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STMicroelectronics Extends Its Lead in Motion-Sensing Chips for Smart Consumer Devices

GENEVA Jan. 25, 2011 $353 million

Having captured around 50%(2) of the consumer accelerometer market in just a few years, ST has achieved similar success in MEMS gyroscopes. The Company has introduced more than 30 gyroscopes since 2008 and boosted its gyro revenue-based market share from less than 1% in 2009 to 30% in 2010.

ST’s MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes have enabled motion-activated user interfaces in a number of popular consumer devices, including game consoles, smart phones and remotes. Also, computer manufacturers widely use the Company’s acceleration sensors for free-fall protection in laptop hard-disk drives.

ST recently passed the one billionth MEMS sensor landmark and its dedicated 8-inch MEMS fabrication line, which was among the first in the world, currently produces more than 1.5 million devices a day.

US$1.6 billion US$3.7 billion

Benedetto Vigna

Paving the way for further growth, ST has recently expanded its MEMS portfolio with microphones and pressure sensors. MEMS microphones enable smaller, thinner and lighter designs for mobile phones and other portable devices with better directionality, noise cancellation and fidelity. With the addition of ST’s micro-machined pressure sensors, consumer devices will be able to measure atmospheric pressure and/or identify their precise location in all three dimensions.

January 2011

(2) in both units and revenues

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