STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics and Tatung Collaborate to Enable Smarter Homes

   STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics and Tatung Collaborate to Enable
                                Smarter Homes

Geneva and Taipei, January 7, 2013 - The era of the smart, connected home that
offers its occupants a greener, safer, more convenient and more enjoyable
lifestyle has been brought closer through a unique collaboration announced
today by STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving
customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Tatung, a
leading electronics company for smart-home solutions. Working together, the
two companies have developed an array of smart-home appliances that can be
interconnected to form a smart-home ecosystem.

The products, implemented by Tatung using a variety of platforms and reference
designs developed by ST, are designed to leverage the popular HomePlug
powerline communication (PLC) protocols and hybrid networks. The HomePlug
technology transforms ordinary electric wires into a high-speed communication
network available in every power outlet. Hybrid networks are based on the
emerging IEEE 1905.1 standard and allow devices to take advantage of all
available communication media including HomePlug and WiFi. Illustrating the
huge range of creative possibilities open to smart-home equipment designers,
one of the products demonstrated is an innovative combination of a
remotely-controllable LED room light, a networked loudspeaker, and a WiFi
access point in a single unit.

All of the modules are based on a unique intelligent communication hub/gateway
System-on-Chip (SoC) technology from ST that is the first in the world to
integrate both the powerline modem and a powerful applications processor based
on an ARM926EJ-S core running at 330MHz. Because the connected homes of the
future will leverage many wired and wireless communication technologies, ST's
new hub/gateway solution was designed to support the emerging IEEE P1905.1
standard.

For the initial roll-out, ST has worked with Tatung to develop some prototype
products that could be easily commercialized and customized and/or branded by
Tatung for other OEMs. This family of HomePlug powerline-enabled products, all
targeting smart-home applications, includes a smart meter, a smart plug
capable of controlling and measuring the electrical product plugged into it
and its power consumption, and video surveillance cameras supporting H.264 and
MJPEG video streaming. Additional products include a smart-Home Services
Gateway supporting HomePlug, ZigBee, WiFi, NFC, and other communication
standards, a smart In-Home Display, a Touch Control Panel, and a revolutionary
LED Light, Speaker, and WiFi Access Point.

"This ecosystem of connected products brings the "Internet of Things" into the
smart home, enabling the convergence of energy management, entertainment,
surveillance and monitoring, and other functions such as Electric Vehicle
charging," said Matteo Lo Presti, STMicroelectronics Group VP and Industrial
and Power Conversion General Manager. "We believe that working with a strong
and well-known OEM such as Tatung will accelerate the market availability of
products that leverage the unique combination of PLC modem and powerful
application processor in a single SoC solution."

By combining entertainment, energy management and other applications via
low-cost, reliable and secure connectivity, smart-home products such as the
ones that will be shown in Las Vegas will make it easier for consumers to
control their homes and reduce their energy bills. The user interface can span
across many screens in the home, including smart phones and tablets, TVs,
computers, and dedicated In-Home Displays. In the demonstration, all of the
smart-home products communicate with the main home gateway that is based on
ST's leading-edge STiH416 connected-home System-on-Chip device and Linux/OSGi
(Open Services Gateway Initiative), which provides a future-proof, scalable,
and secure platform for the delivery of entertainment, information, social and
home services.

"The convergence of Home Automation, Energy Management, and Infotainment
creates exciting opportunities to develop new types of products, from
essential smart-home building blocks such as smart plugs, to innovative
functional combinations such the LED/Loudspeaker/WiFi unit," said W. Y. Lin,
President of Tatung. "This collaboration will enable OEMs to bring innovative
new ST-enabled smart-home products to market as quickly and cost-effectively
as possible."

Initially implemented in Tatung's prototype smart-home products, ST's new
intelligent communication hub/gateway technology will be available on the open
market later in 2013.

About STMicroelectronics
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. 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.

About Tatung (www.tatung.com)
As the company that best represents Taiwan by media's choice, Tatung Company
has three business groups covering power related business, consumer
electronics, and system integration. The Company focuses particularly on the
development of advanced technologies and global network of operation.
Specializing in serving branded customers on a global basis, Tatung offers its
customers tremendous advantages on cost, speed, and seamless backend support.

With smart home solutions and smart grid applications, Tatung demonstrates its
synergy on home area networking (HAN) and energy management to make it
affordable and complete. Its cutting-edge new products include PLC module,
machine-to-machine bridge, smart plug with HomePlug & ZigBee, smart meter with
command & control, in-home display, surveillance camera, and addressable LED
lighting speaker.

Research and development collaborations between the Company and Tatung
University also lay a solid foundation for Tatung to yield advancement and
excellence.

For more information:

Michael Markowitz
STMicroelectronics
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com

Ming Ho
Tatung Co.
+886 2 2592 5252 ext. 2378

ming.ho@tatung.com
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