STMicroelectronics Ships Three Billionth MEMS Chip and Reinforces Its Lead in Motion Sensors for Phones, Tablets and Other Consumer Devices

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:00am EST

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ST leads across all mobile operating systems


Geneva, January 31, 2013 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving
customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, today announced it has shipped three
billion MEMS sensors to date-laid side by side, these chips would exceed the height of Mt
Everest[1] #_ftn1 . The achievement reconfirms ST's position as the clear leader in MEMS
(Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) devices for consumer and portable applications[2] #_ftn2 . 

According to information and analytics firm IHS , ST's total MEMS and sensor
sales grew more than 19% in 2012, reaching a total of approximately $800 million. In the largest
of these markets, motion sensors in mobile handsets and tablets, ST's MEMS sales accounted for 48%
of the market, well more than twice as large as that of its closest competitor, according to IHS. 

"Our research shows that, in the mobile market, ST is the number one MEMS supplier across all of
the important mobile handset operating systems," said Jeremie Bouchaud, director and senior
principal analyst for MEMS and sensors at IHS. "Even in the highly competitive Android market, ST
has nearly twice the market share of its nearest competitor."

ST's MEMS sensors have enabled motion-activated user interfaces in many different popular consumer
devices, including most of the leading smart phones, tablets, personal media players, game
consoles, digital still cameras and remotes, making these more accessible and appealing to people.
ST's MEMS devices are also widely used for free-fall protection in laptop hard-disk drives, in
many health and fitness products, and for car infotainment and enhanced navigation. Today, they
are being designed into new applications as varied as providing the crispest, clearest audio in
mobile communications and adding localized weather/environmental monitoring capabilities to
consumers' mobile devices.

"Sensors play a crucial role in the evolving wireless world, in enabling the intuitive
gesture-based control that is increasingly expected as the norm and in paving the way for new
services and user experiences," said Benedetto Vigna, ST Executive Vice President and General
Manager of the Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group. "From sensors to secure communications, from power
management to display driving and projection, ST solutions are enabling wave after wave of
innovation in the wireless world that is changing the lives of people everywhere." 

The one-stop MEMS supplier of choice, ST offers a comprehensive portfolio of micro-machined
accelerometers, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, magnetic sensors, and microphones and has the
capability to integrate these in multi-sensor combos with on-board signal processing, control
functions, sensor-fusion algorithms, and wireless connectivity. Not only the clear market leader,
ST is also at the forefront of MEMS technology development with more than 600 MEMS-related patent
families, ST leads the way towards intelligent and independent sensing devices that will open new
horizons in consumer electronics, healthcare, environmental sciences, and many other domains. 

For further information on ST's complete MEMS portfolio see

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.

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[1] #_ftnref1  Mt Everest is 8850 meters high and 3B chips, 3mm wide on average, is 9 km.

[2] #_ftnref2  IHS iSuppli MEMS H2 2012 Special Report: Motion Sensors in Mobile Handsets &

ST Ships 3B MEMS 


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