Infineon joins GSMA: security and broadband expertise for mobile industry

Infineon Technologies AG has joined the GSMA, the association of the mobile industry to actively shape mobile communications of tomorrow. The GSMA unites nearly 800 mobile network operators worldwide with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. As an associate member, Infineon will contribute its expertise in security and data transmission technologies to develop mobile standards used by billions of consumers globally.

The advanced Infineon semiconductor solutions are the key to a smart, secure and energy efficient cellular infrastructure connecting consumers, homes, vehicles and factories to the Internet. As a member of GSMA Infineon will contribute its high-frequency and security expertise to the mobile industry and enable commercial deployment of 5G.

An increasingly critical aspect of communication in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is secured identification of consumers, devices and machines. Infineon has been supplying security chips for SIM (subscriber identification module) cards since the beginnings in the 1990s. In its role as a GSMA member, Infineon will drive further development of next-generation embedded SIM (eSIM) standards.

SIM cards are used to authenticate mobile subscribers to their mobile networks. However, form factors are now evolving from removable plug-ins to embedded solutions which are significantly smaller in size and consume less power. eSIMs offer additional advantages: they are integrated into phones, wearables, machines or cars during the manufacturing process. As such they allow remote SIM provisioning and management and are not tied to a single mobile network. The GSMA expects up to 10.5 billion mobile connected devices by 2020 leading to a huge market opportunity for eSIMs, predominantly in the machine to machine (M2M) and mobile consumer devices sectors.

Infineon provides a comprehensive eSIM product portfolio that fully complies with the newly defined GSMA specifications. Having introduced first specialized eSIMs in 2008, Infineon is a pioneer and market leader, particularlyfor automotive applications. The world’s major car makers trust Infineon’s certified eSIM security controllers for their emergency call (eCall) implementations that will become common standard in the European Union in 2018. Besides industrial and automotive applications, eSIMs are also increasingly used for connecting consumer devices to mobile networks. Infineon offers miniaturized versions for smart phones or wearables such as the Samsung Gear S2 smart watch. The world’s smallest eSIM measures only 1.5 mm x 1.1 mm x 0.37 mm and will be exhibited at Mobile World Congress (Barcelona, February 27 – March 2, 2017).

Besides voice communication, mobile devices are increasingly used for broadband access. But current cellular infrastructure will reach its limits within the next years with billions of devices getting connected to the Internet. Whether for entertainment or IoT applications – compared to the preceding 4G infrastructure, 5G is 100 times faster and able to transmit 1000 times more data in real-time. Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) at multi-gigabit speeds requires advanced semiconductor solutions. Infineon provides high-frequency components that receive, amplify and transmit data while components for antenna tuning and switching enable an unmatched user experience.

At Mobile World Congress 2017 (hall 6, booth 6C41), Infineon will demonstrate semiconductor solutions for secured and energy efficient communication in the connected world. Highlights include intelligent street lamps for a smart traffic infrastructure, security gateways to protect connected devices in the smart home as well as new concepts for facilitating the interaction of humans and machines by using voice and gesture recognition. Further information is available at: www.infineon.com/5G

 

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