STMicroelectronics Expands its Partnership with Premier Indian Institutes to Set up Research and Innovation Labs

Indian students get better access to valuable hands-on experience with the latest chip design technologies

MUMBAI, India, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers, has today announced that it is setting up joint state-of-the-art research and innovation labs at two premier Indian technology institutes, BITS Pilani and IIT Delhi. The partnership agreements aim to combine the best of ST's leading-edge electronic skills and capabilities with the educational and research talents of the two institutes. Both labs are expected to be operational by Q2 2007.

The main objective of these partnerships is to facilitate proliferation of VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) design and embedded systems knowledge among students by undertaking research projects with the involvement of faculty, students and ST representatives. The areas of initial research focus include - but are not limited to - analog and mixed-signal design in the area of VLSI, image and speech pattern recognition, sensory organ modeling and digital data protection in algorithm research, along with generic IP (Intellectual Property) blocks for embedded solutions.

STMicroelectronics will equip the newly set-up labs with the necessary hardware, software tools, reference boards and technology parameters needed for successful execution of projects in the identified areas. The Institutes will provide the necessary space on the campus and assign a faculty member to participate in the partnership activities. Students and researchers will work on research projects jointly defined by ST and the Institute.

ST has a long history in working closely with leading educational and research establishments around the world, partnering with top universities on long-term programs to nurture young engineering talent.

Underscoring the mutual benefit of such partnerships, Vivek Sharma, Vice President of ST's Emerging Market Region and Director ST India Design Center, said: "Since its modest beginnings two decades ago, ST India has grown to become a major contributor to ST's worldwide success. Today, as much as 15% of the Company's R&D in VLSI design and software is carried out in India. We are very excited at this opportunity to tap into the universities' research strengths and rich talent pool to expand our R&D activities. By bringing the industry experience and knowledge closer to the academic world, we are confident these partnerships will foster meaningful research and thus help the overall ecosystem of learning institutions in general and high-tech education in particular."

Speaking about the strategic partnership, Surendra Prasad, Director IIT- Delhi, said: "We are pleased with the possibility to work with ST, a world leader in system solutions. With the rapid expansion of the Indian economy, there is a compelling need for academia and industry to work together with much greater intensity. This collaboration should help increase professional capability of our students, giving them an opportunity to work in some of the most advanced and challenging technological areas."

L.K. Maheshwari, Vice-Chancellor and Director, BITS, Pilani, added: "We are excited by this unique opportunity to enlarge our cooperation with ST. BITS and ST have been collaborating for almost a decade, whereby students of BITS carry out their Internship (Practice School) projects of six months' duration at ST labs in Noida and Bangalore. The present initiative will further prepare our students to take up research projects during their stay at BITS and I believe that with the guidance from ST and BITS' faculty, the participating students will be able to broaden their horizons, as well as generate innovative solutions that can benefit the industry at large."

The Memoranda of Understanding between ST and the two Universities were signed in Mumbai on February 14, 2007, in the presence of Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath.

Additional information

The areas of research focus at the newly set-up joint labs include automatic recognition, analysis and content extraction from natural human languages by computers; machine recognition of natural communication patterns such as images, speech and audio through computer modeling of human sensory organs; hardware and software development for highly complex multimedia terminals, including set-top boxes and mobile phone handsets; digital watermarking, a means of protecting digital data content to ensure authenticity of the data source and utilization by authorized parties only.

About STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2006, the Company's net revenues were $9.85 billion and net earnings were $782 million. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

About BITS PILANI

The Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani (Rajasthan) is an all-India Institute for higher education. The primary motive of BITS is to "train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques and information." The Institute is a dream come true of its founder, late Mr. G.D. Birla - an eminent industrialist, a participant in Indian freedom struggle and a close associate of the Father of Indian Nation late Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi). What started in early 1900s as a small school, blossomed into a set of colleges for higher education, ranging from the Humanities to Engineering until 1964 when all these colleges amalgamated to culminate into a unique Indian University of an international standing. This university was christened as the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, known to many as BITS, Pilani.

About Indian Institute of Technology

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is one of the seven Institutes of Technology created as centres of excellence for higher training, research and development in science, engineering and technology in India, the others being at Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Mumbai, Guwahati and Roorkee. Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.

HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone of the Institute on January 27, 1959. The Institute was inaugurated by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs on August 21, 1961. The Institute buildings were formally opened by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India, on March 2, 1968.

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