We just got this link from Future Electronics : http://www.nxp.com/news/press-releases/2015/03/nxp-and-freescale-announce-40-billion-merger.html
This is strange as I always thought that NXP is smallеr EU company compared to Freescale. I don’t have in the front of me the microcontroller vendor ranking but I though Freescale is well ahead of NXP in this list.
I do even remember that some time ago back in 2006 Freescale was considering to buy Philips Semiconductors as seen here.
This buyout is pity as Freescale was one of the largest Semiconductor vendor in the world, but of course shareholders do not carry about brands and products all they want to see is money in their pockets.
Now is not hard to guess what will happen with Freescale microcontroller portfolio, nobody will keep two competing lines of MCUs in same company, this means Freescale will drop all MCUs which are similar to what NXP have already.