Infineon Technologies Inc. is boosting its U.S. presence by opening a new R&D center for DRAM next week in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
A spokeswoman said the chip maker wants to tap the semiconductor technology expertise in the United States to supplement its own large research facilities in Germany. The new DRAM research center will be located in North Carolina, because of its close proximity to White Oak Semiconductor Co., Infineon's DRAM fab near Richmond, Va.
Infineon operates the White Oak facility jointly with Motorola Inc., but according to a prospectus filed in conjunction with its recent public stock offering, plans to buy out Motorola's stake in the fab.
Infineon has an established presence in other U.S. locales, namely a mature R&D effort to develop advanced DRAM with IBM Corp. and Toshiba Corp. at IBM's semiconductor research facilities in East Fishkill, N.Y. Last year Infineon, IBM, and UMC Group of Taiwan entered a cooperative R&D pact for 0.13-micron and finer process technology.