Who we are
ST is a global semiconductor company with net revenues of US$ 6.97 billion in 2016.
Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions for Smart Driving and the Internet of Things. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
ST’s products are found everywhere today, and together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter homes, factories, and cities, along with the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things devices.
Smart Driving: safer, greener, more connected
It is estimated that 80% of all innovations in the automotive industry today are directly or indirectly enabled by electronics, which means a constant increase in the semiconductor content per car year after year. ST’s Smart Driving products and solutions are making driving safer, greener and more connected through the fusion of several of our technologies.
Driving is safer thanks to our Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) products – vision, radar, imaging and sensors, as well as our Adaptive Lighting Systems and User Display Technologies. Driving is greener with our energy-management processors (EMU, ECU), high-efficiency smart power electronics at the heart of all automotive subsystems, Silicon Carbide devices for electric cars, and more. And vehicles are more connected using our car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure (V2X) connectivity solutions, infotainment system and telematics processors, GNSS positioning technologies, tuners, amplifiers and sensors.
The Internet of Things: solutions for smarter personal devices, homes, cities, and factories
Due to the fragmented nature of the Internet of Things, the markets we serve span our entire customer base – from our largest customers to the tens of thousands of smaller and equally important customers we serve through our distribution partners and mass-market initiatives.
Our daily lives as individuals benefit from the “Smart Things” we carry and use extensively. ST is a leading supplier of many of the key technologies going into the next generations of personal consumer devices: Sensors and Actuators, Microcontrollers for low and ultra-low power processing, Secure solutions, Power and Analog components, and RF & Connectivity products. ST makes developing prototypes fast and affordable with a range of development ecosystems, including its STM32 Open Development Environment.
ST addresses the rise of the smart home and smart city systems through their core: energy consumption and management systems, or the future smart grids and their applications. Its solutions address the critical functions: combo chips inside the smart meters that help consumers and utilities track and balance electricity, water, and gas consumption and billing; more intelligent street lighting that senses its environment and dims or switches off to adjust to lighting conditions and municipal needs; and sensors that measure traffic flow and can re-route around obstructions.
ST also provides technologies that enable manufacturing and other industrial sectors to achieve better efficiency, flexibility, and safety through automation and robotics – what we call Smart Industry. The current shift, often labelled the “fourth industrial revolution” is making industrial systems smarter with the combined application of a broad range of products, including Microcontrollers, Sensors and Actuators, Motor Control, Signal Conditioning, Industrial Communication Solutions, Secure solutions, Power Supplies, Protection Devices, Wireless Modules, and Display and LED Controllers.
Research & Development and Manufacturing
To keep its technology edge, ST has maintained an unwavering commitment to R&D from the beginning with approximately 7,500 people working in R&D and product design and spent about 19% of its revenue in R&D in 2016. Among the industry’s most innovative companies, ST owns and continuously refreshes a substantial patent library (~16,000 owned patents in ~9,500 patent families and ~500 new patent filings in 2016).
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), differentiated Imaging technologies, RF-SOI (RF Silicon-On-Insulator), Bi-CMOS, BCD (Bipolar, CMOS, DMOS), Silicon Carbide and MEMS technologies.
ST believes in the benefits of owning manufacturing facilities and operating them in close proximity with its R&D operations. ST has a worldwide network of front-end (wafer fabrication) and back-end (assembly and test and packaging) plants. ST’s principal wafer fabs are located in Agrate Brianza and Catania (Italy), Crolles, Rousset, and Tours (France), and in Singapore. These are complemented by assembly-and-test facilities located in China, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, the Philippines, and Singapore.
Sustainability has been a guiding principle for STMicroelectronics for more than 20 years and we have been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2000. As a member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) we participate in the collective efforts of the industry to find solutions to our biggest sustainability challenges, such as conflict minerals, environmental protection, social issues, health and safety. Our values are set out in our Company’s Code of Conduct and our Sustainability Strategy ensures that our programs are aligned with our business priorities and stakeholders' expectations. Today, sustainability is integrated throughout our entire business, allowing us to maximize opportunities in areas such as sustainable technology and innovation, as well as helping us to predict and mitigate risks in our operations and business performance.
Each year we publish a Sustainability Report, which delivers a comprehensive view of our programs and performance to all our stakeholders.
Updated January 2017