May 18, 2011 09:18 ET

ST-Ericsson's Thor™ modem brings industry-leading speed to US customers through Samsung's Infuse™ 4G smartphone

GENEVA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) -

  * Groundbreaking user experience - downloads data at speeds of up to
  * Advanced technology boosts speeds, efficiently using network capacity
  * Reinforces ST-Ericsson leadership in 4G

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.(1), has selected ST- Ericsson's Thor™ advanced HSPA+ modem to bring lightning-fast connectivity to its new Infuse™ 4G(2) smartphone for the US market.

The Infuse 4G is the latest in a succession of Samsung smartphones to incorporate the groundbreaking Thor M5720 modem. Containing just two chips, the Thor M5720 is highly integrated, keeping cost, power-consumption and size to a minimum.

"Thanks to ST-Ericsson's cutting-edge HSPA+ technology, our latest smartphones can connect to the Internet at very high speeds, while still maintaining sleek form factor," said Omar Khan, chief product and technology officer of Samsung Mobile. "Our portfolio of HSPA+ smartphones is also enabling mobile operators to make efficient use of their spectrum, so they can get the most out of devices."

"Samsung's decision to choose the Thor modem for its 4G smartphones is testament to ST-Ericsson's mastery of low-power, high-speed connectivity," said Jörgen Lantto, executive vice president, chief technology officer and strategy of ST- Ericsson. "The launch of the state-of-the-art Infuse 4G, is the perfect showcase for the market-leading performance of our new Thor modems."

Mobile operators worldwide are upgrading their HSPA networks to HSPA+. The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSMA) forecasts at least 150 live commercial HSPA+ networks by the end of 2011.

Notes to Editors

ST-Ericsson's field tests with operators have found that 64-QAM technology can increase a network's spectral efficiency by 30%, enabling operators to carry more data traffic without impinging on their customers' experience.

As well as offering industry-leading power consumption and a small form factor, all of ST-Ericsson's Thor™ modems are equipped with communication interfaces that enable them to be integrated easily with the very latest ST-Ericsson application processors into complete device platforms. Read more about Thor modems Photo of Jorgen Lantto

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. It 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.

Thor is trademarked by ST-Ericsson

(1) Number one mobile phone provider in the United States claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

(2) 4G used in connection with the Samsung Infuse product name refers to the fact that the Infuse is capable of operating on AT&T's HSPA+ network with enhanced backhaul. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Learn more at

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