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STMicroelectronics to Showcase its Latest Embedded Systems Solutions at Embedded Technology 2012

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, will demonstrate its latest embedded systems solutions at Embedded Technology 2012, Pacifico Yokohama, November 14-16.

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STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, will demonstrate its latest embedded systems solutions at Embedded Technology 2012, Pacifico Yokohama, November 14-16.

Embedded systems are integrated in a wide variety of electronic devices for everyday use, including home appliances and healthcare equipment. These intelligent devices can create smart-home networks that will bring more efficiency and functionality to our lives. At the ST booth, visitors to Embedded Technology 2012 will see a broad range of embedded solutions designed for the smarter electronic devices of tomorrow.

Main solutions showcased at the ST booth:

32-bit microcontrollers

  • Smart-home appliances with communication capabilities, networked with smartphones for remote monitoring and operation, are currently in the spotlight. ST will be demonstrating its ARM Cortex-M4-based 32-bit STM32 F4 microcontroller, which is an optimal solution for controlling communications in smart-home appliances, significantly reducing the load on the main processor. The STM32 F4 delivers both exceptional computing performance and large memory capacity – it is the first Cortex-M-based microcontroller to include 2MB Flash onboard memory.
  • The STM32 F4, with its built-in encryption engine, can be installed in the heart of a smart home as a home gateway / display. ST will demonstrate the STM32 F4 encryption performance in comparison with other microcontrollers. Home gateways collect an extensive range of personal information and therefore require outbound transmissions be encrypted. The STM32 F4, featuring an on-board encryption engine and SSL compatibility, is able to process data faster than microcontrollers that require separate encryption software. In addition, the STM32 F4 facilitates the design of various multi-functional devices as additional encryption software is not required.
  • Smart meters, which monitor the efficiency of household power usage and consumption, are becoming increasingly important for utilities and consumers alike. The ST booth at Embedded Technology 2012 will showcase a smart-meter demonstration built around the ARM Cortex-M4-based STM32 F3 microcontroller device containing a floating point unit. The solution runs a Fast Fourier Transform algorithm that offers highly accurate power usage measurement and minimizes power inefficiencies through frequency-domain analysis that measures both active and inactive electronic loads.
  • In healthcare, which is emerging as a large market for semiconductors, there is a new wave of fitness or game devices that acquire real-time physiological information for use in a variety of medical or gaming applications. By using the STM32 F3, with its built-in 16-bit delta-sigma AD converter, ST will demonstrate the measurement of electronic signals from the human heart. In this demonstration, the delta-sigma AD converter measures changes in potential from two evaluation board-mounted electrodes in contact with a user's fingers and displays these changes. With its small package, the STM32 F3 microcontroller is highly suitable for use in wearable fitness or game devices.

NFC : Near Field Communication

  • Home appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, or washers, can be enhanced by including the capability to communicate with smartphones through NFC. Using a reader/writer that includes a front-end IC for NFC, ST will demonstrate its NFC development kit for various types of devices. ST will also demonstrate its NFC secure microcontroller, the ST21NFCA, which supports Android and Windows 8 operating systems, targeting the rapidly growing smartphone and tablet markets. Visitors to the ST booth will be able to see the communication between a Windows-8 PC featuring the ST21NFCA and a smartphone.

TPM : Trusted Platform Module

  • As the number and types of smartphone- and tablet-based services increase, there is a growing demand for higher level security, including data protection against tampering. The ST33 32-bit secure microcontroller for TPM is the industry-first device compliant with TCG 1.21 and EAL4+2, which provides powerful security without penalty in performance. The demo showcases high-speed execution of TPM commands using an ST33-mounted evaluation board.

The ST booth will also feature demonstrations of a fitness device and a golf-swing analysis kit powered by an STM32 device; STM8 8-bit microcontrollers that combine ultra-low-power consumption with a high-performance 8-bit architecture; ST’s dual-interface EEPROM that supports both a standard I2C serial interface and wireless communication with an RFID reader.

ST will be exhibiting at Embedded Technology 2012 from Wednesday, November 14, through Friday, November 16, at the Pacifico Yokohama, Booth E-09.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence applications. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2011, the Company’s net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

1TCG 1.2 is the latest version of the security standard defined by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), an international industry standards group.

2EAL4+ is a grade of security evaluation, defined by Common Criteria (International Standard ISO/IEC 15408).

 

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