Gartner Dataquest Report Shows Infineon Technologies Gains Market Share for Security and Chip Card ICs in Tough Market Year; 50 Percent of Chip Cards Shipped Worldwide in 2001 Contained an Infineon IC
This marks the fourth consecutive year that Infineon has achieved the number one ranking in share of the worldwide chip card ICs, which includes secure memory chips and smart card microcontrollers. Growth in the companys microcontroller shipments was particularly strong, as the company achieved market share leadership with 36 percent of unit volume, compared to its 28 percent share one year earlier.
It is especially satisfying to achieve market share gains in both unit volume and percentage of revenue during a year of moderate demand and significant price decline in the chip card industry, said Dr. Hermann Eul, chief executive officer of the Security & Chip Card ICs group at Infineon. We attribute our success to the strong strategic relationships with our customers, which we have built by providing a broad product platform that allows rapid, efficient deployment of applications and helps our customers to achieve their strategic goals.
It is also gratifying to gain share in a number of key application categories for security microcontrollers, including Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards for mobile hand which are, according to Dataquest, once again determining the overall revenues for silicon suppliers in 2001. We have strengthened our position at payment cards, which Dataquest named the key growth area for smart cards over the next few years, and in new identification card projects, said Eul.
During the calendar year, Infineons chip card group began shipments for the largest card-based identification project in the United States, the Department of Defense Common Access Card. To address another fast growing market, the company also announced in 2001 its cooperation with Sony to develop dual interface (contact and contactless) microcontrollers supporting Sonys FeLica system, which complements Infineons leading technology for high-end multifunction smart card controllers.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smart cards, 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.
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