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STMicroelectronics Drives Advances in Integrated Passives and Protection Devices

STMicroelectronics Drives Advances in Integrated Passives and Protection
Devices

Next-generation integrated devices for matching, filtering and protection help
shrink circuit size and boost end-product performance

GENEVA, Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a
global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications and the innovator of integrated micro-package
components used by OEMs to build incredibly small and highly featured
products, is revealing new families of these dimension-shrinking devices to
further extend its lead in ultra-miniature filtering, protection and RF
matching devices.

ST leverages advanced semiconductor technologies to integrate commonly used
circuit elements such as passive filters, ESD suppressors and wireless baluns
in a much smaller size than state-of-the-art discrete solutions. As
semiconductor devices, ST's components also display tighter tolerances and
higher stability than conventional discrete components, allowing product
designers to miniaturize pc-board size, accelerate time-to-market and improve
quality.

The latest advanced devices joining ST's micro-package families include the
world's smallest single-line Transient-Voltage Suppressor, the ESDAVLC6-1BV2,
in a 01005 surface-mount package to protect sensitive circuitry against
hazardous voltage surges. ST is also introducing the first five members of its
new ECMF(TM) family of common-mode filters embedding ESD protection. These are
built using advanced silicon technology and are offered in ultra-thin packages
only 0.55mm high.

Another new member of ST's IPD (Integrated Passive Device) family, the
BAL-NRF01D3 ultra-miniature wireless balun, has already enabled ST's customers
to boost the performance of their low-power wireless solutions and save up to
90% of the pc-board space occupied by discrete antenna-matching and
harmonic-filtering components.

Background to ST's Integrated Passives and Protection Devices

ST's technologies leverage advanced component-fabrication technologies to
combine into a single device multiple circuit elements including resistors,
capacitors, inductors and ESD diodes that are otherwise typically implemented
as individual components on the pc-board. In this way, ST's integrated devices
eliminate multiple components and the interconnections between them, resulting
in a large net saving in pc-board area. Hence designers can use them to create
smaller end-products, increase functionality by designing-in extra ICs,
simplify PCB layout and shorten time-to-market for new products.

Moreover, ST's integrated devices deliver better performance than equivalent
discrete devices, as they are produced using semiconductor processes that
display greater quality, reliability and process control. Component values
have closer tolerances and reduced variation over time compared with
conventional devices such as Metal-Oxide Varistors (MOVs), Low-Temperature
Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) devices and general-purpose passive components. These
advantages allow customers to improve the quality of their products and the
perception of their brand.

The BAL-NRF01D3 is in mass production in a 5-bump flip-chip package, priced
from $0.18 for orders over 5,000 units. The ECMF common-mode filters are also
in mass production, priced from $0.16 (ECMF02-2BF3) for orders over 1,000
units. The ESDAVLC6-1BV2 Transient-Voltage Suppressor is priced from $0.10 for
orders over 1,000 units.

For further information on ST's ECMF devices please go to
http://www.st.com/ecmf or http://www.st.com/common_mode_filters

For further information on ST's EMI filtering and signal conditioning devices
please go to http://www.st.com/ipad

For further information on ST's IPD devices for RF front-end please go to
http://www.st.com/ipd

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
ST can be found at www.st.com.

STMicroelectronics Advances in Integrated Passives:
http://hugin.info/152740/R/1731114/578708.pdf

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CONTACT: STMicroelectronics
         Michael Markowitz
         Director Technical Media Relations
         +1 781 591 0354
         michael.markowitz@st.com

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