Samsung and STMicroelectronics Sign Strategic Agreement to Expand 28nm FD-SOI Technology

Samsung and STMicroelectronics Sign Strategic Agreement to Expand 28nm FD-SOI

Foundry and license agreement ensures multi-source availability of 28nm FD-SOI
technology for faster, cooler and simpler semiconductor devices

SEOUL, South Korea and GENEVA, May 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers
across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Samsung Electronics Co.,
Ltd., a global leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the
signing of a comprehensive agreement on 28nm Fully Depleted
Silicon-on-Insulator (FD-SOI) technology for multi-source manufacturing

The licensing accord provides customers with advanced manufacturing solutions
from Samsung's state-of-the-art 300mm facilities and assures the industry of
high-volume production for ST's FD-SOI technology. FD-SOI technology at 28nm
delivers faster, cooler, and simpler semiconductor devices to meet the
continuing demand for higher-performance, lower-power systems-on-chips for
next-generation electronic products, such as mobile and consumer applications.

The agreement, on 28nm FD-SOI technology, encompasses ST's fully developed
process technology and design enablement ecosystem. ST has already proven the
speed-power and simplicity benefits of 28nm FD-SOI and continues to build
design interest and momentum. The agreement complements ST's advanced 28nm
FD-SOI manufacturing capabilities at its 300mm facility in Crolles, France,
ensuring a multi-source option for 28nm FD-SOI products and providing
customers with the benefit of both Samsung's and ST's deep experience and
comprehensive knowledge of high-volume manufacturing technology. The Samsung
28nm FD-SOI process will be qualified in early 2015 for volume production. 

"Building upon the existing solid relationship between ST and Samsung within
the framework of the International Semiconductor Development Alliance, this
agreement further strengthens our cooperation by extending it to 28nm FD-SOI,
while expanding the ecosystem and augmenting fab capacity for ST and the
entire electronics industry. Moreover, the agreement confirms and strengthens
further the business momentum that we have experienced on this technology
during the past quarters through many customers and project engagements in our
Embedded Processing Solutions segment" said Jean-Marc Chery, Chief Operating
Officer, STMicroelectronics. "We foresee further expansion of the 28nm FD-SOI
ecosystem, to include the leading EDA and IP suppliers, which will enrich the
IP catalog available for 28nm FD-SOI."

"We are pleased to announce this 28nm FD-SOI collaboration with ST. This is an
ideal solution for customers looking for extra performance and power
efficiency at the 28nm node without having to migrate to 20nm," said Dr.
Seh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of System LSI Business, Samsung
Electronics. "28nm process technology is a highly productive process
technology and expected to have a long life span based on well-established
manufacturing capabilities. By adding FD-SOI to our technology portfolio,
Samsung provides a full-spectrum of 28nm process offerings for our customers'

Technical Notes for Editors:

FD-SOI technology is the result of a long history of research and  development 
in the French Grenoble technology cluster among ST, CEA-Leti, Soitec, as  well 
as other partners. It is particularly well suited for markets requiring  power 
efficiency  and  performance  with  a   controlled  cost  of  ownership.   The 
semiconductor process technology effectively extends Moore's law^1 by offering
an  evolutionary   upgrade  to   traditional  planar   semiconductor   process 
technology. Unlike alternate manufacturing processes, FD-SOI benefits from the
continuation of  existing design  flows,  a wide  array of  Electronic  Design 
Automation software,  and  currently  installed  manufacturing  equipment.  In 
particular, ST's  FD-SOI  technology^2 delivers  the  best balance  of  faster 
performance  and  cooler  operating  temperatures  while  protecting  existing 
investments in  manufacturing  tools  and  equipment.  On  top  of  leveraging 
existing  design  flows  and  manufacturing  equipment,  the  technology  will 
significantly reduce process complexity.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  is a global leader  in technology, opening  new 
possibilities  for  people  everywhere.  Through  relentless  innovation   and 
discovery, we are transforming the  worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets,  PCs, 
cameras,  home   appliances,   printers,   LTE   systems,   medical   devices, 
semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries
with annual  sales  of  US$216.7  billion.  To  discover  more,  please  visit

* Editors'  Note:  Samsung  Electronics' Foundry  business  is  dedicated  to 
support  fabless  and  IDM  semiconductor  companies  offering  full   service 
solutions  encompassing  design   kits  and   proven  IP   to  fully   turnkey 
manufacturing to achieve  market success  with advanced IC  designs. For  more 
information, please visit

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence
applications. 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

For further information, please contact:



Lisa Warren-Plungy
Samsung Semiconductor
Tel: +1 408-544-5377


Tait Sorensen                 
Group VP, Investor Relations    
Tel: +1 602 485 2064            


Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354

^1 The observation made by Gordon E. Moore in a 1965 paper ("Cramming more
components onto integrated circuits," Electronics Magazine) that the number of
transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. ^2
ST has developed and commercialized Ultra-Thin Buried Oxide (UTBB) FD-SOI,
whose benefits are well described in a 2012 paper by Thomas Skotnicki, Franck
Arnaud, and Olivier Faynot.

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