New Secure Microcontroller from Infineon Technologies Cited For Best Technological Innovation; Receives Prestigious 'Sesames Award'

Oct 29, 2001 | Market News

Munich, Germany – October 29, 2001 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced that its new 32-bit chip card controller was named as Best Technological Innovation 2001 and recipient of a Sesames Award. The award was announced on the occasion of “Cartes 2001” in Paris, France (October 23 - 25, 2001).

The Sesames Awards, now in their sixth year, honor outstanding achievements within the chip card industry. An international panel of nine jurors active in the chip card industry selected the individual recipients from a total of 86 companies that applied for the nine Sesame Awards, which recognize the winners in the categories “Best Application”, “Best Software” and “Best Technological Innovation”.

Infineon received the award for the first member in the new 88 family, the SLE88CX720P. Featuring unsurpassed computing power and leading-edge security capability, the chip sets a new standard in performance and flexibility in the chip card category. The SLE88CX720P supports secure and reliable administration of several applications on a card. It will accelerate the evolution of chip-on-card products into multi-functional chip cards, combining features such as an authenticated driving license with banking and credit card services, monthly ticket for public transportation, and the loyalty bonus program of a retailer.

“Our new 32-bit chip card controller has been well received by our customers due to its forward-thinking product features,“ said Dr. Hermann Eul, senior vice president and general manager of the Security & Chip Card ICs Business Group of Infineon Technologies. “The award strengthens our trust that our 32-bit chip card platform, the 88 family, will become the most successful of its generation – just like the 66Plus and 44 product families in the past.“

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About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, 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 the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 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

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