AUSTIN-- Austin-based company Freescale Semiconductor has issued astatement on their websiteconfirming 20 passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, that vanished one hours after takeoff, worked at the company.

Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China.

According to a tweet by the company, 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.

At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families, said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, Freescale. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.

Freescale has assembled counselors and other professionals through Freescale s Employee Assistance Program, with around-the-clock support for those impacted by this tragedy.

Freescale is an American company that produces and designs embedded hardware. The company was previously known as Motorola.

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