Infineon and Delphi Partner to Develop a New AUTOSAR-Based Platform for Central Body Modules

Wed Jan 9, 2008 12:16pm EST

* Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release.

 Infineon Technologies (FRANKFURT: IFX) (NYSE: IFX) today announced a
strategic technology collaboration with the automotive system manufacturer
Delphi Corporation. Infineon and Delphi have agreed to collaborate closely on
developing a new generation of body control units based on the standard
AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture).

    Delphi is to contribute comprehensive systems and software know-how and
long-standing experience in the area of body electronics, while Infineon will
provide expertise in automotive microcontrollers to the co-development project.
focus is on classic automotive sector requirements, such as optimized
functionality and costs and reliability, as well as on flexibility,
compatibility and real-time performance. Delphi and Infineon see their
collaboration as a significant milestone in efforts to incorporate AUTOSAR
into automotive electronics, and both companies want to acquire valuable
knowledge that will enable further optimization of control unit hardware and
software components for body electronics.

    The co-development project bases on Infineon's XC2200 family of
microcontrollers. "Our XC2200 microcontroller family offering 32-bit performance
is designed specifically to meet the needs of body applications," said Jochen
Hanebeck, senior vice president and general manager of the Microcontrollers
business unit at Infineon. "We will also be supplying the low-level AUTOSAR
software drivers for the MCAL layer. This will allow Delphi to take full
advantage of an AUTOSAR-based development process at the control unit level."

    The XC2200 microcontrollers enable system makers to cover almost the
entirebody applications segment with just one hardware and software
architecture,because the controllers are scalable and compatible from the
low-end all the
way up to the high-end range. "Besides classic scalability by functionality,
memory and peripherals, the XC2200 family is the first to also offer
scalability across different package variants. This means that system makers
can align their ECU platforms exactly with a comprehensive range of
requirements," said

    Delphi will support the partnership by contributing basic software (BSW)
modules for the AUTOSAR core. Building on its many years of experience, Delphi
developed a number of BSW modules, including communication management (CAN, LIN
memory management, and IO hardware abstraction for the AUTOSAR core. Delphi
the quality of the software modules it develops by using proven and
efficient processes defined in Automotive SPICE standards. One crucial
for the efficient configuration and integration of AUTOSAR-compatible control
units is
the availability of an integrated tool chain. As part of its AUTOSAR
initiatives, Delphi has designed a strategy for the automated, tool-assisted
configuration and integration of AUTOSAR-compatible control units.

    Delphi and Infineon share the view that mastering the increasing
complexityof electronics in automobiles is becoming more and more important.
They also
agree that AUTOSAR, an organization set up to promote the standardization of
software in automobiles, represents a solid, global partnership and platform but
would benefit from specific collaborative initiatives. "All the players in the
chain -- from automakers to system suppliers to integrators to component
vendors -- have to closely work together to develop robust, error-free or
fault-tolerant and, above all, innovative solutions for the system as a whole.
This means getting involved early on in new development initiatives and
redefining how systems are structured in order to create affordable solutions,"
said Hanebeck.

    More information

    Information on AUTOSAR:

    Information on Infineon's automotive electronics portfolio:

    Information on Infineon's XC2200 microcontrollers:

    About Infineon

    Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and
solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy
efficiency, communications, and security. In the 2007 fiscal year (ending
September), the company reported sales of Euro 7.7 billion (including Qimonda
sales of Euro 3.6 billion) with approximately 43,000 employees worldwide
(including approximately 13,500 Qimonda employees). With a global presence,
operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the
Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is
listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange
(ticker symbol: IFX).

    Further information is available at

    This news release is available online at


Media Relations Technology:

Worldwide Headquarters
Monika Sonntag
+49 89 234 24497

Agnes Toan
+1 408 503 2587

Chi Kang David Ong
+65 6876 3070

Hirotaka Shiroguchi
+81 3 5745 7340

Investor Relations
+49 89 234 26655

Copyright 2008, Market Wire, All rights reserved.