He sold 350,000 shares out of 450,000 available in early Dec 2012.
He sold 320,000 shares out of 2,550,000 available in early Jan 2013 (stock options).
Bottom line: he sold about 25% of his shares recently. He feels this is a local peak of the semiconductor momentum and sells some. Pay some attention to this.
If by analogue engineers you mean nano scale analogue then you're right, I agree, but not many shops are doing fabrication today within the US. Frankly part of what's killing US fab is that the materials involved, no matter how small an amount may be involved, are highly regulated by the EPA. This was one of the reasons Apple couldn't come up with a development plan to let them build some of their stuff here. That and the INCREDIBLY high capital start up costs for all but the most limited experimental equipment. (e.g. hand jobbing wafers, something I haven't seen done since I attended an engineering conference in Illinois and got to explore their fab lab). Yes, you can make some good things with such equipment, but you can't output large small die large diameter wafers in quantities that make you anywhere near competitive with China unless they have enough IP in them that you don't want to share that most of their value is in their function. Then you're good just until it the Chinese manage to get a hold of one of your chips and reverse mask it.
Freescale has this HUGE gap they can step into if they do it right. I'm more angry at their business expansion people who have missed a big bet by repackaging some of the 32bit development systems (the exportable stuff) into hobbyist robotics and process control kits. It's about time we put more emphasis in engineering curricula on some business management too. I found in the real world where most of my University "well rounded student" electives would have been better spent in business classes. Too many companies have gone down because some idiot MBA who didn't understand the industry got put into a position of authority. I made serious mistakes as a CTO because I didn't really know how to manage a CEO who consistently grilled my senior programmers and took their advice unfiltered through me. It eventually cost the company millions of dollars and two bankruptcies before he started to listen to my advice, by which time I was long gone. What I SHOULD have done is gone to the board and said "Listen, we gotta lose the swimming pool supply salesman and just get an administrator in here".
You obviously confuse computer chips with potato chips. Analog engineers are very hard to come by and the lint was removed about 5 years ago. Now they are letting very talented people go because the previous management allowed the company to run in silos. Some had really good quality control and some ran like Mom and Pop shops. The engineers are all really talented. They just lack consistent management. Hopefully the new leaders can make the company run as a team
More like 100%. Freescale is one of the largest designers and makers of industrial controls actually in the United States at a time when people are far far more concerned about what ELSE their controllers might be up to. Hence we won't be buying them from anyone we don't trust, or whose manufacturing process (particularly of wafers) has to be inspected at a microscopic level for security reasons DURING the fabrication process. That's going to leave Freescale and a few others with wipe open spaces for defense contracts as then we won't have to worry about "doped" chips with firmware on them doing things our government wouldn't approve of. One nice chip I saw was a double layer with the top being not connected to anything and the pins going to another similar chip hooked up to also provide surveillance. Just a prototype at the time but it made me realize how dependent we are on functional state charts and assumptions about the operation of semiconductors whose packaging prevents us from inspecting them directly.