Lidar is another technology Infineon is betting on. Half a decade ago, lidar sensors had the size of a flowerpot and carried the price tag of a compact car – a prohibitive price for volume vehicles. Recently, Infineon announced the takeover of lidar technology company Innoluce, which will enable them to make lidar sensors affordable, compact and robust enough for everyday use. “It is our goal to turn lidar into an affordable option for every new car worldwide, like we already have done with radar,” Ploss said.
For the year ahead, Infineon expects a slower growth of some 6% - which seems moderate, but it still is higher than the expected overall semiconductor market growth. In the long run, the company plans to outgrow the total market by 8%. A cornerstone of this plan is the strategic investment in compound semiconductors – and here we are again at Wolfspeed. Once this takeover is home and dry, it will provide significant contributions to Infineon’s future plans in the areas of electromobility, 5G mobile networks, connected cars and Internet of Things. The Wolfspeed takeover is the condition for the Munich-based chipmaker to develop power semiconductors for frequencies up to 80GHz, which are needed to establish the cellular infrastructure for 5G networks.