STMicroelectronics is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with net revenues of US$ 8.08 billion in 2013. Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions by leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength.
ST focuses its product strategy on sense and power technologies, automotive products, and embedded-processing solutions. The Sense and Power segment encompasses MEMS and sensors, power discrete, and advanced analog products. The Automotive portfolio covers all key application areas from powertrain and safety to car body and infotainment. The Embedded Processing Solutions include microcontrollers, digital consumer and imaging products, application processors and digital ASICs.
ST products are found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people’s lives. The Company’s world-class products and technologies serve to:
- deliver compelling multimedia experiences to consumers anytime, anywhere – in the home, in the car, and on the go;
- increase energy efficiency all along the energy chain, from power generation to distribution and consumption;
- provide all aspects of data security and protection;
- and contribute to helping people live longer and better by enabling emerging healthcare and wellness applications.
ST is among the world leaders in a broad range of segments, including semiconductors for industrial applications, inkjet printheads, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), MPEG decoders and smartcard chips, automotive integrated circuits, computer peripherals, and chips for wireless and mobile applications.
Since its creation, ST has maintained an unwavering commitment to R&D. Almost one fifth of its employees work in R&D and product design and in 2013 the Company spent about 22% of its revenue in R&D. Among the industry’s most innovative companies, ST owns about 16,000 patents, about 9,000 patent families and 598 new filings. The Company draws on a rich pool of chip fabrication technologies, including advanced FD-SOI (Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator) CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor), mixed-signal, analog and power processes, and is a partner in the International Semiconductor Development Alliance (ISDA) for the development of next-generation CMOS technologies.
From its inception, ST established a strong culture of partnership and through the years has created a worldwide network of strategic alliances with key customers, suppliers, competitors, and leading universities and research institutes around the world. Today, ST has active and productive partnerships with, among others; the ISDA (International Semiconductor Development Alliance) in process technology and within Europe’s advanced technology research programs CATRENE and ENIAC.
Contribution to the FLEXMETER project
In the FLEXMETER project ST will contribute with many competences and groups and shall adapt and develop with its new generation of metrology devices and adequate prototypal solution following the requirements specified by SIEMENS AND IREN . The collaboration and developments will span from WP1 in preparing the end user driven specifications and analysing the innovation metrics and state of the art gaps through WP3 and WP6 for the platform integration and deployment. In addition ST-I will contribute in WP7 – Dissemination and Exploitation – and WP8 – Management.
ST is also undertaking the leadership of the consortium given its previous successful experience in managing large FP7 and ENIAC Integrated projects such as THERMINATOR, SMAC, END.