Bosch to Use Radar Chip from Infineon
Neubiberg, Germany – December 1, 2008 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced that Robert Bosch GmbH will be employing a chip from Infineon in its next generation of automotive radar systems. Bosch is one of the world’s largest suppliers of components for the automotive industry.
An Infineon chip from the company’s RASIC™ (Radar System IC) product family is being used in Bosch’s new LRR3 radar sensor system (third-generation Long Range Radar). The LRR3 has been developed for Adaptive Cruise Control, ACC, at ranges up to 250 meters, and predictive radar-based safety functions such as predictive brake assist systems, collision warning features and automatic emergency braking. As Infineon produces the radar chip using silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology, it enables smaller and more cost-effective radar systems than were possible with components based on the more expensive gallium-arsenide (GaAs) technology.
“The LRR3 radar system was specially developed for high-volume driver assistance systems, and for the first time makes use of silicon-germanium as the semiconductor material,” commented Dr. Dirk Freundt, LRR3 Project Manager for Bosch. “By employing Infineon’s innovative radar chips and avoiding the use of costly special-purpose semiconductors, it has been possible to significantly enhance the functionality of the Bosch sensor, and considerably reduce system costs. Bosch is also looking to bring the radar sensor and its functions into the midrange and compact class, where it could soon be part of a car’s standard equipment.”
Market researchers at US market research firm Strategy Analytics expect that by 2011, of the three million vehicles with remote warning systems, some 2.3 million will make use of radar systems. By 2014, seven percent of all new cars could be equipped with a remote warning system, predominantly in Europe and Japan.
Volume manufacture of the radar chip at Infineon is set to commence at the end of 2008, with production startup at Bosch planned for early 2009.
The radar chips from the RASIC family were developed and qualified specially for use in cars. Bosch and Infineon have achieved full automotive qualification for the LRR3 radar system too. It meets the exacting quality requirements of the automotive industry.
Infineon is Europe’s number-one supplier of chips for automotive electronics, and according to a study conducted in May 2008 by Strategy Analytics, enjoys a 9.4 percent share of a total market worth around 19.3 billion US dollars.
Technical information about the radar chip RXN7740 from the RASIC product family may be found at www.infineon.com/radar. For Infineon’s product portfolio for automotive electronics, please see www.infineon.com/automotive
Information on Bosch’s LRR3 radar sensor system and press picture may be found at www.bosch-press.com
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, communications, and security. In the 2007 fiscal year (ending September), the company reported sales of Euro 7.7 billion (including Qimonda sales of Euro 3.6 billion) with approximately 43,000 employees worldwide (including approximately 13,500 Qimonda employees). With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX).
The Robert Bosch GmbH selected a radar chip from Infineon's RASIC(tm) (Radar System IC) product family for its next generation of automotive radar sensor systems LRR3. The radar chip enables smaller and more cost-effective radar systems than were possible with components based on the more expensive gallium-arsenide (GaAs) technology.Radarchip_Blockdiagramm
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The Robert Bosch GmbH selected a radar chip from Infineon's RASIC(tm) (Radar System IC) product family for its next generation of automotive radar sensor systems LRR3. The radar chip enables smaller and more cost-effective radar systems than were possible with components based on the more expensive gallium-arsenide (GaAs) technology.Radarchip_ATS5_13
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