- Revealed its STM32 microcontrollers and NFC controller IC were chosen for the innovative Nintendo Switch(TM) system;
- Introduced new STM32L4 MCUs, adding larger memories, enhanced graphics support, extra peripherals, and increased power-saving flexibility to the existing lines;
- Teamed with DSP Concepts to offer STM32 users free access to an advanced audio design tool;
- Extended the STM32 ecosystem with the introduction of MCU Finder for PC, a new STM32F7 Nucleo board and Discovery kit, and new STM32 boards to evaluate low-power, long-range IoT connectivity using LoRaWAN(TM), 6LoWPAN, and other Low-Power Wide Area Networks;
- Announced the availability of the new advanced Near Field Communication ST21NFCD controller integrating the recently acquired booster technology.
- Launched STSAFE-A1SX plug-and-play solution to secure devices connected to the Sigfox low-power wide-area network;
- Teamed with Giesecke & Devrient and FitPay Mobile-Payment to offer a certification-ready hardware and software solution to integrate tokenized payments from Mastercard or Visa on wearable devices;
- Captured a win for ST25 NFC reader at a major car OEM;
- Introduced ST25DV dynamic-tag ICs that support higher speed and greater distance RFID specifications and feature an I2C bus for smart meters, IoT devices and other industrial and consumer products;
- Announced new ST25 Discovery kit that accelerates time-to-market of NFC applications in wide range of electronic devices, including payment terminals, access control, device identification, sensor-data collection;
- Sampled STiD337 System-on-Chip in 28nm FD-SOI that will power Eutelsat's SmartLNB interactive terminal;
- Ramped production of the STiD135, the world's first 500Mbaud High Symbol Rate (HSR) satellite demodulator chip, for lead customer Newtec;
- Expanded business from a global leader in optical communication for the PSM4 optical interface product based on silicon photonics;
- Won multiple new designs in 55nm BiCMOS from a major Asian customer for optical infrastructure applications.
Imaging Product Division (IMD)
- Earned multiple new design-wins and continued high-volume shipments of Time-of-Flight ranging sensors to leading smartphone manufacturers;
- Announced new generation of Time-of-Flight sensor, which brings multi-object detection and multi-array scanning to mobile applications.
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