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Apr 26th, 2013
Game-changing semiconductor technology from STMicroelectronics takes prestigious ACE award
Several ST products and top executive also recognized as finalists.
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STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced that its Fully-Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FD-SOI) technology was honored with the Energy Technology Award at a ceremony for the 2013 Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards, presented by EETimes and EDN, two of the most prominent trade-media sources in electronics. The ACE Awards honor the people and companies behind the technologies and products that are changing the world of electronics and shaping the way we work, live, and play.

Ready for manufacturing now, FD-SOI process technology is a faster, simpler and cooler upgrade to traditional semiconductor manufacturing at process nodes of 28nm and below. The technology was recognized in the Energy Technology category because of its ability to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in two ways: First, manufacturing FD-SOI requires 15% fewer process steps than equivalent traditional silicon technologies and far less than complex alternatives to achieve similar performance, thereby using less energy per wafer produced. Moreover, products manufactured using FD-SOI technology show energy savings between 20 and 50%, making end-user devices run cooler and last longer.

In accepting the award, Executive Vice President of Front-End Manufacturing & Process R&D, Digital Sector Joel Hartmann said, “The Energy Technology Award confirms that FD-SOI is a game-changing technology that addresses the low-power and high-performance needs of the market. It also empowers chipmakers to deliver products meeting the dual benchmark of industry-beating “performance per watt” and “performance per watt per dollar.

Among ST’s other finalists for the ACE Awards, Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ST’s Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group was considered for Executive of the Year for his having inspired his team to excellent growth and expanding ST’s share in the MEMS mobile and handset market, even while the semiconductor market shrank.

Four of ST’s products earned finalist status as “Ultimate Products”: the STM32F3 family of ARM Cortex M microcontrollers in the Processors category, the M24LR Discovery Kit energy-harvesting development kit in the Development Kit category, the market’s first dual-core gyroscope in the sensors category, and the “Mystique” high-speed active-protocol bi-directional converters in the Interfaces category.


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