LONDON Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has opened a development center for universal mobile telecommunication system (UMTS) radio circuits in Linz, Austria.
Infineon owns 50.3 percent of the center, called Danube Integrated Circuit Engineering GmbH (DICE), with the remainder held by DICE technical managers from the University of Linz.
"The new development center underlies our commitment to research and development of the mobile communications market with the objective of offering complete solutions for third-generation mobile radio applications," said Guenter Weinberger, senior vice president and general manager of the wireless products division of Infineon. "We have been working closely with the University of Linz since 1998 and this collaboration has enabled us to develop the first prototype chips using the UMTS standard for the next generation of mobile phones."
Infineon and the University of Linz have developed a superheterodyne receiver that integrates more than 4,000 components, and a super-heterodyne transceiver for the Japanese wideband-CDMA market.
DICE currently employs 30 development and test engineers, and that number is expected to rise to 70 over the next few years. Third-generation mobile services are expected to be launched in Japan in April 2001, with Europe scheduled to follow in 2002.