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Infineon to Supply Security Controllers for German ID Cards

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Infineon Technologies AG, Europe’s second-largest chipmaker, won a contract to supply security controllers for Germany’s new electronic identification cards.

Infineon is providing a “significant share of the chips for Europe’s biggest ID project,” the Neubiberg, Germany-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. The German authorities have been issuing the new electronic ID since Nov. 1, it said.

About 60 million German ID cards are currently in circulation, usually valid for 10 years. About 6.5 million are issued each year. The country’s new electronic ID card uses Infineon’s “Integrity Guard” security technology, which was developed for applications in which stored data needs a high level of protection.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ragnhild Kjetland in Frankfurt at rkjetland@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at vroot@bloomberg.net

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