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Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas with design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations in more than 75 locations in 19 countries. The company employs 17,000 people worldwide.Freescale designs and produces embedded hardware and software for the automotive, networking, industrial and consumer markets with a current emphasis on technology enablement of the Internet of Things , Software-Defined Networking and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems .Freescale’s product portfolio includes microcontrollers , microprocessors , digital signal processors, digital signal controllers, sensors, RF power integrated circuits and power management ICs. The company also offers software development tools to support product design and development. Freescale’s current patent portfolio includes approximately 6,100 patent families.Freescale currently ranks 8th among semiconductor companies in the United States and is ranked 16th worldwide, as measured by total revenue. 17 billion Freescale semiconductor products are in use around the world today, enabling applications such as vehicle networking and information, vehicle radar and vision systems, networking security appliances, network routers and switches, hospital and in-home healthcare devices, smart energy, factory automation, eReaders and wearable devices. Wikipedia.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Fellowship | Award Amount: 1.24M | Year: 2015

Future information and communication networks will certainly consist of both classical and quantum devices, some of which are expected to be dishonest, with various degrees of functionality, ranging from simple routers to servers executing quantum algorithms. The realisation of such a complex network of classical and quantum communication must rely on a solid theoretical foundation that, nevertheless, is able to foresee and handle the intricacies of real-life implementations. The study of security, efficiency and verification of quantum communication and computation is inherently related to the fundamental notions of quantum mechanics, including entanglement and non-locality, as well as to central notions in classical complexity theory and cryptography. The central Research objective of our proposal is an end to end investigation of the verification and validation of quantum technologies, from full scale quantum computers and simulators to communication networks with devices of varying size and complexity down to realistic ``quantum gadgets. This goal represents a key challenge in the transition from theory to practice for quantum computing technologies. We will work closely with experimentalists and engineers to ensure that theoretical progress takes Development considerations into account, and will design prototypes for proof-of-principle demonstrations of our methods. The experimental aspects of our proposal are supported by the PIs associate directorial position at the Oxford led hub, joint projects with the York led hub as well as other ongoing collaborations with experimental labs in France and Austria. Meanwhile the required expertise in engineering design would be supported through a new collaboration of the PI as part of the Edinburgh Li-Fi research and development centre. The Deployment axis, complementing our core activity in research-development, will be built upon the unique Edinburgh entrepreneurial culture supported by Informatics Ventures as well as a dedicated senior business advisory board (which sponsored the PIs recent patent on quantum cloud). Advances to the problem of secure delegated computation would have an immediate significant consequence on how computational problems are solved in the real world. One can envision virtually unlimited computational power to end users on the go, using just a simple terminal to access the computing cloud which would turn any smartphone into a quantum-enhanced phone. This will generate new streams of growth for the UK cyber security sector as well as complementary business developments for the National quantum technology investment.


Patent
Freescale Semiconductor | Date: 2016-01-07

First and second semiconductor die are mounted to first and second die pads of a lead frame disposed in a lead frame sheet. With a plurality of wire bonds, each post of a plurality of posts of the lead frame is connected to the first and second semiconductor die. Each post extends inward from opposite sides of the lead frame between the first and second die pads and is connected with a respective one of a plurality of leads of the lead frame. The first and second semiconductor die, the plurality of posts of the lead frame, and the plurality of wire bonds are encapsulated in a package. The lead frame sheet is sheared to define each lead of the plurality of leads. The plurality of posts includes first and second sets of posts extending inward from first and second opposite sides of the lead frame.


Patent
Freescale Semiconductor | Date: 2016-01-07

A device includes a semiconductor substrate having a first conductivity type, a device isolating region in the semiconductor substrate, defining an active area, and having a second conductivity type, a body region in the active area and having the first conductivity type, and a drain region in the active area and spaced from the body region to define a conduction path of the device, the drain region having the second conductivity type. At least one of the body region and the device isolating region includes a plurality of peripheral, constituent regions disposed along a lateral periphery of the active area, each peripheral, constituent region defining a non-uniform spacing between the device isolating region and the body region. The non-uniform spacing at a respective peripheral region of the plurality of peripheral, constituent regions establishes a first breakdown voltage lower than a second breakdown voltage in the conduction path.


A method of detecting a set up signal having a predetermined frequency and used for data transmissions over a communication network comprises comparing an energy level of a filtered received signal with a first predetermined value and providing a first detect signal, comparing an energy level of a component of the received signal at a predetermined frequency with a second predetermined value and providing a second detect signal. In addition, an autocorrelation function is performed on the received signal to discriminate between the set up signal and other signals in the received signal and a check signal is provided when the autocorrelation function identifies the set up signal. The set up signal in the received signal is detected in response to the first and the second detect signals and the check signal. A method of detecting phase reversals in the set up signal is also disclosed.


Patent
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft and Freescale Semiconductor | Date: 2015-01-29

An imager simulator configured to be used in lieu of an imager within a vehicle is provided. The imager simulator includes an image source configured to store pre-determined reference data; and an imager interface unit configured to generate image data based on the pre-determined reference data. The image data conforms to a pre-determined format; and wherein the pre-determined format corresponds to a format of image data generated by the imager.

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