Benedetto Vigna, STMicroelectronics Executive VP, Wins Prestigious European
GENEVA, Oct. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a
global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications, the world's top MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical
Systems) manufacturer, and the leading supplier of MEMS devices for consumer
and mobile applications^, has announced that Benedetto Vigna has won the
European SEMI Award 2013, in recognition of his contribution to the MEMS
Vigna is Executive Vice President and General Manager of ST's Analog, MEMS and
Sensors Group and under his leadership the group again delivered strong
results in 2012 despite the difficult market conditions. In fact, during 2012
ST's share in the MEMS mobile and handset market increased to 48%, more than
twice as large as that of its closest competitor (18%), according to research
firm IHS. Another research firm, Yole Développement, in 2013 recognized ST as
the first company to exceed $1 billion in MEMS revenue.
MEMS technology allows tiny sensors that measure parameters such as
acceleration, angular velocity and pressure to be built at low cost and
manufactured in high volumes. This has revolutionized industries as varied as
mobile phones (gesture-based user interfaces), laptops (impact protection),
photography (optical image stabilization) and health and fitness (e.g. remote
heart monitoring, concussion monitoring, glaucoma detection).
"Vigna's insight and drive remain critical to the MEMS revolution; he
exemplifies the leadership qualities needed to move the industry forward,"
said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. "It is an honor to recognize him
for his outstanding contributions to the European semiconductor and
Vigna joined STMicroelectronics' R&D Labs in 1995, and launched the Company's
technical development efforts in MEMS. Six years later, he became Director of
the MEMS Business Unit, responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing of
ST's MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes. In 2007, Vigna's scope was enlarged
to include management of Sensors, RF, High-Performance Analog and Mixed
Signal, Interface, Audio for Portable, and General-Purpose Analog products.
Vigna has filed more than 170 patents on micromachining to date, authored
numerous publications in this field, and delivered many invited speeches at
international conferences. He has served as industrial consultant for the
President of the Italian Scientific Research Center and sits on the industrial
board of several EU-funded programs.
Vigna is the fourth ST executive to receive an award from SEMI Europe since
the Awards began in 1989. In 1995, the award went to Bruno Murari, then R&D
director for MEMS and smartpower technologies, while Special Service Awards
were received by Joel Monnier, then ST's Corporate Vice President in charge of
R&D, and Enrico Villa, then the retired Executive Vice President of ST's
Europe Region and Chairman of CATRENE, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. No
other enterprise or institution has featured more often than ST in the SEMI
The European SEMI Award was presented at the SEMICON Europa Executive Summit
on 8 October 2013 in Dresden, Germany.
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.
 source: IHS, Consumer and Mobile MEMS Market Tracker H1 2013
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