GENEVA, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced today the next step in its multimedia convergence strategy, which will focus on offering a single application processing platform to serve a broad range of multimedia devices like set-top-boxes, TVs, cars, smartphones and tablets. ST signed an agreement with ST-Ericsson on the development of future application processors. Under the terms of the agreement, ST will take on ST-Ericsson's application processor development R&D activity and then license back its technology to ST-Ericsson for integration into their ModAps (competitive integrated modem plus application processor solutions) for smartphones and tablets. Additionally, the two companies entered into a commercial agreement to jointly promote and offer stand-alone application processors and thin modems to a broader range of customers working across the entire spectrum of electronics applications. The partnership contemplates the transfer to ST of highly skilled employees from ST-Ericsson, joining forces with the current ST R&D teams working on application processors. The agreement includes a transitional cost sharing model, followed by a royalty scheme from ST-Ericsson to ST. This transfer is subject to the completion of consultations with work councils and employee representatives, which ST currently estimates to be completed by July 1, 2012. The partnership with ST-Ericsson is part of a wider new strategic direction announced today by our joint venture aiming to offer, through a combined approach of development and partnerships, competitive integrated ModAps, in addition to capturing a total of $320 million of annual savings from their new and on-going restructuring plans. The expected ST-Ericsson savings will benefit ST's consolidated results, starting in Q3 2012, through the completion of the savings plans by the end of 2013. "With this agreement, ST is one of very few companies to provide complete solutions based on a single application processing platform that delivers the features required by its customers and the whole ecosystem," said Philippe Lambinet, ST's Corporate Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Digital Sector. "By combining ST-Ericsson's skills and deep knowledge of the smartphone and tablet business with ST's strengths in IPs and consumer platforms, we now have capabilities that are second-to-none in mastering all of the key technologies necessary to serve the multi-screen society." "This is a further major step forward in our ambition for undisputed leadership in multimedia convergence, one of the two pillars of our vision together with Sense and Power," said Carlo Bozotti, president and CEO of STMicroelectronics. "By partnering with ST-Ericsson in such a critical and R&D-intensive domain, we are able to leverage our investments over a wider range of applications and market opportunities, while capturing significant synergies benefiting both ST-Ericsson and ST. Overall, the agreement announced today well positions ST and ST-Ericsson for future success in application processors. In addition, ST, as a shareholder of ST-Ericsson, will benefit from the joint venture's new strategic plan and expected cost savings."