"The products we design today are for cars appearing in show rooms in 4 years' time, so the focus is on tomorrow’s problems."

Infineon Technologies UK Ltd

Infineon Technologies UK Ltd

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Bristol

Any placements

* (1) Requires 12-month placement for 2022/23; (2) No first year students; (3) Hardware based position. C/Python programming experience advantageous

2021/22 Scholarships

One new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

Infineon Technologies UK are a part of Infineon AG, a top ten semiconductor supplier operating in worldwide markets. The parent company has market leading products in the fields of Industrial, Automotive, Security and ChipCard. Infineon Technologies UK are part of the Automotive division and specialise in the development of the Processor and Systems IP at the heart of the TriCore product range which has established itself as a market leader in the field of Engine Management. We also develop the technology required for Autonomous Driving applications.

The performance driver in our field come from the car manufacturers seeking to reduce pollution, increase efficiency (MPG), raise safety standards (Autonomous Driving) and respond to the challenge of electric drive.

What you could be doing during your summer work placement

We are offering a range of placements in the following areas:

Embedded Processor Development

In Bristol we develop Infineon’s own 32 Bit processor core (TriCore), which is multi-core capable. Our present design is used in multi-core systems destined for cars capable of higher MPG and lower CO2/NOX emissions for the next generation of cars. Our own area of expertise is in combining the general purpose compute with Digital Signal Processing without compromising real time control capabilities. Just to make the challenge a little harder we also have to comply with the same exacting safety and security standards.

The challenge going forward will be in deriving safer systems that are also highly available and reliable, you want to make the journey safely and guarantee you reach your destination. The type of requirements that are in the aerospace industry are transferring to the automotive arena but at a much lower price point. The intellectual challenge is to achieve this standard at a fraction of the cost, which leads to the need to look at the problem from in a different light.

Systems IP Development

We develop not just standard systems IP that one would normally see in an embedded control , but also esoteric accelerators for math functions, safety monitors and advanced lock-stepped processors. These are combined with safety critical systems to exacting external requirements. The challenge is to balance the drive for performance against the safety requirements. It’s not just good enough to have a good idea that you can demonstrate will work, it has to work under all conditions and crucially know when it has failed so other systems can take over.

Automated Driving

We develop the deep DSP technology required to enable automated driving, allowing the car to become semi intelligent and to make critical decisions, avoiding scenarios like rear end crashes and controlling braking distance. We are at the heart of this exciting new development in the automotive sector.

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

Name:
Rebecca
University:
University of Birmingham
Degree Course:
MEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering with Industry Year

What appeals to you about Electronics?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in computers and understanding how they work. Since I enjoyed studying Maths and Physics at school, studying electronics seemed like the perfect choice. It provides a wide range of career opportunities with many different areas to go into. So many life-changing technological advancements have happened within my relatively short lifetime, it is exciting to think I could contribute to future developments by pursuing a career in electronics.

Why did you want a scholarship with Infineon?

I loved learning about embedded processing at university, so I chose to apply for a scholarship with Infineon to get experience in this area. When I visited the office for my interview, I was given an exceptionally warm welcome and immediately felt comfortable. I knew straight away it would be an environment I would be happy working in. I particularly liked that while part of a large company, Infineon’s UK office is not big, so it allowed me to stand out and be well supported on a personal level.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

During my 12-month placement I worked on developing a performance simulator of a system-on-chip. I also enjoyed getting involved in some outreach work, supporting a group of A-Level students with an Arduino based project. During my summer placement I joined the TriCore™ design team, where I built upon and developed my processor design skills. During both my placements I have worked on projects where I could make meaningful and useful contributions. These projects have also provided me with knowledge and technical awareness I could not gain from university.

I have thoroughly enjoyed all the work I have done at Infineon. I cannot possibly describe everything I have learnt but I look forward to applying it in the remainder of my degree and in my future career. Throughout my time at Infineon, everybody I’ve talked to has been nothing but friendly and supportive, only adding to my enjoyment.

What do you like to do outside of work?

In my spare time I enjoy hiking; some of my favourite places I’ve been hiking are the Table Mountain National Park, Snowdonia and the Shropshire Hills. I also enjoy getting out on my mountain bike. I have recently restarted learning how to play guitar, but I’m not very good yet!