STMicroelectronics and Audi Co-Operate to Accelerate Automotive

STMicroelectronics and Audi Co-Operate to Accelerate Automotive
Semiconductor Innovation 
Joint Focus on Driving Innovative Energy Saving, Safety and
Infotainment Solutions 
GENEVA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/22/12 --   Premium car maker Audi and
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving
customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a
committed automotive semiconductor supplier since its birth in 1987,
have announced a strategic relationship to drive the pace of
automotive innovation by creating advanced semiconductor solutions. 
Together, Audi and ST will co-develop semiconductor solutions in
three key areas of automotive design: reduction of CO2 emissions,
safety and security, infotainment and comfort. The collaboration of
the companies aims to drive innovation actively while also securing
product quality, guaranteeing supply and reducing time to market.  
"We have chosen to work with ST as part of our Progressive
Semiconductor Program ('PSCP'), to further proactively strengthen our
involvement and demand on innovative 'white-box' electronics," said
Ricky Hudi, Chief Executive Engineer Electrics/Electronics at Audi.
"ST was a natural choice, as it has a broad technology portfolio,
in-house manufacturing capabilities and a proven commitment to
automotive."  
"We are delighted to be invited by a company such as Audi, a globally
respected and innovative automotive brand, to join forces to deliver
exciting new cars for their customers," said Marco Monti, Executive
Vice-President and General Manager, STMicroelectronics Automotive
Product Group. "The Progressive Semiconductor Program is a clear
demonstration of Audi's commitment to innovation and recognition from
the automotive world that only a true partnership attitude can lead
to success. Partnering with customers is one of our key assets and
has been for twenty-five years. We are now expanding into working
more closely with car-makers, thanks to Audi's innovative approach to
what is the real enabler of innovation in the automotive industry:
semiconductors." 
Notes for Editors 
Industry analysts regularly report the increasing value of
electronics and semiconductor content in cars. Globally, automotive
semiconductor revenues are estimated at over $25 billion according to
IHS iSuppli. Semiconductor technology has reached the heart of the
car, enabling systems from advanced engine management for optimal
performance and reduced emissions, to advanced safety and chassis
systems such as anti-lock brakes, stability control and airbags, and
comfort systems such as body and climate controls and infotainment. 
The road ahead calls for rapid advancement of automotive ICs. Devices
such as video processors for advanced driver assistance and
navigation systems must deliver increased system on chip integration,
using leading-edge manufacturing nodes such as 28nm advanced CMOS.
The ultimate destination is full vehicle electrification allowing
every load to be controlled electronically; from a simple oil pump to
the main electric traction engine. 
Recognizing the magnitude of the challenges of these demands, Audi
and ST are combining Audi's OEM applications knowledge with ST's
advanced semiconductor design skills, IP, and manufacturing process
capabilities. ST has competencies spanning technologies such as its
proprietary BCD(TM) Smartpower, advanced CMOS, embedded flash,
non-volatile memory, VIPower(TM) for motor and LED-lighting control,
power discretes (low and high voltage silicon, SiC, GaN), CMOS
imaging, and MEMS motion sensors used throughout advanced chassis
controls, safety systems and navigation devices. ST has its own
fabrication capacity for automotive for all of these technologies. 
About STMicroelectronics
 ST is a global leader in the semiconductor
market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power
technologies and multimedia convergence applications. From energy
management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare
and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office,
at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting
more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for
life.augmented. 
In 2011, the Company's net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further
information on ST can be found at www.st.com. 
ST Audi Cooperation: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1650975/532518.pdf 
ST Audi Cooperation_PHOTO:
http://hugin.info/152740/R/1650975/532519.jpg 
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