Enhanced Chip Designs and Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Developments Reinforce Infineon Position in Worldwide Embedded Control Market

Feb 18, 2004 | Technology Media

Munich, Nuremberg, Germany – February 18, 2004 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today reported on several technology and product developments that reinforce the company’s position as a leading supplier of microcontrollers for automotive, industrial and consumer electronics applications. In addition to the company’s launch of an advanced, Linux-capable 32-bit microcontroller (see separate news release), Infineon announced:
  • Two new products in its family of 16-bit microcontrollers, with optimizations for cost-effective system designs in factory automation and consumer applications. Additionally, Infineon noted the release of certified benchmark results for its XC167CI microcontroller, the first 16-bit controller to be evaluated in the EEMBC 8- /16-bit microcontroller test suite.
  • Recognition of the TriCore™2 Unified Processing microcontroller core architecture as the “Best Low-Power Embedded Processor of 2003” in the prestigious Microprocessor Report Analyst’s Choice awards.
  • Availability of a TriCore processor test chip from Road Technology Company, a Japan-based design services firm, providing system companies with a source for new custom chip designs targeted at consumer electronics applications.

Summary information on these news developments is provided below. For further information, please contact Infineon Media Relations.

New 16-bit Microcontrollers

The two new additions to the Infineon C166 family of 16-bit microcontrollers are the C161S and XC164CM. The new products extend the one of the most successful and broadly used families of 16-bit processors, which are code-compatible across multiple product generations and extensively supported with systems and chip-level development tools.

The C161S is a powerful, cost-optimized microcontroller that allows designers of industrial control and network systems, small programmable logic control (PLC) systems, telecommunications linecards and basestations, telephone handsets and private branch exchange (PBX) systems to significantly reduce development cost and time. With an 80 nanosecond (ns) instruction cycle time, clock rate of 25 MHz and a 16-priority-level interrupt system, the microcontroller meets the real-time performance requirements of communications and industrial control systems. The C161S can address up to 16 Mbytes of memory for program code and data, and is designed with on-board memory of 2 Kbytes Internal RAM (IRAM). This controls the total chip cost and provides designers with the flexibility to specify the optimal memory for specific applications. Samples of the C161S, in an 80-in MQFP package, are available now, with typical pricing of Euro 2.40 in quantities of 10,000.

Based on the enhanced version of the widely used C166 architecture, the XC164CM features pipeline extensions and new architectural features to double performance at the same clock speed as earlier generations. Features include high-performance on-chip flash memory, a Multiply and Accumulate (MAC) unit that increases calculation power, advanced interrupt-handling, high-resolution analog to digital conversion (ADC) capabilities, and an on-chip debug system to accelerate product development. The new microcontroller is in a small form factor package to reduce required board space up to 20 percent compared to comparable solutions. Samples of the XC164CM, in a 64-pin TQFP package, are now available, with volume production targeted for Q2 2005 at a typical price of Euro 6.30 in quantities of 10,000.
In support of a system-level approach to embedded design, Infineon works with the EEMBC benchmarking consortium to establish balanced and accurate test suites for all classes of microcontrollers. In January, EEMBC released the first certified results in its 8- / 16-bit benchmark, showing the projected system performance of the XC167CI microcontroller. These results can be compared to industry norms at www.eembc.org.

For more information on Infineon’s complete portfolio of solutions for embedded design, visit www.infineon.com/microcontrollers

Innovative Tricore 2 Named as ‘Analyst’s Choice’

The Infineon TriCore Unified Processor is the company’s flagship microcontroller core architecture for the most demanding segments of the automotive and industrial control markets. On February 5, 2004, the technology analysts of In-Stat/MDR (Microdesign Resources) named the next generation TriCore 2 as the “Best Low-Power Embedded Processor.” The analysts recognized TriCore 2 for its “fresh approach in supporting real-time predictability via multithreading extensions,” while maintaining an overall power efficient design. TriCore 2, which extends the IP building block roadmap for Infineon’s award-winning 32-bit product family, incorporates several patent claimed techniques to bring multithreading concepts to embedded control applications. For more information, visit www.infineon.com/tricore

TriCore Chip Implemented by 3 rd Party Design Firm

Electronic system designers that want to implement new chips based on the TriCore architecture have a new 3 rd party service provider source to help create and validate new chip designs. Road Technology Co. (www.roadmap.co.jp), a Tokyo-based provider recently completed its first TriCore-based test chip, which was manufactured on a foundry basis by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC). Road initiated its design using the Synopsys DesignWare® TC1MP-S, a licensable and synthesizable version of the TriCore 1.3 Unified Processor Architecture.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.

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