NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N. V. is a global semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Eindhoven and Austin, Texas, USA. The company employs 31,000 people in more than 35 countries, including 11,200 engineers in 33 countries. NXP reported revenue of $9.4 billion in 2018. On October 27, 2016, it was announced that Qualcomm would try to buy NXP, but because the Chinese merger authority did not approve the acquisition before the deadline set by Qualcomm, it was canceled on 26 July 2018. NXP said it was the fifth-largest non-memory semiconductor supplier in 2016, the leading semiconductor supplier for the secure identification and digital networking industries; the company was founded in 1953 as part of the electrical and electronics firm Philips, with manufacturing and development in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Known as Philips Semiconductors, the company was sold to a consortium of private equity investors in 2006, at which point the company's name was changed to NXP. On August 6, 2010, NXP completed its initial public offering, with shares trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol NXPI.

On December 23, 2013, NXP Semiconductors was added to the NASDAQ 100. On March 2, 2015, it was announced that NXP Semiconductors would merge with chip designer and manufacturer Freescale Semiconductor in a $40 billion US-dollar deal; the merger was closed on December 7, 2015. NXP Semiconductors provides mixed signal and standard products based on its security, automotive, radio frequency, analog signal, power management expertise. With an emphasis on security of the connected vehicle and the Internet of things, the company's products are used in automotive, identification and wireless infrastructure, industrial, consumer and computing applications. For example, in order to protect against potential hackers, NXP offers gateways to automotive manufacturers that prevent communication with every network within a car independently. NXP is the co-inventor of near field communication technology along with Sony and supplies NFC chip sets that enable mobile phones to be used to pay for goods, store and exchange data securely.

NXP manufactures chips for eGovernment applications such as electronic passports. In addition, NXP manufactures automotive chips for in-vehicle networking, passive keyless entry and immobilization, car radios. NXP has since supplied products using it. Before the divestiture of Nexperia, NXP was a volume supplier of standard logic devices, celebrated its 50 years in logic in March 2012. NXP owns over 9,000 issued or pending patents. Silicon Valley–based Signetics, the "first company in the world established expressly to make and sell integrated circuits" and inventor of the 555 timer IC, was acquired by Philips in 1975. At the time, it was claimed that "with the Signetics acquisition, Philips was now number two in the league table of semiconductor manufacturers in the world." In 1987, Philips-Signetics, a unit of Philips, was ranked Europe's largest semiconductor maker, with sales of $1.36 billion in 1986. Philips acquired VLSI Technology in June 1999. At the time, the acquisition made Philips the world's sixth largest semiconductor company.

In December 2005, Philips announced its intention to separate its semiconductor division, Philips Semiconductors, into an independent legal entity. In September 2006, Philips completed the sale of an 80.1% stake in Philips Semiconductors to a consortium of private equity investors consisting of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Apax Partners, AlpInvest Partners. The new company name NXP was announced on August 31, 2006, was launched during the Internationale Funkausstellung consumer electronics show in Berlin; the newly independent NXP was ranked as one of the world's top 10 semiconductor companies. At the time, CEO Frans van Houten emphasized the importance of NXP in enabling "vibrant media" technologies in mobile phones, digital TVs, portable music players and other consumer electronics devices. NXP's first acquisition as an independent company was in 2007, when NXP announced that it would acquire Silicon Laboratories’ AeroFONE single-chip phone and power amplifier product lines to strengthen its Mobile and Personal business.

Fourteen months NXP announced that it would transform its Mobile and Personal business unit into a joint venture with STMicroelectronics, which in 2009 became ST-Ericsson, a 50/50 joint venture of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and STMicroelectronics, after ST purchased NXP's 20% stake. In April 2008, NXP announced it would acquire the set-top box business of Conexant to complement its existing Home business unit. In October 2009, NXP announced. In September 2008, NXP announced that it would restructure its manufacturing, R&D and back office operations, resulting in 4,500 job cuts worldwide, for annual savings of $550 million. Current president and CEO Rick Clemmer took over from Frans van Houten on January 1, 2009. Clemmer has emphasized the importance of "high performance mixed signal" products as a key focus area for NXP; as of 2011, "standard products" including components such as small signal and integrated discretes accounted for 30 percent of NXP's business. On July 26, 2010, NXP announced that it had acquired Jennic based in Sheffield, UK, which now operates as part of its smart home and energy product line, using ZigBee a

New City Hall (Prague)

Prague New City Hall, the central administrative building of the city of Prague, is located on the east side of Mariánské náměstí in the centre of the Old Town, Prague 1, across from the Clementinum building complex. Since 1945, it has been the seat of Prague City Hall, Prague City Council, Prague City Assembly and the Mayor of the City of Prague; the building contains offices, meeting halls and formal residences for the mayor and other city officials. The hall stands in Virgin Mary Square; this was the site of a Romanesque church until 1798. In 1904 the city council announced a competition to design a new Radnice; the architect Osvald Polívka was announced as the winner in 1906. The new Radnice was constructed in 1908 – 1911 based on Polívka's Art Nouveau plans. There were a few changes during the construction when it was realised that the floor area needed to be increased and the Emperor-King had a view on the design; the building is decorated by sculptures and reliefs by Stanislav Sucharda, Josef Mařatka and Ladislav Šaloun.

Šaloun's sculptures are on the corners of the building, he is the same local sculptor who created the city's iconic Jan Hus Memorial. The building, intended as a tax and financial office, was equipped with paternoster lifts, which were modern at the time. There were two lifts designed by John Prokopec which included safety features that allowed the lifts to operate at higher speeds with each of the twelve carriages having room for two people; the core of the building was a hall on the first floor with chandeliers and a transparent roof by Franta Anýž. Since the 1970s there has been only one paternoster lift; this lift still covers the four floors but it now has thirteen carriages. On the wall of the main staircase leading to the assembly hall, there is a memorial plaque for Milada Horáková by sculptor Jaroslava Lukešová. Horáková was a politician in the city, she had opposed both the communists. The latter executed her after a show trial in 1952; the New City Hall is a residency for the local government.

Apart from the mayor of the City of Prague, the members of Prague City Council and some of the departments have their meetings there. Umělecké památky Prahy, Růžena Baťková, Academia 1998, Architektonický obzor Jaroslava Staňková, Jiří Štursa, Svatopluk Voděra: Pražská architektura: významné stavby jedenácti století, Praha, 1991, ISBN 80-900209-6-8 Mayor of the City of Prague Prague City Hall Prague City Council Prague City Assembly Media related to Nová radnice, Praha at Wikimedia Commons

Lately (Stevie Wonder song)

"Lately" is a song by American singer Stevie Wonder recorded for his album Hotter than July. The song was covered by R&B group Jodeci and released as a promotional single for the live album Uptown MTV Unplugged in June 1993. Jason Elias at Allmusic retrospectively praised the song, believing that unlike some of Wonder's similar material, "Lately" in particular hit all the perfect emotional and musical notes. Of the song's emotional power itself Elias stated, "it's enough to make a listener fall prey to an old-fashioned cry." "Lately" was notably covered by R&B group Jodeci for the Uptown MTV Unplugged release in 1993. The group's version of the song was released as a promotional single, claiming the number one spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts as the group's fourth R&B number one hit, it was Jodeci's highest peaking pop hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1993. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America; this version appears on Back to the Future: The Very Best of Jodeci, a greatest hits album from the group, released by Universal Records in 2005.

The group recorded an alternate studio version of the song, produced by group leader DeVante Swing. It is longer than the Uptown MTV Unplugged version and features an additional outro, they performed this version on The Arsenio Hall Show, with Stevie Wonder himself making a guest appearance and performing the song with Jodeci. Jodeci notably performed the song on Martin during the Season 2 episode "Hollywood Swinging", in which Martin interrupts their performance on the Varnel Hill talk show, much to the dismay of the group members. A reggae version by Rudy Grant reached no. 58 in the UK Singles Chart in 1981, prior to the original entering the same chart. A jazz version of "Lately" as done by George Benson appeared on Absolute Benson; the song was covered by English pop group S Club 7 and released as a bonus track on their album 7, released in 2000, as well as by Will Martin on his album Inspirations, 2010. South Korean ballad singers Kim Yeon-woo and Sung Si Kyung have covered "Lately" at several of their concerts.

The cover is featured in his special album "Try to Remember." On American Idol, the song was performed by Season 1's finalist RJ Helton, Season 3's John Stevens, Season 5's Melissa McGhee, Season 10's Stefano Langone, Season 11's Colton Dixon, by Season 12's Amber Holcomb. This song was sampled in Rick Ross' song "Here I Am" List of number-one R&B singles of 1993 "Lately" Review at AllMusic Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics