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ST-Ericsson and Nokia Announce Cooperation to Provide Next-Generation Smartphone Platform for Symbian Foundation

February 17, 2009

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 17 /PRNewswire/ — Nokia and ST-Ericsson
announced they are cooperating to provide the Symbian Foundation with a
reference platform based on ST-Ericsson’s U8500 single chip. The chip, which
combines ST-Ericsson’s well-proven application processor and state-of-the-art
HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem, will enable the wide
adoption, across the industry, of feature-rich, multimedia 3G Smartphones.

Demonstrating its emphasis on execution excellence, ST-Ericsson also
confirmed that it had met its milestones, on time, and the Company is ready
to provide first samples of the Smartphone platform by the end of the first
quarter of 2009.

The U8500, which relies on the Nomadik application-processor technology,
integrates the latest SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) ARM dual-Cortex A9 CPU
in a high-performance, low-power and cost-optimized platform supporting
Symbian Foundation software. The chip is the first device enabling full
High-Definition 1080 progressive-scan camcorder functions. With its
combination of a dual-core SMP processor and its high-end 3-D graphics
accelerator, the chip delivers a unique PC-like Web-browsing experience on
next-generation Smartphones.

“We are confident the U8500 will fuel the growth of Web-enabled
multimedia handheld devices and are excited to be working with Nokia and the
Symbian Foundation to bring the most innovative products to market,” said

Monica de Virgiliis, Vice President, Wireless Multimedia Group.

“I’m very pleased with ST-Ericsson’s execution on the U8500 platform and
look forward to using the platform in our products and seeing it chosen by
other Symbian Foundation partners,” said Peter Ropke, Sr. Vice President R&D
Nokia Devices.

About ST-Ericsson

ST-Ericsson is a world leader in developing and delivering a complete
portfolio of innovative mobile platforms and cutting-edge wireless
semiconductor solutions across the broad spectrum of mobile technologies. The
company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers and
ST-Ericsson’s products and technologies enable more than half of all phones
in use today. The global company of 8,000 people generated pro-forma sales of
about USD 3.6 billion in 2008. ST-Ericsson was established as a 50/50 joint
venture by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson in February 2009, with
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. More information on ST-Ericsson is
available at http://www.stericsson.com.

SOURCE ST-Ericsson


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