ST Microelectronics (Italy)

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ST Microelectronics is the world’s fifth largest semiconductor company with net revenues of US$ 8.51 billion in 2009. According to the latest industry data from iSupply, ST holds market leadership in many fields.

The Company is the leading producer of application-specific analog chips and power conversion devices. It is the #1 supplier of semiconductors for the Industrial market, set-top box applications, and MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) chips for portable and consumer devices, including game controllers and smart phones. ST also occupies leading positions in fields as varied as automotive integrated circuits (#3), chips for computer peripherals (#3), and the rapidly expanding market for MEMS overall (#5).


Product Portfolio
ST aims to be the leader in multimedia convergence and power applications, offering one of the world’s broadest product portfolios, including application-specific products containing a large proprietary IP content and multi-segment products that range from discrete devices to high-performance microcontrollers, secure smart card chips and MEMS devices. The Company provides solutions for a wide array of Digital Consumer applications, with a particular focus on set-top boxes, digital TVs and digital audio, including radio. In the Computer Peripherals arena, ST provides leading solutions in data storage, printing, visual display units, power management for PC motherboards, and power supplies. A wide range of ST’s ASSPs (Application Specific Standard Products) power sophisticated Automotive systems such as engine control, vehicle safety equipment, door modules, and in-car infotainment The Company also supplies industrial integrated circuits (IC) for factory automation systems, chips for lighting, battery chargers and power supplies, as well as chips for advanced Secure Access applications. ST pioneered and continues to refine the use of platform-based design methodologies for complex ICs in demanding applications such as mobile multimedia, set-top boxes and computer peripherals.

Research & Development and Manufacturing
Since its creation, ST has maintained an unwavering commitment to R&D and is one of the industry’s most innovative companies. In 2009, ST spent US$2.37B in R&D, which is approximately 28% of the Company’s 2009 revenues. ST’s process technology portfolio includes advanced CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) logic including embedded memory variants, mixed-signal, analog and power processes. ST has a worldwide network of front-end (wafer fabrication) and back-end (assembly and test and packaging) plants.
ST has established a worldwide network of strategic alliances, including product development with key customers, technology development with customers and other semiconductor manufacturers, and equipment- and CAD-development alliances with major suppliers. These industrial partnerships are complemented by a wide range of research programs conducted with leading universities and research institutes around the world, in addition to playing a key role in Europe’s advanced technology. research programs such as CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics), a successor to MEDEA+, and industry initiatives such as ENIAC (European Nanoelectronics Initiative) and ARTEMIS (Embedded Computing Systems Initiative).

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