STMicroelectronics : New Miniaturization Record by STMicroelectronics Makes More Room for Mobile Functionality

 STMicroelectronics : New Miniaturization Record by STMicroelectronics Makes
                      More Room for Mobile Functionality

Mandatory over-voltage protection now available in smallest industry-standard
                            surface-mount package

Geneva, April 8, 2013 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor
leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and
the world's largest supplier of Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) protection
components, has introduced the world's smallest TVS diode for protecting
sensitive electronics in consumer products and handhelds.

As the first such device to be offered in the industry's smallest standard
surface-mount outline of 0.45 x 0.2mm, the ESDAVLC6-1BV2 is one size smaller
than today's 0.6 x 0.3mm devices.

The value of the space saving to designers can be seen by comparing with other
chip sizes used in smartphones and tablets. "A complete motion-sensing IC for
features such as indoor navigation and advanced user interface, such as ST's
LSM303D, measures just 3 x 3mm, while some power chips are as small as 2 x
2mm," explains Eric Paris, Product Marketing Director, ASD & IPAD Division,
STMicroelectronics. "Trimming 0.2mm or 0.1mm from each TVS can simplify
placing components and routing connections, especially if the design contains
several such devices."

The ESDAVLC6-1BV2 TVS diode fully satisfies the protection requirements
specified in the international standard IEC 61000-4-2. Although other types of
electrostatic-discharge (ESD) protectors, such as varistors, are available in
the same size, these generally do not protect as effectively. ST's new
ESDAVLC6-1BV2 has a clamping voltage half that of the nearest competing
varistor in the same size package, offering greater safety for the internal
components. Although useful in many applications, varistors also age,
providing progressively less protection with each ESD event clamped.

Major features of ESDAVLC6-1BV2:

  oBidirectional operation; single part number fulfils multiple roles on
  oBandwidth: 1GHz
  oLine capacitance: 7.5pF
  oBreakdown voltage 6V
  oUltra-thin 0.2mm package height

The ESDAVLC6-1BV2 is in mass production now, and samples are also available.
Prices start at $0.10 for orders of 1,000 pieces. If your company has higher
volume requirements, please contact your local ST representative.

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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