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2015-09-14

STMicroelectronics: A 'Medical-Grade' Motion Sensor from STMicroelectronics Jumpstarts Creation of New Implantable Applications

Geneva, September 14, 2015 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM)
, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications, has introduced theMIS2DH, an ultra-low-power 3-axis
accelerometer specifically designed for medical applications, including
implantable devices classified by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as
Class III. ST has many years of experience in developing custom motion
sensors for leading medical-equipment manufacturers and the MIS2DH distils
this expertise into an off-the-shelf solution that can enable functions such
as activity monitoring and posture sensing to be included in a wide range of
medical applications.

Implantable medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, ICDs (Implantable
Cardioverter Defibrillator), and neurostimulators have been successfully used
for many years to prolong the lives of patients with heart problems or to
make life better for people with chronic pain conditions. Today, there is a
growing interest in the medical world in exploring how new implantable
devices could help treat other chronic problems such as high blood pressure,
epilepsy, and tremor-related conditions. For most of these applications, an
embedded accelerometer capable of measuring the activity and posture of the
patient is important to manage the stimulus delivered by the implantable
device and therefore to improve the effectiveness of the treatment and the
wellbeing of the patient.

Till now, a major obstacle for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) wanting to
develop innovative new medical devices has been the high costs associated
with custom-designed sensors and obtaining FDA certification. The MIS2DH
addresses this problem by combining a 3-axis mechanical element and an
integrated electronic circuit in a single package, along with a set of
collaterals required by customers seeking FDA Class III approval:

* Dedicated Manufacturing and Testing flow, including additional checks,
screening and process control;
* Guaranteed retention of production records for more than 10 years;
* Product-change management and notification aligned with medical standards;
* Each batch is shipped with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC);
* Long-term longevity commitment.

The MIS2DH accelerometer has been developed and produced in full compliance
with the rules of ST's medical domain, a self-regulation that ST adopted in
2012 to secure the development and manufacturing flow for products intended
for use in sensitive medical applications.

"Medical researchers and electronics technology experts from companies of all
sizes are interested in exploring new ways in which implantable devices could
help enhance or prolong the life of people with chronic conditions, which
will be an increasingly pressing problem with the world's ageing population,"
said Anton Hofmeister, General Manager of ST's Custom MEMS Division. "By
combining our world-leading expertise in motion-sensing with a robust set of
procedures for developing, manufacturing, and testing devices aimed at
applications that meet the most stringent medical regulatory requirements, ST
is contributing to important progress in this field by significantly lowering
the cost and time-to-market barriers."

Key technical features of the MIS2DH include:

* 3-axis accelerometer;
* ultra-small size (2x2x1mm3);
* ultra-low power consumption (down to 2uA in low-power mode);
* ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g selectable full-scale;
* 8-, 10- and 12-bit operating modes;
* 1Hz - 5KHz output data rate;
* FIFO buffer and programmable interrupt to minimize system power
consumption;
* I2C/SPI digital outputs;
* 1.71 -3.6V operating voltage.

TheMIS2DHis available now in volume. Please contact your ST sales office for
pricing options and sample requests.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and
energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the
heart of everyday life. ST's products are found everywhere today, and
together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter
factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and
Internet of Things devices. By getting more from technology to get more from
life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2014, the Company's net revenues were $7.40 billion, serving more than
100,000 customers worldwide. Further information can be found atwww.st.com.

For Press Information Contact:

STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com

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