Infineon intends to regain the lead in automotive chips

December 13, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Although NXP has overtaken Infineon in the automotive chip market, Infineon sees itself on the fast track and is determined to return to the top, even though its competitor NXP might merge with Qualcomm. Infineon’s Automotive Division President Peter Schiefer explains how.

eeNews Europe: Recently, there have been statements from your company that Infineon intends to become the number one in the automotive electronics market. To do so, Infineon would have to overtake NXP which probably will soon be united with Qualcomm and possibly even Broadcom. How are you going to get past these heavyweights?

Peter Schiefer: Infineon has been outgrowing the market for automotive semiconductors for many years. For example, since 2010, the market has grown by about 6 %, but Infineon has grown by about 10 %. I am convinced that we will be able to continue our growth in relation to the market and thus further increase our market share. In addition to increasing vehicle production and vehicle equipment, I see two major megatrends. One is automated driving, the other is reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Infineon is very well positioned in both areas. We have everything in our portfolio that automakers need for increasing the efficiency of electric consumers in cars, for the electrification of the powertrain and for automated driving functions from level two to level five (according to the SAE definition): sensors, microcontrollers, power semiconductors and modules in combination with a deep understanding of the system and reliable automotive quality. With us, the car becomes "clean, safe and smart".