; and more

Here is a quick look at partnerships made this past week.Carrier IQ Inc., provider of mobile Intelligence solutions for device manufacturers and wireless operators, announced a global software license agreement with Huawei. Huawei will incorporate Carrier IQ solutions on a wide range of mobile...

@ MWC: An industry first: Freescale Semiconductor unveils innovation at MWC

BARCELONA, Spain – In a leap in the infrastructure field, Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor, one of the 10 largest chip makers worldwide, unveiled the industry's first multimode wireless base station processor family that scales from small to large cells.The announcement arrived at 6 a.m. on...

An industry first: Freescale Semiconductor unveils innovation at MWC

BARCELONA-In a leap in the infrastructure field, Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor, one of the 10 largest chip makers worldwide, unveiled the industry’s first multimode wireless base station processor family that scales from small to large cells. The announcement arrived at 6 a.m. on February 14 in...

Freescale Semiconductor to demonstrate new network technology at MWC

AUSTIN-Freescale Semiconductor is preparing to announce advancements resulting in a new portfolio of wireless networking technologies that they say are currently unavailable in the market. An announcement and demonstration of this portfolio of wireless network/access technologies will be made at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona...

Austin blends eclectic, geek to attract high-tech: Plus, videos of Austin mobile startups

Austin, Texas, is home to an eclectic assortment of musicians, an unofficial city slogan that challenges people to “Keep Austin Weird,” a local celebrity transvestite and one of the premier wireless research institutes in the world. This mix of laid back and highly educated...

Featured Video: Freescale doubles performance with new DSPs

AUSTIN, Texas--Freescale Semiconductor introduced two new products into its family of DSPs, one designed to support 3G and 4G wireless networks, while the other is cost-optimized for W-CDMA rollouts. Both DSPs are based on Freescale's SC3850 core that runs at 1.2 GHz. That core...

Partnerships: ZTE buys from U.S. vendors; Bharti outsources customer care; and more

ZTE Corp. signed framework agreements to purchase semiconductor components from five U.S. technology vendors. The deals are valued at $3 billion. The three-year purchase agreements are with Qualcomm Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Altera Corp. and Broadcom Corp.Bharti Airtel announced a strategic partnership...

@International Microwave Symposium: RCR hits the show floor with video in hand

Late last month, RCR Wireless News covered the International Microwave Symposium in Anaheim, Calif. During the event, we covered the keynote by Zachary Lemnios, director of defense research and engineering at the Defense Department, and jumped into the seemingly neverending debate about the longevity...

Freescale announces partnership with Enea, Green Hills and Mentor

In honor of the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) this week in San Jose, Freescale Semiconductor has embedded itself with a trio of software companies - Enea Systems, Green Hills Software and Mentor Graphics – to bolster its software package offerings

Moto exec exodus continues

Even as Motorola Inc. makes some key new hires, such as co-CEO Sanjay Jha, other executives continue to exit.Chief Information Officer Patty Morrison left the company last week. Morrison joined Motorola in 2005, during former CEO Edward Zander's tenure, from Office Depot Inc. She...

The phones of Spain: ‘User experience’ gains, plus Apple’s invisible hand

Mobile phone design efforts over the past two years appear to have taken the handset as far as it will go, for now, if the handsets coming out of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, are any indication.The forefront of innovation today is...

WiMAX and the Wild, Wild West : Chip vendors bullish, few may succeed

Intel Corp. has a vision for portable, personal broadband that will ensure the company transitions from "Intel Inside" to "Intel on the Internet."Mobile WiMAX plays a big role in chip vendor's vision, according to Intel's Ron Peck. Intel is prepared to turn out WiMAX...

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