Local Area Wireless: Infineon to Increase R&D Focus on Bluetooth and WLAN Solutions
In order to enhance synergies in this area, the Bluetooth, WLAN, Wireless Control and DECT/WDCT product units have been merged to optimize the product portfolio and to address future oriented applications promising significant market growth and high profitability said Ulrich Hamann, Chief Executive Officer of Infineons Wireless Solutions Group.
Devices equipped with Bluetooth and WLAN technology are quickly gaining acceptance and are forecast to gain a huge share of the market over the next three years. The DECT and WDCT based digital cordless solutions segment is currently experiencing a price war which even extends to new products that are not due to go into production until 2004/2005. Infineon does not consider it makes sense to allocate R&D resources and reserve production capacity in a segment holding out little prospect of profitability. Although Infineon is market leader in DECT/WDCT the company will not participate in such a price war. Infineon will of course continue to fullfil all customer commitments.
This strategic refocus will enable Infineon to further expand its leading position in wireless solutions and forms part of the Wireless Solution Value Net concept which was successfully presented at this years 3GSM World Congress in Cannes.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and customized 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 2001 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 5.67 billion with about 33,800 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.