Global independent semiconductor company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronic applications, including telecommunications systems, computer systems, consumer products, automotive products and industrial automation and control systems. Product line: ASIC, Discretes, Imaging Products, Memories, MEMS, Microcontrollers, Smartcard ICs, Smart Products, ST100 DSP, Standard ICs, STPC, TouchChip. ST is the world's leading supplier of analog ICs and MPEG-2 decoder ICs, and is ranked number two for non-volatile memories overall and at number four for Flash memory. In application segments ST is number one for ICs for set-top boxes and hard disk drives; at number two for smart cards and DVDs; at number three for automotive ICs; and finally, at number four for telecom ICs. The ST group was formed in June 1987 as a result of the merger between SGS Microelettronica of Italy and Thomson Semiconducteurs of France. In May 1998, the company changed its name from SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics to STMicroelectronics.