Freescale Semiconductor is no more

Freescale Semiconductor was bought by NXP Semiconductors. The deal was announced in March 2015 and completed on December 7th, Freescale shareholders received $6.25 in cash and 0.3521 of an NXP share per share. Together with Freescale’s debt, the total purchase price is about $16.7 billion. The freescale.com URL is now just a redirect to NXP website.

This is a sad news for all PowerPC and 68k fans, as Freescale (formerly Motorola) was the company behind our beloved CPUs. They were the makers of  68000, 68020, 68040 used in Macintoshes, Amigas and Atari ST computers in the 80's, first four generations of PowerPC and DragonBall chips in Palm handhelds.

At this very point I don't know, whether NXP plans to continue with the Freescale product line as it is, but there is at least one PowerPC computer in development, which would be affected badly with any changes or cancellations - the Amiga One X5000.

All of you, who use computers with G4 CPU (or any other, but the fourth generation of PowerPC chips was solely in the production of Freescale/Motorola), remember the company who created it, it is no more.
Written by Logout | Thursday, December 17, 2015 | Permanent link | Comments: 1