company_name = Infineon Technologies AG
company_type = Public (FWB|IFX, nyse|IFX)
foundation = 1999
key_people = Peter Bauer (CEO and Chairman of the executive board), Max Dietrich Kley (Chairman of the
industry = Semiconductors
Microcontrollers, computer memory, communication ICs
revenue = €7.682 billion (2007)cite web |url=http://www.infineon.com/dgdl/2007_Jahresbericht_e.pdf?folderId=db3a30431689f4420116b5cfff3e06de&fileId=db3a30431689f4420116d35b08920c3a&location=en.Corporate.Home.Investor.Reporting.Download_Center_.2007_Jahresbericht_e.pdf_folderId_db3a30431689f4420116b5cfff3e06de_fileId_db3a30431689f4420116d35b08920c3a |title=Annual Report 2007 |accessdate=2008-09-06 |publisher=Infineon Technologies]
operating_income = loss (€370 million) (2007)
net_income = loss (€368 million) (2007)
num_employees = 43,000 (2007)
homepage = [http://www.infineon.com/ www.infineon.com]
intl = yes
Infineon Technologies AG (FWB|IFX, NYSE|IFX) was founded in April 1999 when the
semiconductoroperations of parent company, Siemens AG, were spun off to form a separate legal entity. As of September 30, 2007Infineon has about 43,000 employees worldwide, 6000 of them involved in research and development. In the 2007 financial year, the company achieved sales of US$11.66 billion. In 2007 a 14.6% rise in projected calendar year revenues saw Infineon taking 10th place in iSuppli's global semiconductor sales ranking, thus gaining five places from 2006.
May 1, 2006, Infineon's Memory Products division was carved out as a distinct company called QimondaAG. It employs about 13,500 people worldwide. Qimonda has been listed on the NYSE.
The markets of Infineon Technologies
Infineon Technologies AG,
Neubibergnear Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products through its subsidiary Qimonda. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the USAfrom Milpitas, Californiain the Asia-Pacificregion from Singaporeand in Japanfrom Tokyo.
Infineon has a number of facilities in
Europe. Infineon's high power segment is in Warstein( Germany), Villach( Austria) and Cegléd( Hungary). It also runs R&Dcenters in France, Singapore, Romania, Taiwan& Banglore, India& fabrication units in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia& China.
Infineon is listed on the DAX 30 index of the
Frankfurt Stock Exchangeand on the New York Stock Exchange(ticker symbol: IFX).
What Infineon means
The name Infineon combines the English word "infinity" (Latin word "infinitas") with "eon," the ancient Greek word for eternity, in an attempt to call to mind the idea of unlimited potential.
Infineon's main product lines are ICs in the following areas:
*Communications (wired and wireless)
**Ethernet over VDSL 10Base-S products
Automotive, Industrial & Multimarket
**Power ICs, Coolset, CoolMOS
DC-DCpower management ICs & AC-DCpower management ICs
**Sense and Control products, TPMS (
TriCore, C166 and 8-Bit Micro-controllers
*Memory Products - Now with
DRAMInfineon also has an HPS (High Power Segment). The front-end of this production is in Warstein (GER), the back-end is in Cegléd (Hungary). Thyristors, diodes and IGBTs are manufactured here.
=Apple iPhone chips=
The Apple iPhone contains
basebandprocessor (PMB8876 S-Gold 2 multimedia engine with EDGE functionality) and GSMRF transceiver chips supplied by Infineon [ [http://www.techonline.com/product/underthehood/200001814 "Under the Hood: Inside the Apple iPhone", "TechOnline"] July 01, 2007] .
During the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijng in August, Chinese automobile manufacturer
Chang'an Motorswill supply a number of hybrid-drive cars as taxis for the athletes and spectators. The power electronics for the " mild hybrid" drive (HybridPACK 1) will be supplied by Infineon. [ [http://www.eetimes.eu/automotive/209102167 "Chinese hybrid car to use Infineon electronics" in "EE Times"] . Retrieved July 22, 2008] [ [http://www.infineon.com/cms/en/product/channel.html?channel=db3a3043136fc1dd011370f45ed90441 HybridPACK™1 - Infineon Technologies ] ] .
* Infineon announced the buy-out of the cellular division of LSI in August 2007 [ [http://www.infineon.com/cms/en/corporate/press/news/releases/2007/INFXX200708-084.html "Infineon acquiring LSI's mobile product business, "Infineon"] ] . This division belonged to the erstwhile
Agere Systemsbefore it merged with LSI.
* In August 2007 it completed the acquisition of TI's DSL CPE business group. This group has been merged with the communications product group at Infineon.
Major institutional investors in Infineon are: Dodge and Cox International: 10.03%,
Merrill Lynch International: 5.25%, Templeton Global Advisors Limited: 5.16%, Capital Group International: 4.14%. [ [http://www.infineon.com/cms/en/corporate/investor/infineon-share/shareholder-structure.html "Shareholder Structure", "Infineon"] 29 February, 2008]
Price fixing controversy
In 2004–2005 an investigation was carried out into a worldwide
DRAM price fixingconspiracy during 1999–2002 that damaged competitionand raised PC prices. As a result, Samsungis to pay $300 million fine, Hynixwas to pay $185 million in 2005, Infineon: $160 million in 2004. Micron Technologycooperated with prosecutors and no fine is expected.
Infineon technologies supports local
high schools with F.I.R.S.T. robotics[http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/pro/04-octnov/dia_infineon.htm] . They currently help three local schools in Richmond, Virginia- Atlee HS, Tucker HS, and Highland Springs Tech Center (HTA)
AENEON was introduced in 2005. AENEON is a
DRAMmemory family of Infineon and fits into standard PCs and notebooks.
AENEON targets whitebox (non-brand) PC and
notebookmanufacturers world wide, as well as the European retail segment and end users (web shop). AENEON DRAM memory focuses the "price-performance" segment.
Price advantages are obtained due to a limited product portfolio (only "unbuffered" and "SO-DIMM"), and due to outsourced module assembly. The DRAM components, however, are "Made by Infineon".
* [http://www.infineon.com Infineon website]
* [http://finance.google.com/finance?q=IFX&hl=en Infineon Stock on NYSE]
* [http://www.aeneon.com AENEON website]
* [http://www.reuters.com/article/privateEquity/idUSL2672588420080526 "Infineon CEO Ziebart steps down; Bauer takes over", Reuters]
* [http://www.infineon.com/cms/en/product/channel.html?channel=db3a3043136fc1dd011370f45ed90441 Infineon HybridPACK]
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