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NXP, Freescale bosses 'very excited' about the future

As you might have predicted, Rick Clemmer – NXP's boss – told an audience of analysts on a conference call today that he was 'very excited' about the deal to acquire Freescale. "Both companies are strategically aligned and have similar cultural values."

Not wanting to be left out, Gregg Lowe, Freescale's president and CEO – and who maybe inspecting his garden more closely in the future – told those dialling in that he was also excited. "There are two complementary ...

What shape will the merged NXP, Freescale company take?

Spun out of Motorola in 2004 and acquired by private investors in 2006, the latest chapter in the often troubled history of Freescale has just opened. In a deal which see it become the junior partner, it has been acquired by NXP in a deal which values it at $17.6billion, including its debt. The companies say they will be the leading supplier of semiconductors to the auto industry and the number one general purpose MCU supplier.

IoT opportunities abound, but will small businesses miss out?

Last month saw the launch of HyperCatCity, a collaborative programme intended to build an open and interoperable set of standards to support the Internet of Things. It was suggested that the UK was well placed to take advantage of the fast growing global market for Smart City technology solutions leveraging the economy's particular strengths in design, research, finance and engineering services.

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