Infineon ranked number one chip card semiconductor vendor by Frost & Sullivan

Company retains top ranking for the twelfth year in a row


Neubiberg, Germany and Milpitas, Calif. – October 12, 2009 – In its recent market report entitled “World Smart Card IC Markets,” the US market research company Frost & Sullivan confirmed that Infineon Technologies AG was the number one supplier of chip card semiconductors, with sales representing about one fourth of the segment’s global revenue. In 2008, Infineon’s market share was 25.5 percent of the overall chip card IC (integrated circuit) market, totaling about US $2.4 billion according to Frost & Sullivan. This is the twelfth consecutive year Frost & Sullivan researchers have named Infineon as the top supplier to this market.

”The fact that Infineon remained number one in the chip card semiconductor revenues for at least a dozen years proves the company’s understanding of its customers’ rigorous requirements for security and quality and reflects customer trust in Infineon’s security expertise,” said Rufus Connell, Vice President, Smartcards & Retail Systems at Frost & Sullivan market research company. “The key elements that have contributed to Infineon’s success in the smart card IC market have been its high level of commitment to security innovation and its unique technology strategy.”

Infineon’s strong market position is particularly driven by its leadership in the Government Identification (ID) and Payment market segments.

In Government ID applications, roughly every second Government ID document (without the China ID project) issued in 2008 incorporated a security chip of Infineon. Government ID applications include electronic documents, such as passports, national ID, health cards, drivers licenses and social security cards. Today, Infineon’s products are used in the public domain of about one third of the 192 UN member states, which represent a total population of more than three billion people. A key success factor in this sensitive market is the ability to provide long-term security and robust, high-quality products with excellent contactless performance.

As key partner of the secure chip card industry, Infineon also demonstrated its undisputed leadership in the Payment market. The company is the major supplier for many of the world’s largest financial card applications, including credit and debit card programs in France, Germany, the UK and Korea.

“In the forefront of hardware-based security developments Infineon seeks to offer superior security products that help our customers to create new business, also beyond the smart card form factor,” said Dr. Helmut Gassel, President of the Chip Card & Security Division at Infineon Technologies. “Building on almost 25 years of experience in the field of chip card semiconductors, Infineon will continue innovation focusing on tailored security offering the right level of security at best cost-performance ratio, on contactless excellence, and on embedded control.”

Together with energy efficiency and communication, security is one of the three focus areas of Infineon. The company is contributing its quarter-century of security expertise, gained in the development and production of chip card ICs and security ICs, to the effort to increase the security of today's solutions in payment and banking, communications, reliable identification of persons and goods, access protection for data and networks, and digital home entertainment electronics. Infineon offers a complete portfolio of scalable IC products with contact-based and contactless interfaces provided in various packages.

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