ST-Ericsson Thor M5780 HSPA+ modem to power new Panasonic smartphone



ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, announced today that Panasonic selected the power-efficient Thor(TM) M5780 thin modem for their newest ultra slim smartphone. The ST-Ericsson Thor M5780 is a very compact smartphone-optimized modem configuration which inherits the proven HSPA+ modem technology from its predecessors. The small modem size helped Panasonic deliver an ultra slim smartphone equipped with a 4.3-inch screen. "The Thor M5780 represents a further improvement of 21Mbps thin modems for smartphones in terms of size, thermal performance and cost structure which is why we believe Panasonic selected our modem to power their newest smartphone," said Staffan Iveberg, senior vice president, thin modem solutions division for ST-Ericsson. "The success of innovation has led to a 35% size reduction of M5780 compared to our first generation HSPA+ modem. The modem is capable of delivering 21Mbps downstream and 5.76Mbps upstream simultaneously and needs no separate flash memory. With all of these features, Panasonic had everything they needed to make a great high speed broadband-enabled smartphone." 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 generated sales of $1.7 billion in 2011. ST-Ericsson was established as a 50/50 joint venture by STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) in February 2009, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.