Infineon places its bets on compound semiconductors, lidar, radar: Page 2 of 2

November 23, 2016 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Infineon places its bets on compound semiconductors, lidar, radar
With sustainability as its magic success formula, chipmaker Infineon has grown faster than the chip industry in the FY2016 that just ended. For the years ahead, CEO Reinhard Ploss is even sure that he can increase the company’s profitability in an almost stagnant global market. But his high-flying plans depend on one factor that is not yet completely certain.
12 million 77 GHz radar chips, more than in the previous six years combined. And the demand is expected to continue: For FY 2016, Ploss plans to sell between 25 and 30 million units. To meet the rising demand for these products, Infineon has started to increase its (actually rather old) fab in Regensburg, Germany.

 

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.

 

Related news:

Infineon details plans for Wolfspeed takeover

Infineon acquires lidar expertise through Innoluce takeover

Infineon keeps all radar options open

NXP to focus on all CMOS radar

Demand for radar systems boosts Infineon’s chip production

 


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