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Infineon MCUs eye automotive, industrial apps

Posted: 13 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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At the recent IIC/ESC-China, semiconductor player Infineon Technology announced its latest 8bit mcus with flash memory, targeted for automotive and industrial motor control applications, and 16bit SAF XC144S/D/N MCUs used in industrial control applications.

The company said it is not threatened by the presence of major industry players such as Motorola and Microchip in the field. "Infineon holds absolute leading position in the European automotive market. The 8bit MCUs we've brought here are targeted for the Chinese automotive market," commented Jingyan Shi, senior director of industrial & electronics business group at Infineon.

Shi added, "Our MCU features built-in 8-/16Kb flash, employing 0.22?m process and using ECC super error correction technology, which are the advantages that distinguish us from our competitors." He indicated that the product was expected to commence mass production by the end of this year.

Infineon revealed plans to strengthen its local technical support in China. Currently, the company's R&D center located in Xi'an city is now operational. About 40 percent of the company's 8bit MCUs are done at the center, which is equipped with 200 R&D engineers. The company also disclosed its plan to support local automotive manufacturers by partnering with Nanjing Wave Industry Co. Ltd.

Infineon expects to boost capacity of 8bit MCUs to 64kB or 128kB. As for 16bit MCUs, the company said it aims to upgrade existing equipment for this line in the years to come.

- Richard Zhang

Electronics Engineering Times- China

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