"One billion sold!" No, not hamburgers, but chips from Freescale's sensor unit which it inherited from Motorola's micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) group. It took 30 years to reach one billion, but as with hamburgers, the accelerated pace of sensor sales sold half of those units in the last few years. Look for Freescale to sell its second billion sensors within three years. R.C.J.
Freescale Semiconductor Monday (June 22) claimed its billionth sensor shipped at the IEEE's Transducers 2009 conference in Denver. Freescale's micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs) unit, which was originally part of Motorola, has a 30-year history in sensors and is currently No. 1 in automotive sensors, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. To integrate its current line of MEMs chips and capacitive proximity sensors, Freescale (Austin, Texas) announced a Sensor Toolbox download that offers a common development software environment for designing with its sensors.