Infineon Linz: Nicole Rikmanspoel heads quality management of Radarchips for safe mobility

Jul 19, 2022 | Business & Financial Press

Nicole Rikmanspoel took over as team leader for failure analysis and quality excellence at Infineon's development site in Linz in May. With her team, she ensures that the radar chips used worldwide for driver assistance systems are developed in perfect quality.

A native of the Netherlands and trained chemist, she started her career in 2018 at Infineon in Linz in the area of quality management. Prior to that, she worked in the quality department of internationally active companies in the pulp and electronics industries, among others.   

In her new management function, she heads the Linz-based quality team, which deals with failure analyses at the physical and electrical level as well as quality testing of radar chips. Radar sensors are an essential component of modern vehicles and make driving safer and more comfortable, for example as adaptive cruise control, for lane change or as an automatic emergency braking system. With more than 250 million 77 GHz radar chips sold, Infineon is the technology and global market leader in this segment.

Manfred Ruhmer, Managing Director of Infineon in Linz: "I am convinced that in the future, those companies will be most successful that have diverse teams available to solve complex issues. I am therefore all the more pleased that we have been able to recruit Nicole Rikmanspoel, an expert with in-depth experience and leadership skills, for this position. She brings with her many years of experience, particularly in the area of quality assurance. Analytical methods and continuous quality improvements are important factors for Infineon's global technology leadership in automotive radar." 

Nicole Rikmanspoel: "With our expertise, we contribute to high customer satisfaction and can also actively advance the further development of radar sensors and extend our technological lead in international competition. I appreciate the high level of competence and diversity in Linz, which unites 28 nations at the site."

About Infineon in Linz
The development center in Linz was established in 1999 as a spin-off from Johannes Kepler University. Since Infineon Austria joined the company in 2000, the site with more than 200 employees from 28 nations has developed into the global competence center for high-frequency technologies within the Infineon Group with world-leading expertise in radar chips for driver assistance systems. Another development focus of the Linz team is high-frequency components for mobile telephony and navigation applications, such as antenna switches and receiver amplifiers, which enable terminals to achieve very high data rates even under unfavorable reception conditions. These products can be found in almost every smartphone, tablet and navigation system

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About Infineon Austria

Infineon Technologies Austria AG is a group subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG, a world-leading provider of semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon reduce the energy consumption of consumer electronics, domestic appliances and industrial facilities. They make a major contribution to the convenience, security and sustainability of vehicles, and enable secure transactions in the Internet of Things.

Infineon Austria pools competencies for research and development, production as well as global business responsibility. The head office is in Villach, with further branches in Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Vienna. With 4,820 employees from 73 countries (including 2,100 in research and development), in the financial year 2021 (ending in September) the company achieved a turnover of € 3.9 billion. With a research expenditure of 516 million euros, Infineon Austria is one of the strongest research companies in Austria.

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