STMicroelectronics (ticker: STM, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
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STMicroelectronics and Open Interface North America to Collaborate on Next-Generation Wireless Audio SolutionsSOUNDabout and BLUEmagic technologies Will be Integrated in New Bluetooth Devices in ST's Sound Terminal(TM) FamilyGENEVA and SEATTLE, Jan 11, 2007-- STMicroelectronics
(NYSE: STM), a world leader in the design and production of semiconductors for
consumer applications, and Open Interface North America, a leading provider of
Bluetooth(R) wireless applications, today announced plans to collaborate on
next-generation Bluetooth audio solutions. Specifically, STMicroelectronics
will embed Open Interface's SOUNDabout(R) and BLUEmagic(R) technologies in
Bluetooth-based integrated audio products in its Sound Terminal(TM) family.
Consumer electronics manufacturers will be able to use these devices in
the development of audio streaming solutions for portable music players,
mobile phones with music streaming capability, PCs, set top boxes, TVs, games
consoles, stereo systems and other products.
The Sound Terminal family is based on a series of high audio quality,
fully-digital signal processing and power amplifier ICs (integrated circuits),
with stereo power outputs from 100-milliwatts to 80-watts per channel. Their
all-digital audio stream is ideal for integration with wireless interfaces,
enabling manufacturers to design cost-effective, high-efficiency, small
form-factor sound systems for portable applications.
SOUNDabout is a software application development platform and suite of
reference designs enabling the easy implementation of high-quality wireless
audio in consumer devices. It allows manufacturers of consumer electronics
products such as wireless headsets, speakers and set-top boxes to quickly and
inexpensively add near-CD quality wireless audio, implemented to Bluetooth
standards, with reduced engineering risk and time-to-market.
BLUEmagic is an embedded Bluetooth protocol stack that is scalable,
modular and portable, with an innovative, high-performance, compact
architecture ideal for embedded devices.
"ST aims to embed superior, best-of-breed software solutions into the
leading-edge audio devices in the Sound Terminal family," said Andrea Onetti,
General Manager of ST's Audio Division. "Open Interface North America has
clearly researched, developed and designed superior applications for
delivering audio over Bluetooth. We are excited about the opportunities in
collaborating with Open Interface, to provide OEMs and ODMs easy access to the
proven SOUNDabout and BLUEmagic technologies."
"ST's Bluetooth module and chip products," said Tom Nault, chairman and
CEO of Open Interface, "ensure that manufacturers are able to build
cost-effective solutions that not only offer ultra-low power consumption, but
also provide unsurpassed audio quality, easier application development, and
scalability for multiple market segments and future multimedia applications."
Greg Burns, Open Interface North America CTO, added, "ST recognizes that
its OEM and ODM customers can greatly benefit from OI's easy-to-implement, yet
high-quality audio for their devices. It was after extensive and rigorous
evaluation that they selected SOUNDabout and BLUEmagic because our solutions
are platform independent and fully Bluetooth 2.0+ Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
compliant, are tested for interoperability, provide superior high-quality
sound, and are optimized for low power consumption in battery operated
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 2005, the Company's net revenues were
$8.88 billion and net earnings were $266 million. Further information on ST
can be found atwww.st.com.
About Open Interface North America
Open Interface North America is a world-leading supplier of Bluetooth
software and application solutions for the consumer, wireless, and automotive.
The company is an associate member of the Bluetooth SIG. Open Interface North
America is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. For more
information about the company, visit its web site at www.oi-us.com
SOUNDabout and BLUEmagic are registered trademarks of Open Interface North
Sound Terminal is a trademark of STMicroelectronics