NXP bought Freescale for $11.8 Billion


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

More on this subject could be found here and here.

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.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. manuti
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 15:01:47

    It`s a shame, for me this was the most important news of the past week but is obscured by the MWC of Barcelona and no place for more geeky / technic buuz.
    NXP is strong in car industry … maybe is a step in the conecte automobile.


  2. xxiao
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 16:58:13

    Freescale is No.2 in automobile and it’s actually stronger than NXP.
    NXP has nothing in high-end CPU at all, some NXPer actually said they consider FSL is better in both management and product and they’re shocked to hear the news. This acquisition is absolultey disgusting and insane, purely for the sake of some money in short-term. FSL is also great at releasing documents and working with open-source, where NXP had no clue whatsoever. Time to find other chips to design my products.

    Worst news for me last week.


  3. Lumpi
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 19:56:57

    Philips buys Motorola! What a headline would that have been back in the golden times of the mc3362!


  4. cpldcpu
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 20:15:28

    MCUs are not everything. Maybe you should look at this article to understand, why NXP is the senior partner in this deal:


    NXP is really big in NFC and many design wins in the consumer space (for example Apple) pushed their stock price significantly. This wasn’t a cash deal, but a stock swap.


  5. LinAdmin
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 22:05:54

    This merger does not imply that the good Freescale products will disappear. Most probably both product lines will benefit from economy of scale.


  6. Lix
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 00:30:31

    I beg to disagree in regard to documentation and openess: I am working with both lines of micro controllers, and Freescale seems to have by far some of the worst technical writers on the planet. I had huge problems to understand hoe to use certain features (try for instance the Flash swap mechanism!). In contrast, NXP has very decent user manuals.

    On another hand, after the acquisition of Code Red, NXP is probably the single company in the world with a broad ARM Cortex line of controllers that provides an excellent open-source based, multiplatform developing tool: their lpcespresso runs on Linux, Mac and Windows and is gcc and Eclipse based (open source industry standards). Freescale is Windows centric, and I can’t wait seeing NXP’s lpcespresso soon supporting the whole Freescale ARM line!


  7. foo
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 22:52:36

    Hmm? freescale is #16 in semis, nxp is #14. Similarly, nxp is bigger than freescale in mcus, car elec, and just about any other dimension you can think of (revenue, profit, #employees).


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