30 years of partnership between Infineon and Rutronik

Rutronik and Infineon have been working closely together since 1993. At the beginning of the partnership, Infineon still operated below the semiconductor division of Siemens AG. In 1999, this was spun off and Infineon Technologies AG was founded. Only a few years later, on the 30th anniversary of Rutronik and thus the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Infineon and Rutronik, Peter Bauer, then a member of the Infineon Executive Board, said of the partnership: "Since our independence and our IPO in 2000, the cooperation has intensified. Today, Rutronik is one of our most important distributors in Europe. The important thing is that we have built up a partnership together in which everyone involved can only win."

Continuous expansion of the partnership

A lot has happened in the following years of the partnership. The franchise was continuously expanded globally. Initially in the mid-2000s to Italy, Central, and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal as well as South Africa. By the end of the decade, Northern Europe, Austria, and Turkey had also been added.

In addition to the product portfolio already available from Infineon's Industrial Business Area, IGBT, thyristor and diode modules were added to Rutronik's Europe-wide product range in 2014. Following Infineon's acquisition of the US company International Rectifier, Rutronik's portfolio within the Infineon franchise was also expanded in 2015 to include the specialist's power semiconductors and integrated circuits. In 2017, Infineon and Rutronik again expanded their franchise to the APAC region. With the acquisition of Cypress by Infineon, the associated semiconductors were integrated into the franchise by Rutronik in 2020 in Europe and also in 2022 for Asia.

Many successful joint activities

Infineon and Rutronik have been holding joint end-customer seminars in Europe since the 2000s, which is more than 20 years now. These include many exciting events that are highly appreciated by customers, to strengthen the network between colleagues from Infineon and Rutronik and their customer contacts. Some highlights were Fabtours in Dresden, which were held between 2014 and 2018, "Skitronic" events in the years 2015 to 2019 as well as a quad bike tour and Segway tours in Düsseldorf and Munich between 2016 and 2018.

Infineon was also one of only a few selected manufacturers to give presentations at all three Rutronik Automotive Congresses held to date. The success story of the Rutronik Automotive Business Unit's successful event began in 2018, with subsequent events taking place in 2019 and then again in 2022 due to the pandemic. At the Rutronik Automotive Congress 2022, around 200 industry insiders and experts met at the congress center in the gold city of Pforzheim and exchanged views on the latest developments in electric powertrains and electronic solutions for authentication, connectivity, and encrypted communication in vehicles.

Important milestones

Joint technological innovations

RDK2 Base Board with Infineon's PSoC™ 62 for IoT applications

The PSoC 62 from Infineon is the basis for Rutronik's RDK2
Infineon welcomes Rutronik's decision to use the powerful PSoC™ 62 microcontroller as the core of the developed RutDevKit. With the PSoC 6 microcontroller family, Infineon offers a platform for Internet of Things (IoT) applications that enable connectivity, increased computing power, and security while reducing power consumption and cost.

The RDK3 with the PSoC™ 64 from Infineon for Wireless Low-Power Bluetooth connections

Realizing Secure Wireless Applications
The new base board Rutronik Development Kit RDK3 offers a complete solution for wireless Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) connections with high security standards at extremely low power consumption. Hardware and firmware developers can thus reduce time and costs in the pre-development phase. As a result, the RDK3 makes a significant contribution to bringing new applications to market much faster.

The Base Board RDK4 with AECQ qualified PSoC™ 4100S Max

All combined on one board
Only the most modern components are installed on the compact Base Board, which can all be found in Rutronik's product portfolio. Infineon's new PSoC 4100S Max with a low-cost Arm® Cortex®-M0+ automotive microcontroller and next-generation CAPSENSE technology is the heart of the RDK4. The RDK4 is currently the only board on the market based on this microcontroller.

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