NXP celebrating 100th anniversary in Hamburg

10 June 2024
Company among world's 100 most innovative companies - advancing Germany and EU's digital sovereignty

NXP Semiconductors presented "QSea I" the first quantum computing demonstrator  “Made in Germany” on May 30, 2024 marking its 100th anniversary in Hamburg. "QSea I" has been developed in collaboration with eleQtron and ParityQC and DLR Quantum Computing (DLR QCI). NXP is a partner of the Hamburg Quantum Computer Initiative, which was launched in May 2022 and brings together all the relevant stakeholders to put this future technology into practice swiftly. QSEA I is the first full-stack, ion-trap based quantum computer and thus a major step towards that goal. Lars Reger, CTO bei NXP Semiconductors, commented: “We are convinced that industry and research communities in Hamburg and throughout Germany will benefit from this project. It will help to build up and expand important expertise in quantum computing, to use it for the economic benefit of us all, and also to further strengthen our digital sovereignty in Germany and the EU.”

Semiconductors - 21st century raw material 

Lars Reger, CTO of NXP Semiconductors
Lars Reger, CTO of NXP Semiconductors

Technological sovereignty is among the German government’s declared goals. Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed the need to be at the forefront of all key future technologies and on a global scale. "We can only influence our path, if we are at the cutting edge wherever possible.” Commenting on the core business of the NASDAQ-listed company, he added: "Semiconductors are the raw material of the 21st century. Without semiconductors, there would be no automotive industry, no mechanical engineering, no electronics. Independent semiconductor production in Germany secures our future as an industrialised country."

Top 100 Global Innovators

Malte Heyne, Norbert Aust, Lars Reger and Hamburg's second mayor Katharina Fegebank
Malte Heyne, Norbert Aust, Lars Reger and Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg

Last year, NXP Semiconductors won the Chamber of Commerce’s "Hamburg 2040" award for its innovative strength. When presenting the award, Professor Norbert Aust, President of the Chamber of Commerce, stressed NXP’s importance in view of the dependence on semiconductor manufacturers in the U.S. and Asia. "NXP is a company without whose products our everyday life, but also the technologies of the future such as smart city solutions, cyber security and autonomous driving would hardly be conceivable," said Aust. NXP Semiconductors has ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators for the second year in a row. The ranking of the world's most innovative companies is compiled by the British Clarivate Centre for IP and Innovation Research™. NXP was selected based on its strong patent portfolio consisting of over 9,500 patent groups.

USD 13.28 billion in sales last year 

Research focus: Connected vehicles
Research focus on networked vehicles

NXP began in 1924 as an electron tube factory in Hamburg and is now a global giant. NXP Semiconductors has branches in more than 30 countries and earned a turnover of USD 13.28 billion in 2023. The company's international headquarters are in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. NXP Germany employs around 1,200 staff at its R&D centres in Hamburg, Munich and Dresden as well as sales teams in Munich and Sindelfingen. Research in Germany focuses on applications in the automotive, industrial, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile communications and communications infrastructure sectors. As part of the  Future Technologies for European innovation and technology-sovereignty in Microelectronics ("FUTURE ME") project, for instance, research is being conducted into 5nm microprocessors for the automotive industry, 6G testbeds and state-of-the-art radar systems. And the company is also developing solutions for connected vehicles of the future. Then, vehicles will be able to interact with each other and the surrounding infrastructure. The aim is to reduce congestion and pollution and to increase safety. 

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