STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics Ships Three Billionth MEMS Chip and Reinforces Its Lead in Motion Sensors for Phones,

 STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics Ships Three Billionth MEMS Chip and
 Reinforces Its Lead in Motion Sensors for Phones, Tablets and Other Consumer

                 ST leads across all mobile operating systems


Geneva, January 31, 2013 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global
semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics
applications, today announced it has shipped three billion MEMS sensors to
date-laid side by side, these chips would exceed the height of Mt Everest^[1].
The achievement reconfirms ST's position as the clear leader in MEMS
(Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) devices for consumer and portable

According to information and analytics firm IHS, ST's total MEMS and sensor
sales grew more than 19% in 2012, reaching a total of approximately $800
million. In the largest of these markets, motion sensors in mobile handsets
and tablets, ST's MEMS sales accounted for 48% of the market, well more than
twice as large as that of its closest competitor, according to IHS.

"Our research shows that, in the mobile market, ST is the number one MEMS
supplier across all of the important mobile handset operating systems," said
Jeremie Bouchaud, director and senior principal analyst for MEMS and sensors
at IHS. "Even in the highly competitive Android market, ST has nearly twice
the market share of its nearest competitor."

ST's MEMS sensors have enabled motion-activated user interfaces in many
different popular consumer devices, including most of the leading smart
phones, tablets, personal media players, game consoles, digital still cameras
and remotes, making these more accessible and appealing to people. ST's MEMS
devices are also widely used for free-fall protection in laptop hard-disk
drives, in many health and fitness products, and for car infotainment and
enhanced navigation. Today, they are being designed into new applications as
varied as providing the crispest, clearest audio in mobile communications and
adding localized weather/environmental monitoring capabilities to consumers'
mobile devices.

"Sensors play a crucial role in the evolving wireless world, in enabling the
intuitive gesture-based control that is increasingly expected as the norm and
in paving the way for new services and user experiences," said Benedetto
Vigna, ST Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Analog, MEMS &
Sensors Group. "From sensors to secure communications, from power management
to display driving and projection, ST solutions are enabling wave after wave
of innovation in the wireless world that is changing the lives of people

The one-stop MEMS supplier of choice, ST offers a comprehensive portfolio of
micro-machined accelerometers, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, magnetic sensors,
and microphones and has the capability to integrate these in multi-sensor
combos with on-board signal processing, control functions, sensor-fusion
algorithms, and wireless connectivity. Not only the clear market leader, ST is
also at the forefront of MEMS technology development with more than 600
MEMS-related patent families, ST leads the way towards intelligent and
independent sensing devices that will open new horizons in consumer
electronics, healthcare, environmental sciences, and many other domains.

For further information on ST's complete MEMS portfolio see

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 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on
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[1] Mt Everest is 8850 meters high and 3B chips, 3mm wide on average, is 9 km.

[2] IHS iSuppli MEMS H2 2012 Special Report: Motion Sensors in Mobile Handsets
& Tablets

ST Ships 3B MEMS


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