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Infineon is launching a new development center for automotive electronics and artificial intelligence, adding to its existing facilities in Dresden, Germany. It will open during 2018, with around 100 people recruited in its first phase and a team of around 250 to be built in the medium term.

The new center will develop products and solutions for automotive and power electronics, as well as artificial intelligence; and in addition to chip design, it will model complex systems and develop technologies for system integration. This will supplement the work already carried out in Dresden, where 2,200 employees are developing microcontrollers, sensors and power semiconductors, manufacturing chips, and developing wafer technologies and manufacturing processes.

“Microelectronics is responsible for around 90pc of all innovations in the car,” said Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG in a statement. “Semiconductors are a prerequisite for electromobility and autonomous driving, trends that are major growth drivers for Infineon. Algorithms, artificial intelligence and the internet of things play a key part in the increasing networking of traffic systems. The new development center will also address those issues intensively.”

Ploss adds: “We will create synergies as a result of the direct links with our development and production location in Dresden. That will help us develop products faster and put them on the market sooner.”

-Farah Alkhalisi