Freescale Opens New Technology Center in Guadalajara

Engineers at the new facility focus on applications development using embedded processors and microcontrollers, sensors, RF, analog and mixed-signal ICs for the networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets.

Freescale Semiconductor, on June 8, opened a new 65,000-square-foot facility in Tlaquepaque, a municipality within Guadalajara.

The new Freescale Mexico Business and Technology Center is three times larger than the company's previous facility in Guadalajara and offers nearly 22,000 square feet of additional space for future expansion. The facility currently houses more than 250 Freescale collaborators and is large enough to accommodate more than 500 people with state-of-the-art laboratories for medical, automotive, appliance and multimedia applications.

Freescale engineers at the new facility focus on applications development using embedded processors and microcontrollers, sensors, RF, analog and mixed-signal ICs for the networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets. The facility also houses customer service and post-sales support, direct and channel sales, field quality engineering, finance, information technology computer-integrated manufacturing, supply chain, marketing and Mexico government relations staff.

"We maintain a strong technical talent pipeline through our university relations program in Mexico and have had excellent government support during the last five years," said Germn Hernndez, Mexico country manager for Freescale. "Freescale has attracted some of the best and brightest minds in semiconductor design and embedded software development in the region, thanks to our many years of active support and collaboration with leading universities throughout Latin America."

Freescale has maintained a strong presence in Mexico since its first Latin American facility opened in Guadalajara in 1968. Over the years, the company has continued to expand its technology and sales presence throughout Mexico. In 2004, Freescale consolidated its IC design center operations in Guadalajara.

Freescale also has a world-class design center in Campinas City, Brazil, near So Paulo. The Brazil Semiconductor Technology Center (BSTC) plays a key role in the companys advanced microcontroller designs for automotive and industrial applications and serves as a strategic design resource for the joint development program between Freescale and STMicroelectronics.

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