STMicroelectronics Company History Timeline


As the two sides met to work on the EPROM project in 1987, their government parents began to discuss a marriage between the two companies.


SGS Thomson achieved a new breakthrough in 1989 when it produced a new chip for Finland's Nokia, then in the process of reinventing itself as a major telecommunications player.


SGS Thomson gained an early lead in the MPEG market, however, releasing its first Motion Estimation Processor in 1990.


In 1993, SGS Thomson's plants adopted 0.5 micron technology, placing it on the same level as its major competitors.


On December 8, 1994, the company completed its initial public offering on the Paris and New York stock exchanges.


Smart cards, that is, credit-like cards with embedded microchips, were gaining wide acceptance in a variety of areas, including telephone cards and the pay television market--by 1996, SGS Thomson had shipped more than one billion of its EEPROM-based smart card devices.

In 1996, also, the company launched its latest EEPROM development, superflash memory, which combined flash memory technology with the flexibility of EEPROM technology.


By then, ST had gained a solid financial base, with revenues climbing past $4 billion and profits topping $400 million in 1997.

In addition to its in-house technology development, ST made a series of add-on acquisitions at the end of the 20th century, including purchasing the United States' Metaflow Technologies Inc., in 1997, in an effort to enter the computer processor market.


The company also had continued to make progress on improving its geographic spread, beginning construction on a new production facility in China, which was completed in 1998.

Owner Thomson SA sold its stake in the company in 1998 when the company also listed on the Italian Bourse in Milan.


The company took over the Canadian semiconductor business of Nortel Networks in 2000, but shut down that operation a year later because of overcapacity.


By the end of 2001, ST had climbed into the top five--with some analysts granting the company the number three spot among semiconductor companies worldwide.


ST continued to build onto its holdings, scoring a coup with the announcement in June 2002 of its agreement to acquire the microelectronics operations of France's Alcatel.

In 2002, Motorola and TSMC joined ST and Philips in a new technology partnership.


ST thrived under Pasquale’s leadership who was CEO until 2005.

By 2005, ST was ranked fifth, behind Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Toshiba, but ahead of Infineon, Renesas, NEC, NXP Semiconductors, and Freescale.


On May 22, 2007, ST and Intel created a joint venture in the memory application called Numonyx: this new company merged ST and "Intel Flash Memory" activities.

Under the terms of the agreement the Alliance came to an end on December 31, 2007.


STMicroelectronics acquired Genesis Microchip Inc. on January 25, 2008.


On February 10, 2009, ST Ericsson, a joint venture bringing together "ST-NXP Wireless" and "Ericsson Mobile Platforms", was established.


In 2011, ST announced the creation of a joint lab with Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies.


Currently STMicroelectronics is the 9th largest semiconductor company with net revenues of more than $8B in 2013.


Positive pointers from Samsung, GF, Renesas, NXP/Freescale, ST, Soitec – so will 2016 be the year of FD-SOI?February 10, 2016


7nm, 5nm and 3nm Logic, current and projected processesJune 25, 2018


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