STMicroelectronics and NXP merge wireless businesses

By Team Digit Published Date
16 - Apr - 2008
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16 - Apr - 2008
STMicroelectronics and NXP merge wireless businesses

Combining complementary organizations and portfolios of STMicroelectronics and NXP will improve competitiveness, speed product development and strengthen R&D scale

NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, and STMicroelectronics, a provider in delivering advanced solutions for mobile products, announced their agreement to combine key wireless operations to form a joint-venture company with strong relationships with all major handset manufacturers. The new company will have the scale to better meet customer needs in 2G, 2.5G, 3G, multimedia, connectivity and all future wireless technologies. The combined venture will be created from successful businesses that together generated $3B in revenue in 2007 and will own thousands of important communication and multimedia patents. The new company will be a solid top-three industry player and among the few companies with the scale and expertise to pursue the R&D investments necessary to establish itself as a leading player in the wireless and mobile-multimedia market.

The new organization will combine key design, sales and marketing, and back-end manufacturing assets from both companies into a streamlined worldwide joint venture that will rely on its parent companies and foundries for wafer fabrication services. This new leading player will be well positioned with all of the vital technologies for UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System); for the emerging 3G Chinese standard; as well as other cellular, multimedia and connectivity capabilities, including WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, USB, and UWB (Ultra-wideband), to effectively serve its global customers with complete wireless and mobile solutions across the spectrum of applications. The JV will also integrate the Silicon Laboratories’ wireless and GloNav’s GPS operations recently acquired by NXP.

“The strength of this venture is its excellent relationships with key customers, as well as the complementary IP and product portfolios transferred from ST and NXP that create a rich and broad offering with the capability to deliver leading-edge innovations to the market,” said Carlo Bozotti, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics. “The JV’s strong positioning leads us to expect immediate and future top- and bottom-line synergies for the exciting new enterprise and establishes a powerful foundation to build on its parents’ 2G, 2.5G, 3G, multimedia and connectivity efforts. This combination will form the basis of the success of the new venture.”

“The wireless semiconductor industry requires huge investments in new technology and innovative product roadmaps. This move will see two strong players propelling themselves into a leadership position,” commented Frans van Houten, President and CEO of NXP. “By creating this joint venture, we put most of the competitors at a distance. Together we will accelerate innovation which we anticipate will contribute to market share gains and improved financial performance.”

Commenting on the impact to NXP, Frans van Houten said, “This deal transforms the portfolio of NXP and strengthens our cash position. We will continue to pursue building leadership positions through innovation and investment in our remaining focus areas: Multimarket Semiconductors, Automotive, Identification and Home electronics.”

“This transaction strengthens our wireless business and enhances our leadership position in an important market segment we have targeted for expansion and external growth,” added Carlo Bozotti. “Coupled with our recent deconsolidation of Flash memory, it further proves our execution in reshaping ST’s product portfolio towards value and leadership. This, together with our recently announced decisions on distribution to shareholders, demonstrates our commitment to improving shareholder value.”

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