Former Siemens chip unit Infineon may have won supplier contract for Apple ‘iPhone’

“Europe’s second-largest semiconductor maker, Infineon Technologies, reported a narrower loss for its fourth quarter on Nov. 16. But traders looked past that improvement and ignored speculation that Infineon may have won a supplier contract for the rumored Apple iPhone. Instead, shares fell more than 3% as market players appeared to fret about next quarter, when the company says it expects the insolvency of a major customer to have a negative impact on revenues and earnings,” Kate Norton reports for BusinessWeek.

Norton reports, “Munich, Germany-based Infineon’s net loss for the three months ended Sept. 30 was €36 million ($46.1 million), as sales rose 16% to €2.29 billion ($2.93 billion). That compares with a €100 million loss a year earlier… Infineon, the former chip unit of Siemens, has been trying to distance itself from the cyclical computer memory chip business and focus on areas such as automotive and communications chips, where margins are higher.”

Norton reports, “One cause for optimism surrounding the communications unit has been growing speculation that its chips will be used in the Apple iPhone, which could be unveiled shortly. Infineon and Apple are keeping mum. Should such a phone come out, it would go some way toward restoring investor faith in the wireless segment, says Dresdner Kleinwort’s Sanders. But even if 20 million iPhones were to be sold in 2007, Infineon can’t make the communications arm profitable by the end of the year unless it wins more customers, he says.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Infineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and complete system solutions targeted at selected industries. The company’s products serve applications in the wireless and wireline communications, automotive, industrial, computer, security and chip card markets. Their product portfolio consists of both memory and logic products and includes digital, mixed-signal and analog integrated circuits (ICs) as well as discrete semiconductor products and system solutions.

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  2. Yeah you might think the TPM’s bad-but at least it’s preventing OS X and other Apple software from having to go through the annoyances of activation that plague windows users. And Apple as usual are early adopters, but it’s gonna be in all other hardware soon. Maybe even, since MS seems to be in control of Dell and the like, MS will block Linux etc. from running in Windoze boxes. Yes, they are gonna be that desparate, soon. At least Apple aren’t doing that.

  3. Though I’d love to argue what constitutes real sarcasm…

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    Isn’t the internet wonderful? Fraud, deceit, and truth rolled up into a huge tortilla of journalism.

    Now, that’s sarcasm.

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