Dublin, Ireland - May 9, 2001 - Parthus Technologies plc
(Nasdaq: PRTH, LSE: PRH), a leading provider of platform-level
intellectual property, today announced the signing of heads of agreement
with STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), for a multi-technology portfolio
licensing and royalty agreement for the complete suite of Parthus' mobile
Internet IP platforms.
Under the terms of the multi-technology agreement:
STMicroelectronics will license the complete portfolio of
Parthus' mobile computing, wireless communications and mobile content
application platforms. ST will deploy these platforms targeting various
applications sectors including communications, consumer and automotive for
which Parthus will derive royalties on a per unit basis.
STMicroelectronics and Parthus will also establish joint
marketing cooperation forum enabling collaboration on innovative IP
platform solutions for emerging market opportunities.
Parthus will have access to STMicroelectronics' manufacturing
capacity in advanced technologies, via a manufacturing and supply
"This agreement will extend and elevate our long-standing relationship
with Parthus," said Aldo Romano, Corporate VP and General Manager of ST's
Telecommunications, Peripherals and Automotive Groups. "Parthus' broad
portfolio of platform-level intellectual property will contribute to the
acceleration of ST's development of leading-edge products for tomorrow's
mobile Internet services and will help to address the diversity of devices
delivering these future services in wireless, automotive and other
"I am delighted that our long-standing relationship with ST has evolved
to today's multi-year, multi-technology agreement. This is our largest and
most significant license agreement to date and greatly validates our long
term license and royalty strategy with one of the world's largest
semiconductor companies," said Brian Long, Chief Executive Officer of
Parthus. "Today's technology alliance leverages our collective strengths.
ST is a leading provider of silicon for a broad range of applications such
as wireless, automotive and consumer entertainment. By licensing today's
platforms and cooperating on next generation product definition, we can
deliver a comprehensive set of solutions into next generation high growth
With net revenues of $7.8 billion in 2000, STMicroelectronics is the
world's sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer and a market leader in
the communication, digital consumer and automotive sectors.
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