NXP Semiconductors


NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors
Type Public (NASDAQNXPI)
Industry Electronics
Founded 2006, formerly a division of Philips
Headquarters Eindhoven, Netherlands
Key people Rick Clemmer, President & CEO
Products Semiconductors
Revenue increase US$ 4.5 Billion (2010)
Net income decrease US$ 462.5 Million (2010)
Employees 28,150
Website www.nxp.com

NXP Semiconductors is one of the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders, and was originally founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Formerly known as Philips Semiconductors, the company was sold by Philips to a consortium of private equity investors in 2006. The new name, NXP, stood for the consumer's "next experience", according to then-CEO Frans van Houten.[1] On August 6, 2010, NXP completed its IPO, with shares trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol NXPI.

NXP Semiconductors provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions based on its RF, analog, power management, interface, security and digital processing expertise. More informally, NXP has characterized its strategy as focusing on "products with no big chip in the middle."[2] These semiconductors are used in a wide range of "smart" automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 4.4 billion in 2010.[3]

NXP is the co-inventor of NFC or Near Field Communication technology along with Sony, and supplies NFC chip sets which enable mobile phones to be used to pay for goods, and store and exchange data securely.[4] NXP ranks No. 1 in chips for eGovernment applications such as electronic passports; No. 1 in transport and access management, with the chip set and contactless card for MIFARE used by many major public transit systems worldwide; and is No. 1 in RFID tags and labels.[5]

In addition, NXP is the global market leader in many other areas, including automotive chips for in-vehicle networking, passive keyless entry and immobilization, and car radios,[6] as well as silicon tuners for the TV and set-top-box market.[7] As of February 2011, NXP had shipped over one billion ARM processor-based chips and is the only provider of microcontrollers with a roadmap based exclusively on 32-bit ARM architecture.[8]

According to CEO Rick Clemmer, key growth areas for NXP include energy-efficient GreenChip technology for power and lighting, telematics, authentication technology, and solutions for the Smart Home or home automation market.[9] NXP is also involved in sensors for various applications such as automotive,[10] white goods and home appliances, industrial automation, and building automation.

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History

Philips Semiconductors

  • Signetics was acquired by Philips in 1975. At the time, it was claimed that "with the Signetics acquisition, Philips was now number two in the league table of semiconductor manufacturers in the world."[11] In 1987, Philips-Signetics, a unit of Philips, was ranked Europe's largest semiconductor maker, with sales of $1.36 billion in 1986.[12]
  • Philips acquired VLSI Technology in June 1999. At the time, the acquisition made Philips the world's sixth largest semiconductor company.[13]
  • In December 2005, Philips announced its intention to legally separate its semiconductor division, Philips Semiconductors, into an independent legal entity.[14]

Spin-off of NXP Semiconductors

  • The new company name NXP was announced on August 31, 2006,[16] and was officially launched during the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer electronics show in Berlin. The newly independent NXP was ranked as one of the world's top 10 semiconductor companies.[17] At the time, CEO Frans van Houten emphasized the importance of NXP in enabling "vibrant media" technologies in mobile phones, digital TVs, portable music players and other consumer electronics devices.[18]
  • NXP's first acquisition as an independent company was in 2007, when NXP announced that it would acquire Silicon Laboratories’ AeroFONE single-chip phone and power amplifier product lines to strengthen its Mobile and Personal business.[19] Fourteen months later, NXP announced that it would transform its Mobile and Personal business unit into a joint venture with STMicroelectronics, which in 2009 became ST-Ericsson, a 50/50 joint venture of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and STMicroelectronics, after ST purchased NXP's 20% stake.[20]
  • Similarly, in April 2008, NXP annnounced it would acquire the set-top box business of Conexant to complement its existing Home business unit.[21] In October 2009, NXP announced that it would sell its Home business unit to Trident Microsystems.[22]
  • In September 2008, NXP announced that it would restructure its manufacturing, R&D and back office operations, resulting in 4,500 job cuts worldwide, for annual savings of $550 million.[23]

Focus on High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Products

  • Current President and CEO Rick Clemmer took over from Frans van Houten on January 1, 2009.[24] Clemmer has emphasized the importance of "high performance mixed signal" products as a key focus area for NXP.[25] As of 2011, "standard products" including components such as small signal, power and integrated discretes[26] accounted for 30 percent of NXP's business.[27]
  • On July 26, 2010, NXP announced that it had acquired Jennic,[28] which now operates as its Low Power RF business, offering wireless connectivity solutions such as JenNet-IP.
  • On August 6, 2010, NXP announced its IPO at NASDAQ, with 34,000,000 shares, pricing each $14.[29]
  • In December 2010, NXP announced that it would sell its Sound Solutions business to Knowles Electronics, part of Dover Corporation, for $855 million in cash.[30] The acquisition was completed as of July 5, 2011.[31]
  • In 2010, NXP posted revenues of $589 million worldwide across its Identification business unit, including secure transactions, secure identity, and tagging and authentication product lines.[32]

Main markets

NXP offers High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions for a wide range of applications, including:

  • Automotive
  • Identification
  • Wireless Infrastructure
  • Lighting
  • Industrial
  • Mobile
  • Consumer
  • Computing[33]

Worldwide sites

NXP Headquarters in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, July 2011
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NXP ARM processor
  • Europe
    • Eindhoven, Netherlands
    • Nijmegen, Netherlands
    • Dresden, Germany
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • Munich, Germany
    • Stuttgart, Germany
    • Caen, France
    • Belfast, UK
    • Manchester, UK (formerly known as Hazel Grove campus)
    • Sheffield, UK (acquired Jennic Limited in 2010)
    • Southampton, UK
    • Vienna, Austria
    • Gratkorn, Austria
    • Leuven, Belgium
    • Zurich, Switzerland
    • Budapest, Hungary
  • Asia
    • Bangalore, India
    • Hyderabad, India
    • Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Osaka, Japan
    • Seoul, Korea
    • Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    • Hongkong, China
    • Dongguan, China
    • Shanghai, China
    • Shenzhen, China
    • Seremban, Malaysia
    • Batam, Indonesia
    • Singapore
    • Bangkok, Thailand
    • Haifa, Israel
  • Americas
    • Austin, TX, USA
    • Boston, MA, USA
    • San Diego, CA, USA
    • San Jose, CA, USA
    • Schaumburg, IL, USA
    • Tempe, AZ, USA

See also

  • Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Market Share Ranking Year by Year
  • MIFARE

References

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