Freescale operates from two locations in the U.K. We have a vibrant community in East Kilbride, close to Glasgow, built around our Research and Development Centre of Excellence. This leading edge R&D program employs more than 170 highly skilled employees primarily involved in the development of new products for Freescale's automotive customers worldwide. A significant part of the team is also focused on the networking and industrial markets. We also operate a sales office in Aylesbury situated north-west of London.
Freescale has recently invested in major building works and developing key aspects of the East Kilbride site, including the design and build of a 5,000 sq. ft. New Product Introduction (NPI) test area.
The NPI area accommodates capital equipment used during the product test development, evaluation, characterization, reliability assessment and qualification of state of the art embedded microcontrollers (MCUs) used in the automotive market segment. NPI is a critical step in the semiconductor industry that ensures products are launched on schedule with the highest level of quality.
The Center of Excellence enables collaboration across teams to investigate new projects, explore prospective and emerging business areas, and enable new market opportunities for the company worldwide.