Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) celebrated the first year of the
Freescale Discovery Lab, an incubator where inventors of the next big
thing pursue high risk, high reward ideas. Based in Austin, Texas at the
company's headquarters in Oak Hill, the lab brings together Freescale's
best minds from across the company and around the globe to test and
prove unique ideas that offer significant improvements on existing
technologies or techniques.
Freescale Discovery Lab Celebrates a Year of Innovation
Inventors at the Discovery Lab are working on a variety of technology
from exploring alternative materials, creating cutting edge packaging
technology to architecting new systems and software that will enable
next generation products to fuel major market trends such as IoT
(Internet of Things), SDN (Software Defined Networks), and ADAS
(Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). Every employee is encouraged to
submit ideas and when accepted, that employee is assigned to the lab in
Austin to work full-time on its realization. Since its opening, over 200
ideas have been submitted, and more than 20 employees are currently
working on nine projects. The Freescale Discovery Lab has forged
partnerships with numerous domestic and international universities, and
a second lab will soon break ground in Toulouse, France.
Freescale has a proud history of innovation and has playeda significant
role in the evolution of embedded technologies. Freescale delivered the
first automotive microcontroller designed to improve fuel efficiency and
control emissions; it also helped transmit the first words from the Moon
with its radio frequency (RF) technology.
"We couldn't be more proud of what the Freescale Discovery Lab has
accomplished in such a short period of time," said Gregg Lowe, Freescale
president and chief executive officer. "These labs will continue to be a
haven for disruptive innovation that nurtures new ideas, bringing about
dramatic improvements in technology that change the face of our
Lowe and David Kramer, director of Freescale Discovery Lab, hosted an
event last week with Freescale employees around the globe to celebrate
the lab's success and the announcement of the new Toulouse lab opening
later this year.
"It's incredibly rewarding to witness the types of game-changing ideas
that can lead to new products that dramatically improve what exists or
even create entirely new markets right from within the walls and from
the minds of our employees," said Kramer. "Freescale has always been
about challenging the status quo in our industry and continually proving
these never-before-seen concepts helps us maintain that leadership."
For additional information visit: www.freescale.com/discoverylabs
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded
processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are
advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.
From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated
circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the
innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more
connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include
automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation
wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is
based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development,
manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com.
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Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm Off. All other product or
service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2014
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
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