Infineon joins 5G Automotive Association

April 13, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fast and stable data connectivity is essential for automated driving. The automotive industry therefore is pinning high hopes on the introduction of 5G mobile technology. To foster the development, chipmaker Infineon now has joined the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA).

The 5G association works on the introduction of new communication solutions enabling connected automated driving and on intelligent transport systems. As one a semiconductor company active in automobile electronics, cellular infrastructure and data security, Infineon provides key technologies required for 5G, for the autonomous car, and for electromobility. “Secure communication with practically zero time delay is a critical requirement for the breakthrough of autonomous driving,” said Peter Schiefer, President of Infineon’s Automotive division.

Compared to the currently prevailing 4G infrastructure, 5G is up to 100 times faster and can transmit 1000 times more data in real-time. Enhanced mobile broadband access at multi-gigabit speeds requires advanced semiconductor solutions. Infineon provides RF components that receive, amplify and transmit data, as well as components for antenna tuning and switching. In addition to the broadest portfolio for automotive electronics in the industry, Infineon supplies security chips that help secure the data communication inside a vehicle and with its external world.

International standardization is a critical requirement for the market success of new technologies and their applications, such as the Internet of Things or autonomous driving. Together with major car manufacturers, Infineon is active in all relevant industry associations in order to make the automated and electric car a reality. The chipmaker is a member of the German automotive body VDA and of the industry association for the mobile communications sector GSM Association (GSMA). Infineon also joined the global Charging Interface Initiative e. V. (CharIN), which is dedicated to the development, establishment, and promotion of a world standard for a charging system for all kinds of battery-powered electric vehicles.

The 5GAA has been launched in 2016 with founding members AUDI AG, BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, and Qualcomm.

More information is available at:  www.5gaa.org

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