MUNICH ( ChipWire) Infineon Technologies AG here has opened adevelopment center for universal mobile telecommunication system (UMTS) radio
circuits in Linz, Austria.
Infineon owns 50.3% 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