STMicroelectronics (R&D) Limited (STMUK) is a wholly owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics N.V., a global independent semiconductor company developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. The company has strong silicon technology expertise and manufacturing strengths and is a leading broad range microelectronic component supplier. The company has developed a worldwide network of strategic alliances for product and technology development and continues to invest strongly in R&D (over $2 billion in 2008, representing 21% of net revenues). The STMicroelectronics group was formed in June 1987 as a result of the merger between SGS-ATES of Italy and Thomson Semiconducteurs of France. In 1999 the STMicroelectronics group acquired VLSI Vision plc, a company specializing in CMOS imaging solutions and having close ties with the University of Edinburgh. This centre of excellence forms the core of the STMicroelectronics group’s Imaging Division which offers a wide choice of products addressing sensor, companion image/video processor and optical lensed micro module applications. The Imaging Division is a world leading CMOS image sensor and camera module supplier.