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Samsung Selects ST-Ericsson Solution for Super-Fast Smartphone

Barcelona, February 16, 2011 - Samsung Electronics, one of the world`s leading mobile phone manufacturers, has selected an advanced HSPA+ modem from ST-Ericsson to support its' pioneering Galaxy S(TM) 4G, exclusively from T-Mobile USA - the first 4G HSPA+ smartphone capable of theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps. The power-efficient and highly-integrated Thor(TM) M5720 modem enables the new smartphone, which recently was launched by T-Mobile USA on America`s largest 4G network, to enjoy an unprecedented combination of fast connectivity and strong battery life.


The Thor M5720 modem also supports 64-QAM technology, enabling mobile operators to make more efficient use of their spectrum and transfer more data simultaneously through the air, resulting in a better mobile broadband experience for the consumer.


"The Galaxy S 4G handset will provide consumers and business people with a great experience, whether they are surfing the web, uploading videos, posting photographs or accessing real-time location based services," said Hyungmoon No, VP of R&D Strategy Group, of Samsung Electronics. "ST-Ericsson's HSPA+ solutions are helping Samsung to develop cost-effective, high-performance smartphones that don't compromise on battery life."


"Together, Samsung and ST-Ericsson are breaking new ground by rolling out a super-fast 4G smartphone that can connect to the Internet at higher-speeds than most fixed-line connections," said Jörgen Lantto, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Strategy of ST-Ericsson. "Our world's first advanced HSPA+ technology for smartphones is making 21Mbps connectivity a new benchmark for advanced smartphones, while enabling mobile operators to make more efficient use of their spectrum and their customers to enjoy very advanced multimedia services."    


Notes to Editors


As of Jan 2011, 148 HSPA operators, i.e. approaching 40%, have committed to HSPA+ network deployments in 67 countries. A total of 103 operators i.e. more than 1 in 4, have commercially launched HSPA+ systems, in 57 countries, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association.


Read more about ST-Ericsson`s Thor modems


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 company generated sales of about USD 2.3 billion in 2010.  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 www.stericsson.com.





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