The dawn of DICE
Back in 1998, while still under Siemens, Infineon Austria began collaborating with Richard Hagelauer, Professor of Complex Digital Circuits and later Rector at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.
He was convinced that the future of mobile telephony was not the classic telephone call, but data transfer. Today, this is not a surprising statement. But in 1998, a year before the world's first cell phone with a camera was launched in Japan, it was visionary.
In the field of high-frequency technology, he intensified his cooperation with Infineon and in 1999 founded Danube Integrated Circuit Engineering GmbH & Co. KG , or DICE for short. Shortly thereafter, on May 15, 2000, Infineon took over 50.3 % of the company shares and provided the two founders and technical managing directors Richard Hagelauer and Robert Weigl with a commercial manager, Edwin Moser. In the same year, thanks to the achievements of the Linz team, Infineon launched the M-GOLD, the world's first chip for a dual-mode UMTS/GSM baseband solution.