Infineon to acquire International Rectifier

Infineon CEO Ploss: The International Rectifier acquisition "will unleash great potential.‚ÄĚ (Photo: Infineon)

Infineon has signed an agreement to buy International Rectifier Corp in a bid to further strenghthen its position in the global semiconductor and power management market. The German chip maker will pay 40 dlrs a share or a total of 3 billion dlrs for the California-based power semiconductor specialist. International Rectifier is a specialist maker […]

Study: VW could be world’s biggest carmaker in 2014

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A new study predicts that Volkswagen Group, which wants to be the world’s biggest automaker in terms of unit sales by 2018, could achieve that goal this year already. Europe’s largest automaker has “a good chance” to reach the target in 2014 after selling more cars than Toyota in the first half of the year, […]

Continental hires Google exec for new Silicon Valley unit

Former Google executive Oz will head Continental's new Silicon Valley unit(Photo: Continental

Continental is setting up a beachhead in Silicon Valley, in a move to make sure it is part of a growing automotive and IT community in California mapping out the future of personal transportation. The Hanover-based automotive supplier said it is putting together an international team of specialists who will focus on intelligent transportation systems […]

Newspaper: Russia mulls car import restrictions

Expanded sanctions may depend on new western moves, Moscow officials say (Photo: Azov/Wikimedia)

Russia may impose import restrictions on foreign-made cars if European and US sanctions are expanded further, according to a local newspaper. The newspaper, Vedomosti, said it had been told by two government officials that Moscow could resort to such action should western countries impose tougher sanctions on Russia. The EU and the US last month […]

Handelsblatt Automotive Summit – Munich

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The Handelsblatt Automotive Summit, which features presentations by several German automaker CEOs, will be held in Munich October 30 and 31. Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will be among the speakers, as will Opel CEO Thomas Neumann, Volvo Cars chief¬†Hakan Samuelsson and Continental boss¬†Elmar Degenhart. The annual conference, which is […]

Cisco: cyber-security threats require high-level attention

Cisco's mid-year report looks at the state of cyber security in the 1st half of 2014 (Photo: Cisco)

As companies look to defend themselves against high-profile digital threats, cyber criminals are exploiting other, less obvious weaknesses in companies’ IT landscape, according to a new report published by Cisco. A focus on well-publicized, high-profile vulnerabilities rather than on “high-impact, common and stealthy threats” increases the risk that cyber criminals will be successful using these […]

carIT Congress – Hanover

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The annual carIT Congress, organized by the automotiveIT Group, will take place September 30 at the Hanover fairgrounds during the IAA truck fair. The event, which has as its theme “Connected Car; the Future of Mobility,” will bring together around 500 decision makers from the automotive and IT industries. Speakers include Audi r&d chief Ulrich […]

Google on top in autonomous-driving debate

Google's autonomous prototype has been one of the most talked-about car concepts (Photo: Google)

Google is the most influential¬†player in the public discussion about autonomous driving, according to a recent market survey. The survey, which was conducted by US market researchers Appinions, ranked Google number one, followed by chipmaker Intel, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz. Rankings 5 to 8 were taken up by Audi, Nissan, BMW and Volvo. Appinions said […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

Kia says the Soul is one of the first models to feature Android Auto (Photo: Kia)

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]

CIO change at BMW: Straub said to succeed Probst

BMW CIO Probst is retiring, sources say (Photo: Claus Dick)

Klaus Straub is expected to succeed ¬†Karl-Erich Probst as CIO of BMW Group at the end of August, industry sources say. Probst took over as head of BMW’s central IT department in 2006. He is leaving the company of his own accord, the sources say. Klaus Straub Straub used to be CIO of Volkswagen Group’s […]