The design site in Israel is significantly impacted: between 100-200 people will be fired out of 500 currently.
900 people in total will loose their jobs. Most likely the Cellular division will be completely closed and some people from Austin will be terminated.
Would that they do what HP once did and fire the bottom 10% of their employees every few years. It keeps the lint out of the closet and keeps a company productive. Yet another reason to invest in Freescale, it's in a "Right to Work" state much to the HORROR of the Unions and thus you can be fired at any time for cause (no unemployment) or for the convenience of the company (which they would prefer not to do because in many markets the unemployment costs mean they'd have been better off offering the employee a pay cut first).
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