High Tech Meets High Speed - Infineon Wins Around the Globe

Nov 18, 2003 | Market News

Munich, Germany – November 18, 2003 – Infineon Technologies is recognized as a leading supplier of automotive electronics, on the open road as well as on the racetrack. This leadership shows in the automotive racings results of the 2003 Season, in which Infineon is a technical partner and sponsor of first-class motor sport teams on three continents. The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Formula 1 Team, with which Infineon has a wide-ranging technical cooperation since April 2003, won this year the Constructors’ Championship for the fifth time in a row and Michael Schumacher his fourth consecutive Drivers' Championship title with Ferrari. In the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the “Infineon Team Farnbacher/PZM” won provisionally the championship, in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia the “Infineon-Novellus” team finished as number one. In North America, the “Infineon Team Joest” won the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the team “Visteon/Patrick Racing” took seventh place in the Champ Car World Series.

Infineon’s competency in automotive electronics is crucial for the company’s involvement in motor sports. Technical co-operations like the ones with the Scuderia Ferrari and the “Infineon Team Farnbacher/PZM” help to enhance the company’s expertise in automotive electronics.

“The results of this season are an impressive confirmation of the contribution we make to the success of the teams we sponsor,” said Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon’s Automotive and Industrial Group. “These long-term partnerships allow us and our teams to benefit from our technological advantage and to set new standards for automotive electronics in the highly complex and dynamic field of motor sports.” Infineon is the world’s second largest and Europe’s largest supplier of semiconductor solutions for automotive electronics.

“To win in the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the race car must be tailored for the course,” said Andreas Pechlaner, responsible for Motor Sport Electronics at Infineon Technologies. Infineon has been the team’s main sponsor and technical partner for three years. During the entire season, Infineon’s engineers helped with the collection and analysis of data like engine speed and temperature as well as longitudinal and lateral acceleration. With these parameters, the team mechanics and drivers were able to fine-tune and optimize the race car’s chassis. After their first championship title in the 2001 season and a second place in 2002, the “Infineon Team Farnbacher/PZM” won provisionally the 2003 championship. The decision will be made by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). Given a positive outcome, the Infineon drivers Frank Stippler and Pierre Kaffer will have finished the Porsche Michelin Supercup 2003 with first and third place in the drivers’ standings.

The “Infineon Team Joest” won the top team ranking in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for the fourth time in a row. The two drivers, Frank Biela and Marco Werner, took the top spot in the driver ratings. In the U.S., Infineon was the 2003 co-sponsor of the “Visteon/Patrick Racing” team, which secured with its driver Oriol Servia a seventh place ranking in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

In 2003, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia was held for the first time. The team “Infineon-Novellus” and its driver Charles Kwan took the first place title in this inaugural season. Charles Kwan won 5 out of 12 races in Asia-Pacific and secured the overall top ranking for himself and his team.

“We are very proud of the excellent results of our race teams, which confirms the success of our partnerships. Our commitment to motor sports allows us to demonstrate Infineon’s competency in automotive electronics under extreme racing conditions and to spread our brand around the world,” added Dr. Reinhard Ploss.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions 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 fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 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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