STMicroelectronics is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with net revenues of US$ 10.35 billion in 2010. 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.
Product Segments and Served Markets
The Company has particular strengths in Multimedia, Power, Connectivity and Sensing technologies and its sales, including wireless business conducted via ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 Joint Venture with Ericsson, are well balanced among the industry’s major sectors: Telecom (31%), Automotive (15%), Consumer (11%), Computer (14%), Industrial (8%) and Distribution (21%)(1).
ST has a strong focus on delivering solutions that reduce energy consumption at the point of use in domestic and industrial applications; all aspects of security and data protection; and a growing presence in the emerging advanced healthcare market.
ST is among the world leaders in many different fields, including semiconductors for industrial applications, inkjet printheads, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for portable and consumer devices, MPEG decoders and smartcard chips, automotive integrated circuits, computer peripherals and wireless.
Who We Are
The group has approximately 53,000 employees, 15 main manufacturing sites, advanced research and development centers in 10 countries, and sales offices all around the world.
Corporate Headquarters, as well as the headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are in Geneva. The Company’s Americas Headquarters are in Coppell (Texas); those for Greater China and South Asia are based in Shanghai; and Japanese and Korean operations are headquartered in Tokyo.
STMicroelectronics was created in 1987 by the merger of two long-established semiconductor companies, SGS Microelettronica of Italy and Thomson Semiconducteurs of France, and has been publicly traded since 1994; its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: STM), on Euronext Paris, and on Borsa Italiana.
Research & Development
Since its creation, ST has maintained an unwavering commitment to R&D. Almost one fourth of its employees work in R&D and product design and in 2010 the Company spent almost 23% of its revenue in R&D(2). Among the industry’s most innovative companies, ST owns around 20,000 patents and pending patent applications. The Company draws on a rich pool of chip fabrication technologies, including advanced 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.
To provide its customers with an independent, secure and cost-effective manufacturing machine, ST operates a worldwide network of front-end (wafer fabrication) and back-end (assembly and test and packaging) plants. ST’s principal wafer fabs are presently located in Agrate Brianza and Catania (Italy), Crolles, Rousset and Tours (France), and in Singapore. The wafer fabs are complemented by world-class assembly-and-test facilities located in China, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco and Singapore.
From its inception, ST established a strong partnership culture and now has a worldwide network of strategic alliances with key customers, suppliers, competitors, and leading universities and research institutes around the world. In addition, ST plays a key role in Europe’s advanced technology research programs.
STMicroelectronics was one of the first global industrial companies to recognize the importance of environmental responsibility and, over the past 15 years, the Company’s sites have received more than 100 awards for excellence in all areas of Corporate Responsibility, from quality to corporate governance, social issues and environmental protection. The Company’s corporate responsibility policy is detailed in its Principles for Sustainable Excellence(3), while its performance is reported in detail in its annual Corporate Responsibility Report(4).