ST Microelectronics (Italy)

STMicroelectronics is the world‘s fifth largest semiconductor company with net revenues of US$9.84 billion in 2008. The Company‘s sales are well balanced among the semiconductor industry‘s five major high-growth sectors (approximate percentage of STMICRO‘s sales in 2008): Communications (36%), Consumer (17%), Computer (16%), Automotive (15%) and Industrial (17%). According to the latest industry data from iSuppli, STMICRO holds market leadership in many fields. For example, 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. STMICRO 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).

In the Computer Peripherals arena, STMICRO provides leading solutions in data storage, printing, visual display units, power management for PC motherboards, and power supplies. A wide range of STMI-CRO‘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.

Previous experiences relevant to the tasks attributed to the ERA project: Many of STMICRO‘s research and development programs are managed by its AST (Advanced System Technology) organization, whose mission is to develop the strategic system knowledge that will be required within 3-5 years by STMICRO‘s product divisions. Among AST‘s significant recent achievements are innovative technologies for digital consumer, net-working, mobile security, and on-chip interconnect, one focused activity of this centralized R&D groups revolves around the definition and prototyping of microprocessor high level architectures (such as the ST200 VLIW media processors) and more recently on distributed computing engines for middle to long term deployment in advanced high performance products in the consumer and telecomm spaces. AST computing is also carrying out R&D activities in the field of Network on Chip communication infrastructures for SoC, these technologies are being prototyped into real test chips and provide a large benefit potential for deeper sub nanometer technology nodes that, for the most part, still needs to be tapped into and validated.


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