SOURCE: Infineon Technologies North America Corp.

October 18, 2007 11:00 ET

Infineon Enters Motorcycle Engine Control Applications; Introduces New MCU Family

NEUBIBERG, GERMANY--(Marketwire - October 18, 2007) - Infineon Technologies AG (FRANKFURT: IFX) (NYSE: IFX) is launching a new family of microcontrollers targeting the growing worldwide market for motorcycle engine control.

The XC2700 family of microcontrollers with 32-bit performance will allow system makers to build cost-effective electronic engine control in motorcycles around the world to meet upcoming emission standards. China and India, the world's largest motorcycle markets, are also developing tougher emission control standards for vehicles in the upcoming years, driving the need for cost-effective electronic engine management systems. Indian companies expect to manufacture 15 million two wheelers a year by 2010, up from 6.7 million in 2005, while China expects to make 21 million two wheelers a year in 2010, up from about 17 million in 2005. Despite enhanced requirements regarding reduction of fuel consumption and emission, motorcycles in these regions must meet consumer price demands of less than $500 USD.

The XC2700 family is based on the industry-leading C166SV2 high performance microcontroller core, providing single cycle execution from a 66 MHz five-stage pipeline at up to 80 MHz. It also integrates key peripherals such as memory, voltage regulator and interfaces to reduce the overall system cost and make the family a cost-effective solution. This also means that software developed for existing C166SV2 controllers can be easily reused with this new family.

"Electronic engine management for motorcycles require a cost-effective, high performance solution," said Jochen Hanebeck, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Microcontrollers business unit at Infineon Technologies. "The new XC2700 family helps reduce the system cost of the engine management system while providing the performance that is needed to meet the legislation on emissions around the world."

The XC2700 product portfolio will include ten products. Today, Infineon is introducing the first XC2700 family members, the XC2766X and XC2786X. The microcontroller integrates an analog-to-digital converter with 16 to 24 channels for linking directly to sensors for a low-cost implementation and two CAN interfaces. It also includes a Universal Serial Interface to link to external peripherals via a UART, LIN or I2C interface. Integrating up to 768 Kbytes of 130 nm embedded flash, 64 Kbytes of data flash and 51 Kbytes of system RAM also simplifies the design of the electronic engine management system and keeps costs under control.

With 64 to 176 pins, the XC2700 family provides a scalable package range from lower cost versions to higher performance devices. Designers can easily move the performance curve to provide engine control systems for motorcycles and entry-level cars, as well as other applications such as marine engines. The integration and high performance of the family allows electronic engine control to be implemented in low-cost vehicles, bringing more efficiency and significantly improved emissions performance to a growing market.

AUTOSAR drivers for XC2700 are verified by the AUTOSAR validator project. The driver portfolio comprises components of the Microcontroller Abstraction Layer (MCAL), CAN transceiver and Flash EEPROM Emulation (FEE) within one configuration tool for quickly starting up an application development. This is the basis for the complete AUTOSAR Basic Software (BSW) supported via software partners.

Availability and Pricing

Samples of the XC2766X and XC2786X in the XC2700 family are available for dedicated automotive customers.

Sample pricing varies according to product specification. For instance, the XC2766X with 66 MHz frequency, 768 kBytes of flash memory, 16 channels, LQFP-100 package and an automotive temperature range of -40°C to +125°C is priced at approximately Euros 5.49 ($ 7.41 USD) per piece in quantities of 20,000. For the same quantities and key features in a LQFP-144 package, the XC2786X with 24 channels is priced at approximately Euros 6.78 ($ 9.15 USD) per device.

Further information

For further information on the XC2700 family, please see www.infineon.com/XC2700

Further information of Infineon's automotive product portfolio of sensors, power electronics and microcontrollers is available at: www.infineon.com/automotive

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, communications and security. In fiscal year 2006 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.9 billion (including Qimonda sales of Euro 3.8 billion) with approximately 42,000 employees worldwide (including approximately 12,000 Qimonda employees). With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US 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).

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