Infineon Expands Development Site More Space for RF Innovation

Spatenstich für das neue HF-Entwicklungszentrum in Linz, Österreich, mit Manfred Ruhmer, Geschäftsführer DICE, Peter Schiefer, Präsident der Automotive Division der Infineon Technologies AG, Sabine Herlitschka, Vorstandsvorsitzende der Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Gerhard Riess und Peter Zeiner, Geschäftsführer DICE (v. l. n. r.).
Ground-breaking ceremony for the new RF development centre in Linz, Austria, with Manfred Ruhmer, Managing Director of DICE, Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division of Infineon Technologies AG, Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Gerhard Riess and Peter Zeiner, Managing Director of DICE (from left to right).

Infineon's new RF development centre in Linz, Austria, will provide 220 new jobs. The new building is designed for 400 employees who develop new RF components such as radar ICs for automobiles.

Infineon Austria is creating space for 400 workplaces in research and development with this new location in Linz, Austria. In addition to the current headcount of 180 people working at the Linz site, Infineon is creating space for a further 220 research and development workplaces.

Highly qualified expert staff are an essential prerequisite for this. To counteract the current shortage of skilled workers, it is important to instill more young people with enthusiasm for technology and make Upper Austria an attractive business location for international experts.

Infineon helps to build clean, safe and intelligent vehicles and ensure reliable and swift communication of devices on the Internet of things – communication between devices and people and among devices. The Linz site develops solutions for these important future markets.

Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division of the Infineon Group explains: »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«.

With its development center for high-frequency components in Linz, Infineon is a pioneer in radar for automated driver assistance systems: The high-tech company launched the world's first 77 GHz radar chip to use silicon-germanium technology in 2009. These radar sensors are used in automated driver assistance systems such as distance warning and automatic emergency braking and make driving safer and more comfortable. With more than 100 million 77 GHz radar chips sold, Infineon is the technology and world market leader in this segment. The aim is to develop this safety technology further, since radar sensors will be part of the standard equipment of every new car in the future. Radar systems are, among other things, a requirement for autonomous driving.