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

STMicroelectronics Ships Three Billionth MEMS Chip and Reinforces Its Lead in 
Motion Sensors for Phones, Tablets and Other Consumer Devices 
ST Leads Across All Mobile Operating Systems 
GENEVA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 --  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 applications[2].  
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
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 
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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
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ST Ships 3B MEMS: 
Ships 3B MEMS_IMAGE:  
[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 
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