Robot-Era Robot-Era Duration: 01.01.2012 > 31.12.2015
The Robot-Era Project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement num. 288899
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08 - ST Microelectronics Srl (ST-I), Italy


ST-Iicroelectronics is the world’s fifth largest semiconductor company with net revenues of US$ 8.51 billion in 2009. According to the latest industry data from iSupply, ST holds market leadership in many fields. The Company is the leading producer of application-specific analog chips and power conversion devices. It is the #1 supplier of semiconductors for the Industrial market, set-top box applications, and MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) chips for portable and consumer devices, including game controllers and smart phones. ST also occupies leading positions in fields as varied as automotive integrated circuits (#3), chips for computer peripherals (#3), and the rapidly expanding market for MEMS overall (#5).
ST aims to be the leader in multimedia convergence and power applications, offering one of the world’s broadest product portfolios, including application-specific products containing a large proprietary IP content and multi-segment products that range from discrete devices to high-performance microcontrollers, secure smart card chips and MEMS devices.


ST is strongly motivated in the Robot-ERA project whose objectives meet the company roadmaps and research efforts as in the vision of the Company Top Management. Thus the Company will be present in work packages and shall invest an effort in its management and implementation .
The competences that ST shall deploy in the project are in the fields of: power components, Robotics, MEMS – discrete platform design, System Design Architecture, development of wireless sensor platform for smart environments in robotic applications, research on sustainable sensor systems with low power consumption, research on motor driver for low power consumption to sustainable robotic system, research on portable distribute diagnostic and remote patient control.


Since its creation, ST has maintained an unwavering commitment to R&D and is one of the industry’s most innovative companies. In 2009, ST spent US$2.37B in R&D, which is approximately 28% of the Company’s 2009 revenues. ST’s process technology portfolio includes advanced CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) logic including embedded memory variants, mixed-signal, analog and power processes. ST has a worldwide network of front-end (wafer fabrication) and back-end (assembly and test and packaging) plants.
ST has established a worldwide network of strategic alliances, including product development with key customers, technology development with customers and other semiconductor manufacturers, and equipment- and CAD-development alliances with major suppliers. These industrial partnerships are complemented by a wide range of research programs conducted with leading universities and research institutes around the world, in addition to playing a key role in Europe’s advanced technology research programs such as CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics), a successor to MEDEA+, and industry initiatives such as ENIAC (European Nanoelectronics Initiative) and ARTEMIS (Embedded Computing Systems Initiative). ST is one of the founding members of EPoSS, the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration, and Dr. Carmelo Papa, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ST-Iicroelectronics - Industrial & Multisegment Sector, is the EPOSS Chairmen.
ST is also active in numerous collaborative research projects worldwide. At the regional level ST-Iicroelectronics participated on following European projects relevant to Robot-ERA: FP6: CLEAN, MORPHEUS, SYMTECO, COMSON; FP7: THERMINATOR, SeemPubs (PPP), MAnON, PROPHET and ENIAC: MODERN, END, CSI, LastPower, ERG. The Italian Government is currently contributing to the MODERN, END, CSI, LastPower and ERG projects.



Nunzio Abbate received the Electronics Engineering degree in 1995. He worked in Fiat Autofrom 1996 to 1999 on automotive factory automation engineering. He managed the Orange Picking Robot project for CRAM, (completed in the 2003) and collaborates with the University of Catania, Engineering Department. From 2000 to 2004 he managed the STIicroelectronics CMG-MCD ST5 Product Engineering team. He manages the STIicroelectronics ART Automation Robotics and Transportation Segment. Main team activities are focused on Robotics, Factory Automation, Healthcare, Automotive and the Advanced Platforms.

Adriano Basile Ph.D. received the Computer Science Engineering degree in 2000 and the PhD in Electronic and Automation Engineering in 2004. He works actually in STIicroelectronics as Healthcare Program Manager within the ART team. His main activities are focused on healthcare, human machine interaction, embedded systems, and R&D programs. His research activity has also produced more than twenty scientific papers.

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