23 Apr '12, 3pm

ST-Ericsson transfers processor business to ST, cuts 1,700 jobs

ST-Ericsson has agreed to transfer its stand-alone application processor activities to STMicroelectronics as part of a restructuring of the mobile phone semiconductor company aimed at a "lower the breakeven point". The company is also planning to cut 1,700 jobs worldwide by the end of next year. The company's main market remains silicon platforms for smartphones and tablets. This includes application processors, modems, connectivity as well as power, RF, analog and mixed signal. But as well as in-house development it will use partnerships and alliances to "limit the R&D effort" necessary. The company will continue to develop modem IP, a key competitive enabler, sell thin modems and possibly license modem IP to third parties. As part of the restructure plan ST-Ericsson will partner with STMicroelectronics in the development of application processors. As a result ST-Ericsson...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/23/04/2012/5348...

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