There are numerous stories around the blogosphere that four sole semi-conductor patent-holders, all employed by Freescale Semiconductors (Texas-based) died or have disappeared with Malaysia Flight MH370, and that Jacob Rothschild is now the sole owner and automatically inherits an important patent. “Rumor” web postings list four supposed-Freescale passenger names, said to be the patent holders. None of those names are found on the Malaysia Air’s website passenger manifest. Snopes has posted a link to the actual patent, and if that link is the patent, the names on the patent do not match the “rumored” names (see below) and none of the names showing on the patent, are on the passenger manifest. Rumors also are associating work in “electronic warfare” and “military radar” to be industries Freescale is involved in, and, indeed, they are. A Linked-In job position looking for a “RF [Radio Frequency] Military Systems Engineer in Tempe, Arizona was posted “131 days ago.”
RF is looking for a Systems Engineer to take the lead role in assessing and understanding Defense Electronics customers’ systems and requirements and guiding Freescale’s product R&D teams to develop products and enablement collateral to meet customer needs.
Desired Skills and Experience (snippet):
● Minimum 8 years experience in the RF potions of Military/Defense electronic systems, with greatest weight given to Radar (land, ship, airborne, pulsed, phased array, etc). ● Experience in Electronic Warfare and/or military communications systems are highly desirable.
A US technology company which had 20 senior staff on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing.
Freescale Semiconductor, which makes powerful microchips for industries including defence, released the powerful new products to the American market on March 3.
Five days later, Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board including 20 working for Freescale.
There are rumors that MH370’s skin may have been invisible to radar, ya da, ya da.
A number of years ago the Blackstone Group purchased Freescale. Lord Jacob Rothschild is identified on Blackstone’s webpage as a “Member,” “International Advisory Board.”
There are four Asian-sounding names said to be the passengers holding the patents. I won’t print them here because they do not appear on the MH370 passenger manifest, found on Malaysian Air’s website. View it here.
According to Snopes, the patent can be viewed here.
It is identified as “United States Patent Ramaraju, et al. Titled: Hierarchical error correction for large memories The inventors are Ravindraraj Ramaraju of Round Rock, TX US, Edmund J. Gieske of Cedar Park, TX US, David F. Greenberg of Austin, TX US. The Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (Austin, TX) Application No.: 13/045,307, Filed: March 10, 2011.
None of the above names are on the Malaysia MH370 passenger list, and again, none of the names in the “rumor” stories match names on MH370s passenger list, although stories blatantly claim they do. Clearly, 20 on board did work for Freescale, but none seemingly, have anything to do with the patent. Now, it is possible that the patent linked by Snopes is NOT the pertinent patent, but it seems unlikely that “engineers” and other “experts” would hold patents that the “most senior executives” of Freescale did not hold.
UPDATE 3:27 p.m. 3/24/14: There is another Freescale patent, with another patent number, that attributes the rumored names to the patent in question, but again, the names in this patent are not on the passenger manifest. The patent is titled “System for Optimizing Number of Dies Produced on a Wafer.”
AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 8, 2014– Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news. The company is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.
CBS News reports the loss of Freescale employees, 12 of whom were from Malaysia, and eight of whom were from China.” So that totals the 20 lost. CBS said nothing about Jacob Rothschild. Reuters, March 9, 2014, quotes Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations of Freescale:
“These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people,” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”
International Business Times (IBT) also looked at the Freescale patent story from “conspiracy theorists” and concluded that all sources were anonymous and they also link to Before It’s News.
Reuters said the Freescale employees were “mostly engineers and other experts” but then says:
None of Austin, Texas-based Freescale’s most senior executives were on board the Boeing Co 777-200ER airliner that vanished from radar screens about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on Saturday.
One more possible conundrum is the report of people in the Maldives saying they they saw a very low-flying “jumbo jet” flying over them on the morning of March 8, 2014 at about 6:15 a.m. their time. These reports were dismissed because it would have been too dark to for people to see the aircraft, but — sunrise that day was at 6:15 a.m.
Then there are reports that a Boeing 737 landed in New Guinea a year ago, undetected by radar and unexpected by Jacksons International Airport (Port Moresby) in Papua New Guinea. That flight is believed to be connected to drug cartels. I find that a 777 needs a 5,000 ft. runway. Jacksons has a new 9,000 ft. runway. Does it have a hangar to hide a 777? Don’t know. Take a look at this photo showing the difference in size between a 737 and a 777.
In any event, today debris has found in the south Indian Ocean, described bearing colors of green or gray and orange. Photos show Malaysia Air’s colors are red and blue (or maybe orange) and we don’t know what was inside the plane.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister announced that the flight went down in those remote roiling seas and all aboard died. He said new NEVER BEFORE USED satellite data confirmed that the plane is lost, but did not offer details. Trace Gallagher on Fox News just said that the technology tracks how close the plane’s “pings” were to the satellite, and found that the aircraft could not have gone north, and that the data shows that other airline routes match these findings exactly (all paraphrased until I find the statement.
Trusting the Malaysian government, which seems to very much to want to get this story off the headlines, is like trusting Union members to enter your private business with a government safety inspector to make a determination about your penalty, whether you deserve one, or not.
Remember that the Captain, Zaharie Shah, was reportedly, a political opponent of the Prime Minister. That could also be a rumor.
Having said all that, if the passengers are never coming back, we must find the plane and we must know if terrorism is involved. Thanks to Facebook friend Christine Dennis urging me to dig deeper.
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