STMicroelectronics and NXP complete deal to create new wireless semiconductor company

July 28, 2008

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GENEVA and EINDHOVEN, The Netherland -- NXP -- the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips -- and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) , a leader in delivering advanced silicon solutions for mobile products, today announced the closing of the deal bringing together key wireless operations of both companies into ST-NXP Wireless, a deal they announced on April 10th, 2008. The joint venture, which will start operations on August 2nd, launches as a solid top-three industry player with a complete wireless product and technology portfolio and as a leading supplier to major handset manufacturers who together ship more than 80% of all handsets. ST-NXP Wireless will be among the few companies with the R&D scale and expertise to meet customer needs in 2G, 2.5G, 3G, multimedia, connectivity and all future wireless technologies.

ST-NXP Wireless is being created from successful businesses that together generated $3 billion in revenue in 2007. At the closing, STMicroelectronics took an 80% stake in the joint venture and contributed $1.55 billion to NXP, including a control premium. The new organization will start with a cash balance of about $350 million, in a very healthy financial position and able to grow its business with all of its wireless customers.

"The wireless industry is undergoing a major change. Semiconductor companies are coming to play an ever more important role, contributing an ever larger share of the product value chain to handset makers, who expect us to deliver leading-edge solutions across the full spectrum of mobile applications," said Alain Dutheil, Chief Executive Officer of ST-NXP Wireless. "ST-NXP Wireless is being created to address this new paradigm; we'll be equipped with a world-class product and technology portfolio and top-league R&D capabilities to compete for leadership in the wireless and mobile- multimedia market."

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI)

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