Infineon intends to regain the lead in automotive chips: Page 2 of 5

December 13, 2017 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Infineon intends to regain the lead in automotive chips
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: Will you be able to achieve your goal of becoming number one with purely organic growth?

Schiefer: With our strengths in system understanding, we have already shown that we can achieve growth well above the market. We are very well positioned when it comes to electromobility as well as automated driving. The increasing level of automation makes it necessary to install more sensors in the car. We are the market leader in radar sensor chips and we are also very strong in the associated real-time data processing and actuator electronics. For example, take data fusion at Level two: We are very well represented with our multicore AURIX microcontroller family enabling data fusion and signal processing. For higher automation levels three to five, the ASIL-D capability of our microcontrollers is very important for functional safety in the system.

Automated driving and increasing networking require reliable data security. Here, the automotive industry benefits from the security expertise of our Chip Card & Security division, which we combine with over 40 years of automotive experience and adapt for the car. The result is a broad product range for hardware-based security. Our AURIX microcontrollers with built-in safety functions are, for example, key components for embedded IT security in vehicles. They control the communication processes, perform monitoring and security tasks and support security protocols. In addition, we offer separate external security components. Depending on the application, different security levels can be implemented in the vehicle. We understand the car as a system and help to introduce security along the entire value chain.

eeNews Europe: Isn't there no technology area where Infineon would have to buy additional expertise? What about idar?

Schiefer: The acquisition of the Dutch start-up Innoluce was an important step for us in lidar technology. Redundancy of three complementary sensor technologies is the basis for automated driving. In addition to camera and radar, this is lidar – and Infineon can offer all three of them. We will replace and reduce today's macro-mirror-based systems with micro-mechanical mirrors using MEMS technology. The Lidar MEMS know-how comes from Innoluce and the manufacturing expertise from us. We want to offer solid-state MEMS chip components with which our customers can build a system. Our goal is to make Lidar an affordable feature for every new-built car, worldwide.

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