Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Infineon is looking to strengthen its research and development efforts in the field of high-frequency components and the Infineon Austria holding company DICE (Danube Integrated Circuit Engineering) has broken ground in Linz for a new facility.
The new building, which is due to be completed in 2020, will provide room for 400 employees. The existing site currently employs 180 people working for the development center. Its main focus is on 77 GHz radar chips for driver assistance systems. Components for mobile telephony and navigation applications are another key area of the company’s business.
As Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division of the Infineon Group, explained the site plays an important role for the company: "Infineon is shaping the future of mobility and communication. Microelectronics accounts for the majority of all innovations in the car and in the smartphone. The further development of advanced driver assistance systems, smartphones, tablets and navigation devices is a powerful driver of growth for Infineon. And the semiconductor solutions for all of this are developed in Linz among other locations."
"As one of the leading research-focused industrial companies in Austria, our site in Linz is continuously focusing on the expansion of local expertise and global research tasks in the future-oriented field of high frequency technology”, said Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Technologies Austria AG. She emphasized that. “The local education institutions and research players provide a strong regional knowledge environment that enables outstanding innovations."
Infineon launched the world's first 77GHz radar chips to use silicon-germanium technology in 2009 and these radar sensors are used in distance warning and automatic emergency braking systems and thus make driving safer.
With more than 100 million 77GHz radar chips sold, Infineon is a leading player in this segment and plans to to develop this safety technology further. Radar sensors will be part of the standard equipment of every new car in the future.
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