STMicroelectronics: STMicroelectronics and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Sign R&D Collaboration Agreement
IIT's latest iCub Humanoid Robot is powered by ST's microcontroller,
motion-sensing, and motor-control technologies
Geneva, Switzerland, Genoa, Italy, April 3^rd, 2014- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:
STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications, and the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an
international scientific and technological research center based in Italy,
have announced the signing of a formal agreement sealing their long-standing
collaboration on a range of research activities, including Robotics,
Neuroscience, Energy and Environment, and Health and Safety.
The agreement, which will have an initial duration of three years, builds on
many years of previous cooperation between the two parties. The cooperation
uses multiple Joint Research Programs to exploit the synergies between IIT's
high-level expertise in long-term megatrends such as robotics, nanotechnology,
pattern analysis, and computer vision and ST's leading-edge know-how in
semiconductor technology and design.
"ST has always recognized the value of combining our own commercially-oriented
R&D activities with the longer-term work conducted by research institutes and
universities," said Nunzio Abbate, System Lab & Subsystem Product Group
General Manager, STMicroelectronics. "This strengthened collaboration with IIT
will bring benefits that cascade to our customers and to their projects in a
broad range of semiconductor applications."
"Semiconductor technology plays a pivotal role in enabling the breakthroughs
we make in our labs to become real products that benefit the world," said
Salvatore Majorana, Technology Transfer Director, IIT. "ST has an
unparalleled track record in delivering results from R&D collaborations and we
are confident that this cooperative effort will help us both contribute to
addressing many key issues, from smarter energy usage to greater manufacturing
productivity to health and wellness."
The first Joint Research Program between the parties is in Robotics, an area
in which IIT and ST already have a history of productive cooperation. These
successes were jointly demonstrated at the recently concluded InnoRobo Event
2014 in Lyon, France, where the two partners presented an iCub Humanoid Robot
running on ST's silicon technology.
The most recent version of the well-known iCub Humanoid Robot (see
www.icub.org) is powered by more than 20 STM32 F4 microcontrollers combined
with cSPIN/dSPIN motor drivers, while ST MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes
orientate the robot.
The robot has been designed as an open-source project to establish a common
platform for the global research community. It enables the community to
develop technologies for embodied machine learning, artificial cognition, and
motion control, grasping walking and the hundreds of behavior patterns proper
to general-purpose humanoid robots.
More than 25 iCub robots, built by IIT, have already been sold to research
institutes around the world.
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 2013, the Company's net revenues were $8.08 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at www.st.com.
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is a private Foundation jointly established by
the Ministry of Education, University and Research and the Ministry of Economy
and Finance. Its aim is to promote excellence in both basic and applied
research and to facilitate the development of economy at national level. The
number of IIT's staff people is about 1250. The scientific area accounts for
about 85% of personnel, 44% of which is from abroad: 27% are scientists from
more than 50 countries and 17% are Italian researchers who have come back to
Italy after a professional experience abroad.
IIT has produced more than 4000 publications and 140 inventions resulting in
301 patent applications. In Genoa, departments include: robotics ("Robotics,
Brain and Cognitive Sciences" and "Advanced Robotics"), life sciences
("Neuroscience and Brain Technologies" and "Drug Discovery and Development")
and "Nanochemistry", "Nanophysics", "Nanostructures", "Pattern Analysis &
Computer Vision" and "iCub" facilities. Since 2009 scientific activity has
been further supported by 10 subsidiary research centers located elsewhere in
Italy (Turin, Milan, Trento, Parma, Rome, Pisa, Naples, Lecce) and committed
to developing the platforms foreseen by the 2012-2014 scientific plan.
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