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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Samsung, Philips, Infineon Technologies and other tech firms for fixing the prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards, familiar folks whispered to Reuters. The European Commission kicked off a probe of the chips used in telly smart cards, passports, mobiles and ATM cards all the way back in …

Intel eyes up Infineon for purchase

It seems that Intel is looking to acquire the wireless arm of chip maker Infineon, with a view to getting its processors wirelessly enabled and taking on ARM in the mobile phone space. Rumours about a deal between the companies have been circulating for a while, along with suggestions that Infineon would make a nice buy for …
Bill Ray, 03 Aug 2010
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Brussels accuses chip makers of collusion

A five-year investigation in Europe into collusion into the smart card market is heating up, with the European Commission issuing a 90-page “statement of objections” to big-name vendors including Philips and Infineon. The European Commission complaint centres around the silicon used for SIMs, chipped passports, bank cards and …
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Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

Chipmaker Broadcom is moving out of the mobile modem business. The company has announced that if it can’t sell its cellular modem division, the operation will be shuttered. The news has been greeted with glee by financial types, who point to the $600m the company expects to save as a result of the move. The Broadcom share price …
Simon Rockman, 03 Jun 2014
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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

Remember getting hosed on those 128MB DIMM RAM sticks back in Y2K? Well, it's time to exact your revenge: with a $10 payout. A group of US Attorneys General have agreed to a $310m settlement package with memory chip makers, which is to be distributed among the public, following allegations of price gouging by vendors between the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Mar 2014

Infineon boss heads for door

The chief executive of Infineon, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, has resigned from the company because of an inability to agree strategy with the company's board of directors. Infineon's chairman Max Dietrich Kley thanked Ziebart for his work. Kley said: "We would like to thank Mr. Ziebart for his efforts and merits. He took over the …
John Oates, 27 May 2008
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LSI buys Infineon's disk biz

LSI is pushing Germany's Infineon Technologies out of its market by acquiring the company's hard drive business for an undisclosed sum. Under the agreement, Infineon will transfer its complete HDD activities to LSI, including equipment, software, customer relations and intellectual property. Today's announced purchase plays …
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2008
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Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

Plans for an “Airbus of chips” – aimed at doubling the number of processors made across Europe by 2020 – will be unveiled next month. A group of 11 tech sector chiefs commissioned by the EU will publish a detailed roadmap designed to expand the block’s manufacturing between 2020 and 2025. The goal is for European technology …
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2014
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Intel to pay $1.4bn for Infineon WLS

Intel has embarked on a major shopping spree to counter the pressures on its traditional businesses, which prompted it to issue a results warning at the end of last week. That was swiftly followed by the announcement that it would acquire Infineon‘s wireless arm, as widely expected, for $1.4bn, hard on the heels of the purchase …
Wireless Watch, 05 Sep 2010
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Infineon memory boss quits

The boss of Infineon's memory business has quit the company and the board while police investigate corruption charges. Andreas von Zitzewitz offered his resignation on Saturday following police raids on Infineon's offices on Friday. Von Zitzewitz faces possible charges relating to "payments made for contracts regarding …
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Infineon unleashes 4G chip

German chipmaker Infineon Technologies is sampling a new multi-standard transceiver chip sure to heat up the ongoing 4G contest between LTE and WiMAX. Thanks to a push from companies like Intel, Sprint, Clearwire, Google, and others, the WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) standard has already hit the …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jan 2009
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Infineon board favours DRAM unit IPO - report

Another day, another way for Infineon to rid itself of its loss-making DRAM division. After yesterday's claim that the German company is to sell the unit to Micron and Nanya, today we hear the firm would prefer to float the business. According to the Financial Times, Infineon's supervisory board is preparing to vote in favour …
Tony Smith, 16 Nov 2005
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Infineon Q3 loss doubles

Germany's Infineon yesterday blamed poor memory prices as it sank even further into the red. Sales for the three months to 30 June 2005 - Infineon's third quarter of fiscal 2005 - came to €1.61bn ($1.95bn), the same as Q2 FY2005 but 15.8 per cent lower than Q3 FY2004. Sales at all three of the company's business units - memory …
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005
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Infineon makes a loss

Lower prices and weak demand have pushed memory chip maker Infineon to a loss in the second quarter. Revenues for the second quarter ended 31 March 2005 was €1.61bn - down 12 per cent on the quarter before or four per cent on the same period a year ago. The firm made a net loss of €114m in the second quarter against a profit of …
John Oates, 26 Apr 2005
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Infineon and ProMOS kiss and make up

Infineon and ProMOS have finally ended a long running argument over licensing for DRAM chips. The two were part of a joint venture with Mosel Vitelic which ran from 1996. ProMOS licensed Infineon technology, made the chips and sold them to Infineon which sold them onto Mosel Vitelic. In January 2003 Infineon ended the deal …
John Oates, 10 Nov 2004
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Infineon turns to Chinese fab

Infineon has turned to China's SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.) to help boost production for its DRAM chips. Under the terms of the deal, Infineon will assist SMIC with the construction of a 300mm wafer fab. In exchange, SMIC has agreed to make products based on the technology exclusively for Infineon. …
Ashlee Vance, 28 Mar 2003
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Infineon CEO plays down memory biz IPO plan

Infineon may be backing away from a plan to IPO its soon-to-be-spun-off memory products division during the second half of 2006. In an interview with German newspaper Suddeutschen Zeitung, Infineon's CEO, Wolfgang Ziebart, said that while an IPO remains the preferred outcome for the memory business' future, Infineon is not …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2005
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Infineon DRAM biz to spin off as Qimonda

Infineon's memory division will become a separate entity - named Qimonda - on 1 May, the company said today. Based in Munich, Qimonda will remain an Infineon subsidiary until it's IPO'd - though the parent company gave no indication when that may happen. Infineon CEO Wolfgang Ziebert described the move as a "strategic …
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2006
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Infineon shuffles management team

Infineon today said it had appointed a new chief of the company's memory business following the resignation last week of the unit's previous head, Andreas von Zitzewitz. His replacement is Kin Wah Loh who, until today, was in charge of Infineon's communications product division. Loh's old post will be filled by Hermann Eul, the …
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2005
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Infineon and Rambus kiss and make up

Infineon and Rambus have decided to stop all ongoing legal action and sort out a licensing agreement. The two have been in court alleging patent infringments and worse since the late twentieth century. Earlier this month Rambus had its claim for patent infringements against Infineon thrown out of court. Rambus was accused of …
John Oates, 21 Mar 2005
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Rambus Infineon claim chucked out of court

Rambus shares fell ten per cent last night on news that a judge has thrown out its claim for patent infringement against Infineon Technologies. The case concerns Rambus patents for SDRAM and DDR DRAM memory chips and dates back to August 2000. Judge Robert E Payne dismissed Rambus's patent infringement claims, a decision …
John Oates, 02 Mar 2005
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Infineon accuses Rambus of 'litigation misconduct'

Infineon has asked the US court to dismiss patent infringement allegations made against it by Rambus, alleging its opponent engaged in a "chronic and wilful pattern of litigation misconduct". Infineon request for dismissal was filed last week with the US District Court for Virginia, Judge Robert E Payne presiding. The memory …
Tony Smith, 23 Dec 2004
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Infineon beats up Mosel-Vitelic

Infineon is cancelling its shareholder's agreement ProMOS DRAM foundry JV, citing "repeated material breach of contract" by Mosel-Vitelic, its Taiwanese partner. So what is this alleged material breach? Infineon ain't telling, but it says it gave prior warning to Mosel-Vitelic. (This EE Times piece offers some theories over the …
Drew Cullen, 04 Oct 2002
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EC green lights Infineon state aid

The European Commission has allowed the Portuguese government to provide Infineon with a €71.96m ($88.71m) grant to fund the foundation of a memory chip fab. The grant amounts to 32 per cent of the cost of a project to expand production at its Vila do Conde (Grande Porto) facility. EC investigators had to examine the deal …
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2004
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Mosaid sues Infineon - again

Ottawa, Canada-based chip technology developer Mosaid has sued Infineon, claiming the German memory maker has infringed three of its patents. The intellectual property in question are US patents 6,657,919 and 6,057,676, and US Reissued Patent RE37,641, all covering DRAM chips and relating to delay locked loop, cell plate …
Tony Smith, 07 Apr 2005
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Infineon to 'sell DRAM biz' to Nanya, Micron

Infineon is to quit the DRAM market. The German chip maker will split up its DRAM unit and sell the bits to Micron and Nanya. So claims US investment bank Needham & Co., by way of a Reuters report. According to the story, Nanya will get Infineon's non-US assets, while Micron will pick up the North American plant. Terms of the …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2005
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Infineon wins $2.5bn Kingston gig

Kingston Technology has selected Infineon to be its prime supplier of memory components. The two firms estimate the deal is worth $2.5bn over five years. At the same time, Kingston, probably the world's biggest memory module brand name, will provide contract manufacturing services to Infineon. This is a huge headline price, and …
Drew Cullen, 17 Dec 2002
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Infineon posts DDR 3 prototype to Intel

Infineon has become the latest memory maker to produce a working DDR 3 device, even though the SDRAM specification has yet to be finalised. The German company said yesterday it had shipped chips to "leading PC industry developers", by which it apparently means Intel. Still it's early days yet. DDR 3 is not expected to be used …
Tony Smith, 14 Jun 2005
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Infineon raises $1.3bn

Infineon has raised 1.5 billion euros ($1.31 billion) by selling 60 million new shares. Infineon expects to report a pre-tax loss as high as E600 million ($512 million) for its Q3 ending 30 June. Chip price crashes, excess inventories, and slow mobile-phone sales have caused its sales to fall by 30 per cent in the quarter. ® …
Robert Blincoe, 19 Jul 2001
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Infineon chips in with Xbox 360 security part

Infineon will provide memory chips and a wireless controller for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, the two companies both said yesterday, but it's the "advanced security chip" it will also produce that will cause more controversy. Infineon said the security chip was "a custom implementation of Infineon’s proven authentication …
Tony Smith, 30 Aug 2005
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Infineon turns screws on ProMOS

Infineon is terminating its technology license agreement with ProMOS, the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry, following court approval in Taiwan. At the same time, the Hsinchu District Court has ordered the immediate re-instatement of two Infineon employees who were, says Infineon, "illegally removed at the Extraordinary …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003
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Infineon sales slip - and will fall further

Memory maker Infineon saw earnings rocket during the first quarter of FY2005 despite modest sales gains. Revenue for the three months to 31 December 2004 totalled €1.82bn ($2.4bn), down on the previous quarter's $2.6bn but higher than the year-ago quarter's $2.1bn. Infineon blamed the sequential decline, which affected all of …
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2005
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Infineon hires CEO from tyre maker

Infineon has confirmed that it has chosen one Wolfgang Ziebart to run the company in place of ex-CEO Ulrich Schumacher, who quit the memory maker abruptly last March. Ziebart is currently deputy chairman at tyre maker Continental, but he does have some connections with the chip business courtesy of his work with the company's …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2004
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Infineon pleads guilty to memory price-fixing

Infineon has agreed to pay a $160m fine to the US government for fixing the price of computer memory from 1999 to 2002, one of the biggest ever penalties imposed by the DoJ's Antitrust division. The German firm today announced that it has pled guilty to one count of price-fixing - a violation of US antitrust laws. It plans to …
Ashlee Vance, 15 Sep 2004
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Infineon shortlists two CEO candidates

Infineon has narrowed its CEO shortlist to just two names, the memory maker's interim chief revealed after announcing the company's Q2 results. Acting CEO Max Dietrich Kley said the board's decision as to which of the two will succeed Ulrich Schumacher who abruptly quit the company last month, could come as early as July or as …
Tony Smith, 22 Apr 2004
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Infineon buys into Ramtron

German chipmonger Infineon has taken a $30 million, 20 per cent stake in Ramtron, comprising $10 million in cash and $20 million in shares. The two companies have also signed a cross-licensing agreement to give Infineon access to Ramtron's ferroelectric RAM (FRAM) memory technology, while granting Ramtron use of Infineon FRAM …
Andrew Thomas, 15 Dec 2000
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Infineon preps €120m R&D fab expansion plan

Infineon said today it plans to expand its Dresden Memory Development Centre (MDC), creating 120 new jobs. The MDC focuses on DRAM and Flash fabrication process R&D. The expansion programme will involve the construction of an additional facility at the site, adding 2300m² of cleanroom dedicated to work on 300mm wafers. The new …
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2004
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Infineon wants to leave Germany

Infineon Technologies will cut 900 jobs in the next few months, as the company mulls a possible exit from Germany. Europe's second biggest chipmaker today announced the layoffs and kicked off a larger scale cost-cutting program designed to save the company $551 million. This move comes as Infineon looks to move its headquarters …
Ashlee Vance, 29 Apr 2003
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Infineon cranks up integrated circuit to 110GHz

Infineon has taken what it claims is the world record for the highest clocked integrated circuit with a chip that operates at 110GHz - more than 34 times faster than the top-clocked Pentium 4. The record was broken in the company's labs in Munich. Infineon got the chip running between ten and 30 per cent faster than rival …
Tony Smith, 03 Jul 2003
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Schumacher quits Infineon

Infineon CEO Ulrich Schumacher has quit the company. No reason has been given for the abrupt departure. Fast it certainly was. Schumacher resigned yesterday with immediate effect during a board meeting. The board accepted his resignation straight away. Board chairman Max Dietrich Kley will replace Schumacher for a year or …
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2004
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EC approves Infineon state aid package

The European Commission is expected to allow the Portuguese government to grant chip maker Infineon €41m ($50.3m) in order to expand a local DRAM plant. However, the EC's ruling will mark a step back from the original plan to provide €76.8m ($94.3m). The EC launched an investigation of the Portuguese government's planned state …
Tony Smith, 16 Mar 2004
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Infineon to pay €100m for ADSL chip maker

Infineon today announced a plan to buy Taiwanese fabless comms chip maker ADMtek for up to €100 million - €80 million now and a further €20 million if the acquisition meets two-year performance targets set by its buyer. ADMtek focuses on Ethernet chipsets, but Infineon is more interested in its WLAN and home broadband gateway …
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2004
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SanDisk to sue Infineon over patent infringement allegations

SanDisk has launched legal action against Infineon after the German chipmaker alleged its Flash memory technology infringes an Infineon patent. The complaint, filed with the US District Court for Northern California, asks the court to rule that SanDisk hasn't infringed the patent, number 5,726,601, and that the patent is also …
Tony Smith, 26 Jun 2003
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UMC to pay up to $130m for Infineon fab JV share

UMC will pay Infineon $100-130 million to buy the memory maker's 30 per cent stake in their Singapore-based 300m wafer fab joint venture. So says an unnamed UMC source, cited by Dow Jones. The payment follows Infineon's decision, announced last week, to quit the JV. At the same time, the company said it would be working with …
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2003
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Hyundai legal spoils Infineon IPO party

Just a few days before Siemens subsidiary Infineon floats off to collect billions on the stock market, it has received a letter from m'learned friends representing Hyundai alleging patent infringement. Hyundai yesterday filed an action against Infineon US, Siemens Microelectronics, Siemens AG and Siemens Corporation, alleging …
Mike Magee, 10 Mar 2000
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5-4-3-2-1. Way to Go, Infineon!

Infineon, the European semiconductor giant, today issued a new statement of strategic goals, under the banner Agenda 5-to-1. The marketing bunnies have been working overtime, as the opening paragraph demonstrates (the bolded words are Infineon's own). "Today, Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) presented its "Agenda 5-to-1" …
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2002
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Infineon confirms memory biz spin-off

Infineon's supervisory board yesterday voted to split the company in two and create a separate, independent company out of its troubled memory products division. This will see the DRAM operation become a legally independent entity on 1 July 2006. It will not go public immediately, Infineon said, although an IPO remains the …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2005
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Infineon's having a 60m new shares fund raiser

Infineon is raising cash by selling up to 60 million new shares, which Bloomberg reckons will be worth E1.7 billion ($1.4 billion). The shares will be priced on 12 July and start trading on 13 July. Infineon expects to report a pre-tax loss as high as E600 million ($512 million) for its Q3 ending 30 June. Chip price crashes, …
Robert Blincoe, 02 Jul 2001
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Infineon snaps up Ardent

Chip giant Infineon Technologies is to buy California circuit company Ardent Technologies in a $42 million share deal. The Munich-based semiconductor maker said today the acquisition of Ardent, which specialises in high-bandwidth integrated circuits for LAN switching systems, would give it a leg up in the communications chips …
Linda Harrison, 14 Oct 2000
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Infineon touts 1GB DDR part

Infineon today announced the release of engineering samples of 1GB DDR SDRAM modules. The company also says it has demonstrated working 2GB DIMMS last month at the Intel Developer's Forum. And it's giving another showing to the 2GB beast, running on Intel's Plumas/Prestonia platform, at JEDEX this week in Santa Clara. The new …
Drew Cullen, 25 Mar 2002