Thursday, March 24, 2011

STMicroelectronics Introduces the Market’s Smallest 3-Axis Analog Gyroscope

Innovative sensors from the market leader drive the adoption of advanced motion user interfaces in all kinds of consumer applications

Geveva, March 24, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable applications 1 has extended its motion-sensor portfolio with the market’s smallest 3-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside an ultra-small 4x4x1mm3 package, ST’s newest gyroscope combines superior performance and reliability with smart power management and design flexibility, advancing adoption of high-precision gesture control and intuitive user interfaces in mobile phones, tablets, game controllers and other consumer devices.

All of ST’s MEMS gyroscopes employ an industry-unique concept of a single sensing structure for motion measurement along all three orthogonal axes 2 . This innovative design approach eliminates all interference between the axes, significantly increasing accuracy and reliability in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. The Company has introduced more than 40 gyroscopes over past two years and boosted its market share in gyroscopes for consumer and mobile applications from less than 1% in 2009 to 30% in 2010.

STMicroelectronics Unveils Next-Generation iNEMO™ Engine; Enables New Level of Motion-Sensing Applications on Smart Consumer Devices

Exciting fusion of motion-sensor data gives smartphone handsets, tablets and gaming devices new utility and features

Geneva, March 24, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the number one supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensors for consumer and portable applications , today unveiled first details of its new iNEMO™ Engine.

An industry first, the iNEMO’s new advanced filtering and predictive software engine integrates the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer. Fusing these sensors’ data through sophisticated algorithms, the iNEMO delivers dramatically more accurate and reliable sensor performance – the kind of performance now in demand by makers of next-generation smart consumer devices for a host of new motion-based applications.

For many current applications, such as freefall detection, screen rotation or pedometers, a single MEMS accelerometer meets their system requirements. However, a new class of advanced applications is emerging, for example: location-based services, enhanced motion-based gaming, pedestrian dead-reckoning for indoor and multi-floor navigation, robotics or human-body tracking. These applications require multiple MEMS sensors, together with advanced software, to achieve better overall system performance in terms of accuracy, resolution, stability and response time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

STMicroelectronics to Showcase Semiconductor Solutions for Enhanced Entertainment at CCBN 2011

ST exhibits at 19th China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition, Beijing, March 23-25, 2011

Beijing, March 22, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, will showcase leading home-entertainment technologies at the 19th China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition (CCBN), under the theme “Enhanced Entertainment for Digital Convergence Now.” ST will parade a wide range of advanced digital TV and set-top-box (STB) products and solutions enabled by ST technologies, including ones developed specifically for the China market.

“The convergence of telecommunications, cable TV and the Internet is a key strategic move in China. The trend of digital convergence has made it possible for various content and applications to be deployed on consumer electronics devices, including TVs. As such, consumers have expectations for a new user experience with rich multimedia content,” says Francois Guibert, Executive Vice President and President of Greater China and South Asia Region, STMicroelectronics. “The increasing market demands have opened the door to huge opportunities as well as unprecedented challenges to all players in the market. With innovative semiconductor technologies, ST is well positioned to work with partners and customers in China to develop solutions that provide enhanced entertainment experiences for consumers.”

According to Guideline Research, in 2010, China’s digital cable TV experienced fast growth in terms of subscriber base, with a 13.4% increase. By the end of 2010, China had over 88 million digital cable TV subscribers (households), accounting for over 50% of total cable TV subscribers in China. With the overall progress of digital convergence in China, IDC predicts from 2010 to 2014, capital investment in network infrastructure and STBs will reach US$130 billion. An expected 60% of this investment will take place in 2011 and 2012. With government support and increasing demands for a better user experience, there is huge market potential for digital TV and STB technologies.

ST’s EnergyLite Microcontroller and Single-Chip Motor Controller Among Top Products of 2010 by Elektronik

Geneva, March 22, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced that its STM32L, the industry’s first ultra-low-power ARM® Cortex™-M3 microcontroller, and dSPIN™, ST’s complete motor-control system on a chip, were chosen as the second-best products of the year in their categories by readers of Elektronik, a premier German-language electronics trade publication.

ST’s STM32L microcontroller dueled for the top spot in the Active Components category. The STM32L series combines ST-unique low-leakage 130nm process technology and optimized power-saving architecture to deliver industry-leading energy-saving performance. The STM32L is part of ST’s EnergyLite™ platform of ultra low-power products enabling designers to optimize performance, function and battery life, and to meet efficiency-related criteria such as eco-design targets.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gemalto and STMicroelectronics Partner to Jointly Develop Expanded Range of Secure Solutions for NFC Applications

ORLANDO, FL, March 21, 2011 - CTIA Wireless, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in secure microcontroller ICs, and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced a new partnership to develop a range of solutions to initiate and distribute digital security services for NFC (Near Field Communications) applications. Building on the two companies’ extensive security expertise and portfolio of NFC technologies, the partnership aims to deliver solutions that will meet the strong global demand for NFC-based services.

The partners are addressing the industry’s need for a secure element, such as the widely adopted SIM-based NFC solution, for trusted NFC applications. They plan to further develop a number of additional packaged offers that include the highly secure ST33 EAL5+ chipset from ST, specially designed for mobile applications, and Gemalto’s secure operating system, mobile handset software, Trusted Service Management and secure personalization services. The combined turn-key solution will accelerate the adoption and implementation of NFC services, including consumer applications such as contactless payment, transportation ticketing, personal data protection and device integrity.