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data to the cloud. I think it’s a choice thing,” she said. “The end customer and the use case shapes the solution, whether it’s edge or cloud. There’s power in both those parts, depending on the use case, and Intel embraces fog computing.” The gateway approach is most important in brownfield applications. “Building automation gateways and sensors gives us a quicker return,” she said. “Take for example a vending machine. These typically have four microcontrollers in them and companies refresh a fifth of equipment each year as they are expensive. If you don’t want to take the whole system out how do you get the reward from the predictive maintenance or the supply chain with transaction data? If you can add a gateway and very simply connect that to the microcontrollers with a very simple deployment you gain huge benefits without upgrading.” But she points out that Intel is also moving down into the sensor technologies with the recent acquisition of wearable technology company Basis and also up into the service API interfaces. “We are happy to create sensor technologies and Intel is moving from being a leading edge chip company to having building blocks in the software and services – from chip to cloud,” she said. “We have bought some services companies into the Intel family such as Mashery and Aepona which provide API management as a service and that enables people’s data, access control and security and allow them to be monetized by seeing who is using the data for data as a service, we provide that as a platform service.” Part of this is driven by the recent recession. “I think the credit crisis forced value into and waste out of the value chain so companies have had to move. There’s not as much room in the value chain for multiple margins so companies like Eurotech have bought companies that provide cloud services and API management and provide fewer pain points for the customer and Intel is doing the same thing.” All this is brought together with the first ‘lighthouse’ project in the Swindon Ignition Lab, working with Accenture and other partners to develop an IoT system for a sports stadium, looking at the use cases from booking travel all the way through to highlighting which concession stands have shorter queues and yes, which toilets are available. Infineon to create 200 new jobs in Austria By Paul Buckley Infineon Technologies AG is planning to expand the company’s Villach site in Austria by investing €290 million to create approximately 200 new jobs primarily in R&D during the period from 2014 to 2017. The investment will focus on the expansion of expertise for the manufacturing of the future as well as research and development. The company’s ‘Pilot Space Industry 4.0’ initiative aims to realize and test an innovative concept for networked and knowledge-intensive production. Peter Schiefer, President of Operations at Infineon Technologies and responsible for the worldwide production sites, said: “The continuing development of Villach is a part of our group-wide manufacturing strategy. At the site, important developments will be advanced and productionready innovative technologies will be transferred by Infineon to other sites. At the same time our strategy will include expansion of our volume manufacturing on 300mm thin wafers in Dresden and on 200mm wafers in Kulim, Malaysia”. With the expansion concept Villach is reinforcing its important role as a factory of innovation and a competence center for power electronics within the corporate group. We’re making an important contribution to the success of the company by coupling the innovation factory in Villach with volume production in Dresden using the example of 300mm thin wafer production for power semiconductors, explained Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Technologies Austria AG. Infineon will construct a leading-edge building complex for research, production and measurement technology workstations. Logistics, miscellaneous infrastructures and the plant equipment will also be expanded to meet future demand. The investment aims to enable Infineon to mobilize the productivity and automation called for in international competition, while at the same time increasing flexibility. Infineon has been actively engaged in the Industry 4.0 initiative from the beginning; its pilot space in Villach is another step towards realizing this vision. Industry 4.0 embodies a paradigm shift in value creation and brings opportunities to European industry. The pilot operation in Villach will feature production based on a cyber-physical system with highly modern production control and automation systems. Under the prerequisite of the highest possible data security and data integrity levels, the interaction of man and machine will attain a new dimension in the pilot facility. At the same time, Infineon will continue to pursue its goal of increased energy efficiency in production. A wide-scale research program with innovations in materials, processes, technologies and system expertise is the second pillar of the Villach site expansion, supporting development of the next generation of energy-efficient products. Here the program focuses on the integration of innovative substrates such as gallium nitride and silicon carbide, on MEMS (Micro-Electro- Mechanical Systems) and sensor technologies as well as on the continuing development of 300mm thin wafer technology. www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2014 7


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