Having established its new Romanian subsidiary in April this year, Infineon has moved quickly to construct the Bucharest Research Centre. This centre specialises in the development of power semiconductors with analogical and digital functions (power-mixed-signal) for applications in various industries, particularly automotive. Thus, the company is endeavouring to meet the increasing demand for performing semiconductors in these industries. The research centre, a subsidiary of Infineon Technologies Austria AG, strengthens the Alliance of Research Centres in Automotive and Industrial Electronics, which currently has offices in Villach and Graz (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Padua (Italy).

Since its establishment in the spring of 2005, Infineon has managed to attract around 30 engineers. Most of them follow training courses in the research centres from Villach and Munich in order to acquire specific knowledge related to the development of semiconductors. Through ‘intercultural training’ specifically created by the company, the Romanian engineers will be trained over the next six to twelve months with regard to both their technical tasks and the company’s culture.

On an area of about 2,200 m2, Infineon is building offices, research laboratories and measurement technique laboratories. The company is also focusing on establishing close connections with the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, with the first steps towards the development of common master programmes having already been taken. The goal of such programmes is to complete the university curricula with subject matter that will see a high demand for research and development activities in the area of semiconductors in the near to medium future.