Infineon Takes on 145 Software Engineers for Mobile Platforms from Siemens - Expansion of Solutions Business Gathers Momentum

Oct 8, 2003 | Business & Financial Press

Munich, Germany – October 8, 2003 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) will take on 145 software developers from Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens mobile) and thereby significantly strengthen its solutions expertise in the mobile communications sector. This move has now been agreed by Infineon and Siemens mobile. The highly specialized engineers will mainly contribute know-how in hardware-level software for mobile phone platforms and mobile phone operating systems. Infineon, currently the fourth-largest provider of semiconductors for mobile platform applications, will integrate the new employees into its 100 percent subsidiary Comneon GmbH & Co. OHG, which operates as an independent software development center within its Secure Mobile Solutions group. The new intake will reinforce the existing development team that is already working for Siemens and other customers.

Subject to approval by the German anti-trust authority, Infineon is with this step dramatically boosting its expertise in the mobile communications sector. Currently the company has some 200 employees working on the development of software for next-generation mobile phones as well as on the integration of advanced mobile operating systems. The developers newly acquired from Siemens mobile are specialized in hardware-level software solutions for of mobile phone components (called “protocol stacks”) for current and future Siemens mobile phones for GSM, GPRS and EDGE.

“We look forward to welcoming the 145 software developers from Siemens, who will add important expertise to complement our existing know-how in the mobile sector,” said Dr. Erk Thorsten Heyen, CEO of the Secure Mobile Solutions Group (SMS) at Infineon. “This takes us another huge step forward in our ambition to progress from a pure semiconductor manufacturer into a system partner for complete mobile platform solutions.”

Ian Moyes, head of the Mobile Phones division at Siemens mobile. “By bringing together the development strands dealing specifically with hardware-level issues such as protocol stacks we will be able to deploy resources more flexibly and more effectively. This will enable us to shorten development cycles for mobile phones still further.”

About Comneon

Founded in 1990, Comneon GmbH & Co. OHG, Nürnberg/Germany, is a 100 percent subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG. The company is developing software for next-generation mobile phones including the integration of operating systems for mobile platforms. (Symbian OS). At locations in Nürnberg/Germany, Munich/Germany and Linz/Austria, Comneon employs approximately 200 software engineers.

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 the fiscal year 2002 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 5.21 billion with about 30,400 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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