Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

  • Why You Should Invest in Microcontrollers

    By Damon Churchwell - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: ATML, CY, FSL, MCHP

    If you are interested in semiconductor stocks but want companies with somewhat less volatile earnings profiles, makers of microcontrollers may be a good choice. Microcontrollers (MCUs) are programmable, embedded "systems-on-a-chip" that are being utilized by an increasing number of industries, from autos and appliances to portable electronics. My basis for believing their profits will be less volatile is a rising adoption of these products by manufacturers across the globe.

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  • A Semiconductor Stock To Consider

    By ANUP SINGH - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: ATML, FSL, TXN

    Those who are familiar with the semiconductor industry will know how important Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) is. The company is engaged in the design and manufacture of semiconductor chips to designers around the globe and it functions through four segments - Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless, and Other.

    In line with the decision to exit the volatile mobile computing segment, it closed its OMAP unit for smartphones and tablets last year. The more »

  • Four Electronics Company Earnings to Look Into

    By Damon Churchwell - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: BHE, FLEX, FLIR, FSL

    Thursday, July 25: the peak of second-quarter earnings season. These four electronics-related companies will report on that day, some with share prices that have skyrocketed this year. Will the positive trends persist? Let's take a look at each and see what we find.

    A diversifying electronics manufacturing services company

    What separates Benchmark Electronics (NYSE: BHE) from its electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider peers is a more aggressive approach to more »

  • 3 Most Bullish Upgrades From Tuesday

    By Brian Nichols - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: FB, FSL, YHOO

    Three technology stocks saw particularly large gains due to bullish calls on Tuesday, but were these good calls? A good call is determined by an analyst’s ability to prove his point with channel checks and/or other unknown fundamental research. Therefore, we shall see if the call was worthy of the movement.

    Higher Margins, Revenue, and Profits…. But What About Debt?

    The semiconductor company Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) saw more »

  • The Companies to Bet on for the Internet of Things

    By Daniel Cawrey - May 1, 2013 | Tickers: ARMH, BBY, FSL, INTC

    The term “Internet of things” was first coined in 1999 by Kevin Aston, an early pioneer of radio-frequency identification technology. Since then, the meaning has morphed from tagging everything with a computer chip to something a bit different. Now it is generally understood as items being Internet-enabled, constantly communicating and processing data.

    Sound weird? It might at first blush, but it is a clear trend. Years ago people used to more »

  • Microcontroller Producers to Bounce Back?

    By Damon Churchwell - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: ATML, FSL, MCHP

    Microcontrollers (MCUs), over the years, have generally withstood semiconductor market cyclicality better than standard chip products. This has likely been because of the large and growing number of applications for those devices that combine computer system components on a single unit. In 2012, sales have retreated somewhat, due to soft conditions in end markets such as industrial and consumer-related sectors. Over the long haul, the product category should sustain an more »

  • Investing in Immigrants - Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Reasons for Visa Reform

    By Nick Slepko - July 18, 2012 | Tickers: ADM, ADSK, ECL, FSL, WY

    [continued from "Investing in Immigrants - The Future of Engineering Looks Good for California, Baja California"]

    Minnesota-based global sanitation and chemicals major Ecolabs (NYSE: ECL) believes it will be able to almost double its revenues if it can find the talent it needs to hit its stated goal of $11 billion in revenue and capitalize on its recent merger.  Chairman, President, and CEO Douglas Baker has also expressed concern that, “Currently more »

  • Arm Holdings Unveils the Chip of the Future

    By Tony Daltorio - March 20, 2012 | Tickers: ARMH, FSL, NXPI, ERIC

    While semiconductor company Intel dominated chip sales in the PC era, another company has taken over the mantle in the era of smartphones and tablet computers. Chips based on architecture designed by UK-based Arm Holdings (NASDAQ: ARMH) have become predominant in popular electronic devices like the iPhone and iPad. 

    Arm is not sitting on its laurels either. It is aggressively designing more semiconductors to be used in devices of the more »

  • Freescale: Pull The Trigger

    By Nikhil Shamapant - January 18, 2012 | Tickers: FSL

    In an earlier article, http://beta.fool.com/shamapant/2011/12/13/ascending-triangle-freescale-semiconductor-holding/, I mentioned that Freescale Semiconductor Holdings(NYSE: FSL) had significant upside in fundamental and technical terms. I emphasized the technical as the highlight of the article, and I made a recommendation to buy " March 2012 Call Options with a strike of $12.50 for a price of $1.4, as priced Dec. 14th (Bid1.35Ask1.4Volume111)." I more »

  • Ascending Triangle- Freescale Semiconductor Holdings

    By Nikhil Shamapant - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: FSL

    Long Term Chart Patterns Series

    Brief Fundamental Analysis: I always do a brief check of fundamental ratios prior to a technical analysis-based speculation to make sure that nothing fundamentally large is misplaced in the stock and may cause the stock to move against its prior technical signals.

    Business: Freescale Semiconductor Holdings (NYSE: FSL)

    From the recent Freescale 10-Q, “Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of more »