Infineon Technologies AG is the parent company of the Infineon group, including Qimonda, with subsidiaries incorporated in jurisdictions throughout Europe and Asia, as well as in the United States. The Company was incorporated in Germany. It has been a publicly traded company since March 2000. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors and complete system solutions used in microelectronic applications, including computer systems, telecommunications systems, consumer goods, automotive products, industrial automation and control systems and chip card applications. The Company's products include standard components, full-custom devices, semi-custom devices and application-specific components for memory, analog, digital and mixed-signal applications. The Company has operations, investments and customers located mainly in Europe, Asia and North America. The Company's core business is conducted through its automotive segment, Industrial Power Control segment & Multimarket segment and its Chip Card & Security segment. The Automotive segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors for use in automotive applications. The Industrial Power Control segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors for the generation, transmission and economy in the use of electrical energy. The Power Management & Multimarket segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors for energy-efficient power supplies as well as for mobile devices and mobile phone network infrastructures. The Chip Card & Security segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductor-based security products for mobile payment applications and networked systems. The Company faces competition in each of its product lines. It competes with other international semiconductor companies, which are involved in research, development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of their products. The Company is subject to various legal actions and claims, including intellectual property matters that arise in and outside the normal course of business. The Company's intellectual property rights include patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, utility models, designs and mask work rights.
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