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Freescale Chooses AeroScout for Asset-Tracking Solution

August 27, 2007

Wi-Fi-Based Active RFID project helps increase productivity by tracking and managing wafer lot boxes throughout one of Freescale's wafer fabs.


SAN MATEO, CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroScout, Inc., the leading provider of Wi-Fi-based Active RFID solutions, announced that Freescale Semiconductor has chosen AeroScout's real-time location solution to track and manage all production wafer lot boxes throughout one of its wafer fabrication factories.

AeroScout and Freescale designed an innovative and cost-effective way for associates to promptly locate lots (specialized wafer containers) on the factory floor. With the RFID solution, the lot location is displayed on a screen within seconds of arrival. This helps to improve lot handling and to minimize the risk of error.

"AeroScout delivered an easy-to-use solution that helped us improve productivity, while leveraging our existing network infrastructure," said Chris Magnella, operations manager, Freescale Semiconductor.

Each lot is affixed with one of AeroScout's Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tags. The tags communicate over Freescale's standard Wi-Fi network. AeroScout MobileView software then accurately maps the lots' locations as they progress through the manufacturing cycle and integrates directly with Freescale's existing manufacturing systems. Equipment operators can quickly locate and identify individual lots at their workstations. The actual lot is then triggered to visually identify itself via the tag's LED lights.

"Manufacturers still strive to realize the benefits of truly lean manufacturing, especially in environments as precise and high-value as the semiconductor industry," said Gabi Daniely, vice president of marketing and product strategy at AeroScout. "AeroScout's Wi-Fi-based Active RFID solution delivers an innovative way for semiconductor manufacturers to gain critical production improvements, while keeping disruption low by using the facility's existing Wi-Fi network infrastructure."

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, TX, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2006 sales of $6.4 billion (USD). www.freescale.com

About AeroScout
AeroScout is the leader in Active RFID asset tracking and location solutions over standard Wi-Fi networks. Its enterprise visibility solutions accurately locate and monitor assets and people in both indoor and outdoor environments to improve business processes. The company has over 200 customers in the healthcare, manufacturing and logistics industries including Boeing and more than 30 of the world's leading hospitals. Founded in 2000, AeroScout is headquartered in San Mateo with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit the company's Web site.

AeroScout is a registered trademark of AeroScout, Inc. Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information is subject to change without notice.


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