Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems


Please find on this page publications and press releases about quite recent research results, new products and customer specific projects of the Fraunhofer IMS.

8th Fraunhofer IMS Workshop - CMOS Imaging - Seeing the future


The 8th CMOS Imaging Workshop of Fraunhofer IMS in Duisburg/Germany takes place on 9th and 10th May, 2016. It addresses topical aspcets of imaging in the future. [more]

Girls‘ Day at the Fraunhofer IMS


The annual Girls’ Day at the Fraunhofer IMS took place on April, 23rd. 15 schoolgirls from various regional schools, such as the St.Hildegardis Gymnasium of Duisburg or the Don Bosco Gymnasium of Esssen, participated and seized the opportunity to look behind the scene of the Fraunhofer IMS. The inst...[more]

Embedded world 2015


Fraunhofer IMS presents developments at trade fair for Embedded –System Innovations[more]

Fraunhofer IMS signs agreement between the GEOHAUS- Consortium and the Siberian State University for Geodesy


As part of the event “Innovation-Dialogue Russia-Germany”, Martin Kemmerling, department head of the department for Transponder, Applications and Systems (TSA), has signed the agreement “Memorandums of Understanding” on behalf of the Fraunhofer IMS. ”The GEOHAUS-Consortium profits from a cooperatio...[more]

BAU 2015: Sensor Technology for Living Comfort and Security


In the 50 years of history of the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, material and systems could set a new record with over 250,000 visitors. The Fraunhofer IMS presented itself on the joint stand of the Fraunhofer-Allianz-Bau with as many as four exhibits of the business unit Wireless &...[more]

Workshop High Temperature Electronics
November 18th and 19th, 2014


High temperature electronics is a continuously growing market in constant need of new technologies and concepts. Fraunhofer IMS hosts a workshop on HT electronics to provide a forum for industry and academia in this field. Follow interesting presentations on applications, circuit and system design, ...[more]

Biohybrid Systems


The Fraunhofer IMS is at the cutting edge of MEMS-, nano-, and biosensor-technology, which combines traditional CMOS technology with innovative post-processed bio- and nanostructures. In the last decade, the semiconductor technology has been seeing a new trend, called »More than Moore«, where added...[more]

Wireless &Transponder Systems


Fraunhofer IMS has acquired professional expertise in the development of sensor transponders and related readers. Sensor transponders combine the identification mechanisms known from standard RFID technology and measurement data acquisition. Sensor transponders are very helpful if the usage of wired...[more]



The Fraunhofer IMS has more than 20 years of experience in CMOS photodetector design, processing, and characterization. Our customers benefit from our standard CMOS and SOI-CMOS processes with a feature size down to 0.35 μm optimized for photosensing applications. Furthermore, we offer CMOS postproc...[more]

Smaller microchips that keep their cool


Temperatures often over 200 degrees C occur in geothermal and oil production – conventional microelectronics hit their limits there. Researchers have now fabricated compact microchips that can keep their cool even at 300 degrees C. An enormous treasure slumbers in the depths of our planet. Temperat...[more]

7th Fraunhofer IMS Workshop CMOS Imaging From Photon to Camera


May 20th and 21st, 2014 OrganizationThe members of the Programme Committee are Prof. Bedrich Hosticka, Ph.D., Mr. Werner Brockherde, Dr. Daniel Durini, and Dr. Andreas Spickermann. Workshop secretary is Mrs. Cornelia Metz. Workshop VenueThe workshop will be held at the Fraunhofer inHaus-Zentrum in...[more]

Weight loss program for infrared cameras


Infrared sensors can be employed in a wide range of applications, such as driver assistance systems for vehicles or thermography for buildings. A new camera is providing a test bed for development of new products that use these detectors. We want it cozy and warm in our homes when the thermometer o...[more]

Hydrocephalus: sensors monitor cerebral pressure

08.01.2014 Physicians can measure cerebral pressure with the aid of implanted monitoring sensor. They merely place a hand-held reading device on the head of the patient.

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as a long-term implant. Urinary incontinence, a shuffling gait, and deteriora...[more]

Data detectives in double-glazed windows


Double-glazed windows have to withstand everything from baking sunlight to icy winds and biting cold. And it’s not just the temperature fluctuations themselves they have to cope with, but also the resulting changes in pressure between the two panes of glass. The glass panels bow outwards or inwards ...[more]

Sensors protect Rotterdamer quayside


The saline seawater ceaselessly eats into the concrete of the quayside, day after day, year after year. These are the most difficult conditions that steel-reinforced concrete has to withstand. The salt, in form of salt ions, penetrates the alkaline concrete and neutralizes it, i.e. alters it chemica...[more]

Solar energy for sensor nodes

02.09.2013 Solar energy for sensor nodes

Tiny solar cells applied directly onto a silicon chip are a potential way to efficiently and reliably powering of wireless sensor networks in the near future. This would facilitate especially large-scale applications, for instance in the field of agriculture. Almost everywhere, the team player is m...[more]

Intelligent door seal prevents poor air quality


For a long time, heat insulation was en vogue – and nearly no one was concerned about poor indoor air quality. And yet excess CO2 hampers concentration. Now, researchers have come up with an intelligent door seal system. Heated debates and no agreement in sight: the eight employees sitting in a sma...[more]

Microsystems Technogy Lab&Fab


Microsystems technology and microelectronics merge closely to create compact „intelligent“ sensors and actors. The Microsystems technology (MST or MOEMS micro opto electro-mechanical systems) expands the CMOS-technology. MST provides sensor and actor functions, CMOS supplies the electronics. MST pro...[more]

Copper, gold and tin for efficient chips

05.12.2012 An employee at the MST Lab & Fab, where the post processing of chips takes place. © Fraunhofer IMS

With gold, copper or tin and special galvanizing processes, scientists are improving the function of semi-conductors and making the manufacture of microelectronic systems a child‘s play. Especially the LED industry could profit from this. They are particularly small, durable and economical: LEDs ha...[more]

Ultrasensitive photon hunter


Fast and ultrasensitive optical systems are gaining increasing signifi cance and are being used in a diverse range of applications, for example, in imaging procedures in the fields of medicine and biology, in astronomy and in safety engineering for the automotive industry. Frequently the challenge l...[more]

Invitation to Workshop 'High Temperature Electronics'


High Temperature Electronics is a continuously growing market with new challenges and high application potential. Get in touch with users and technology providers and follow interesting presentations during our workshop 'High Temperature Electronics'. We cordially invite you to the workshop whic...[more]

Measuring glucose without needle pricks

04.09.2012 Measuring glucose without needle pricks

Pricking a finger everyday is just part of everyday life for many diabetes patients. A non-invasive measurement approach could release them from the constant pain of pin pricks. The linchpin is a biosensor engineered by Fraunhofer researchers: A tiny chip combines measurement and digital analysis – ...[more]

High Temperature Electronic


High temperature IC design and fabrication Fraunhofer IMS has more than a decade of expertise in the design and wafer processing of high temperature integrated circuits and systems for operating temperatures up to 250°C. Based on numerous existing analog and digital IP blocks we realize applicatio...[more]

IC Design und & ASICs


IC Design Analog, digital and mixed signal integrated circuits are core competences of Fraunhofer IMS. Application specific integrated circuits enable our customers to provide cost efficient and powerful products. We offer the full spectrum from custom to IP-based ASIC solutions. Full-custom ASICs...[more]

Flying 3D eye-bots


They can be deployed as additional surveillance resources during major events, or as high-resolution 3D street imaging systems. Intelligent swarms of aerial drones are a universally useful tool for police, crisis managers and urban planners. Special 3D sensors developed by Fraunhofer researchers ens...[more]

First Edition „CMOS Image Sensors Compact“


We have the pleasure of inviting you to read about the latest CMOS Imager news of Fraunhofer IMS. This is the first edition of an information service that will be distributed quarterly in the future. In this way we want to communicate technical aspects, news, meeting possibilities on conferences or ...[more]

High-speed CMOS sensors provide better images


Conventional CMOS image sensors are not suitable for low-light applications such as fluorescence, since large pixels arranged in a matrix do not support high readout speeds. A new optoelectronic component speeds up this process. It has already been patented. CMOS image sensors have long since been...[more]

6th Fraunhofer IMS Workshop CMOS Imaging EXTENDING THE DIMENSIONS


June 12th and 13th, 2012 Objectives and ScopeThe past CMOS Imaging Workshops were a great success andwere met with very high interest. We want to continue providinga forum to the European industry and academia for importantthemes on technology, design, and applications of CMOS-basedimage sensors an...[more]

Microlenses for 3-D endoscopes


Modern endoscopic techniques enable doctors to perform surgery without major incisions. Certain interventions require instruments with special 3-D optics. Researchers have developed an image sensor that transmits perfect 3-D images from inside the human body thanks to the use of microlenses. The su...[more]

Wireless window contacts – no maintenance, no batteries

01.09.2011 Drahtlose Fensterkontakte – wartungsfrei und energieautark

Window contacts tell us which of a house’s windows are open or closed. Researchers have now developed a fail-safe system that is particularly easy to use and needs no wiring or batteries. The sensors harvest the energy they need to run from ambient radio signals. It is 7:30 a.m. and high time she l...[more]

Round-table with Science Minister Svenja Schulze

31.07.2011 In the round-table microsystems technology took part: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Götz, FH Gelsenkirchen; Prof. Dr. Holger Vogt, Fraunhofer IMS, Duisburg; Prof. Dr. Wilfried Mokwa, RWTH Aachen; Dr. Reiner Wechsung, former Boehringer Ingelheim microParts GmbH; Johannes Herrnsdorf, MiNaCon, Dortmund; Science Minister Svenja Schulze; Dr. Frank Bartels, chief executive IVAM – Association for microtechnology; Prof. Dr. Heiko Kopf, University of Applied Sciences Hamm-Lippstadt; Dr. Thomas Fries, FRT GmbH, Bergisch Gladbach; Prof. Dr. Rainer Brück, University Siegen; Harald Cremer, State cluster NM+W.NRW.

Science Minister Svenja Schulze invited experts to a special meeting on July 25th in Düsseldorf. Experts from research and practice discussed prospects and potentials of microsystems technology in North Rhine-Westphalia. “Microsystems technology as a key technology can strengthen the established se...[more]

The fine art of etching

14.06.2011 The fine art of etching

They see more than the naked eye and could make traffic safer: miniaturized thermal imaging sensors. But they are difficult to manufacture on a commercial scale. Researchers have now developed a new system. On it, special micro-electromechanical systems can be produced – with the correct etching tec...[more]

Wireless sensor network monitors microclimate in the forest


During a forest monitoring operation, forestry scientists measure various environmental values. This is how they obtain indications about how the forests are changing and what can be done to preserve them. However, installing and maintaining the wired measuring stations is complex: Researchers devel...[more]

The IMS is opening its Microsystems Technology Lab & Fab on June 22nd


The setup time is over, (almost) all machines and facilities are installed in the new clean room and ready for use. In the Microsystems technology Lab & Fab novel microchips are developed “Above CMOS” by “Post Processing”. The combination of microsystems technology and CMOS technology leads to ...[more]

Crash sensor boosts safety in warehouses

04.04.2011 Crash-Sensor erhöht Sicherheit in Lagerhallen

For reasons of workplace safety, storage shelves in warehouses are subjected to routine testing of their stability. These inspection rounds are time-consuming and deliver just a snapshot in time. Researchers have devised a wireless, sensor-based system to provide continuous monitoring of the conditi...[more]

UV-transparent coating for image sensors


Image sensors as used in cell phones are partially color-blind. This is because of their coating, which prevents UV light from passing through. CMOS chips have as a result not been suitable for spectroscopy up to now. A new production process makes the coating transparent – and the sensors suitable ...[more]

Radio signals from the heart


Increased pressure in the heart is a warning sign – it may indicate heart failure. In future, a battery-less miniature sensor implanted in a patient’s heart could be used to transmit on-demand cardiac pressure readings to their attending physician.[more]

Image sensors for extreme temperatures


Image sensors which are used as electronic parking aids in cars or for quality control in production systems have to be able to withstand the often very high temperatures that prevail in these environments. Research scientists have produced a CMOS chip which functions even at a temperature of 115 de...[more]

MiSPiA: Fast 3D Imaging Arrays for pre-crash safety system in cars


LAUNCH OF “MiSPiA” FP7 PROJECT Milan, 9 July 2010 – “MiSPiA” (Microelectronic Single-Photon 3D Imaging Arrays for low-light high-speed Safety and Security Applications) is a new Collaborative research project funded by the European Commission in its Seventh Framework Programme for research, technol...[more]

Infrared camera provides a better view


Infrared cameras see more than the naked eye and can make road traffic safer. Cameras for the long-wave infrared range, however, have the disadvantage that the sensor requires constant cooling, which adds to the cost and complexity of the device. Now a new type of detector has been developed which f...[more]

Tracking down rust


Damage to concrete bridges caused by rust can have fatal consequences, at worst leading to a total collapse. Now, researchers have developed an early-warning system for rust. Sensor-transponders integrated in the concrete allow the extent of corrosion to be measured. Concrete bridges have to be str...[more]

Pressure sensors on alert


Vacuum panels are particularly good for insulating buildings – as long as the vacuum does not leak. A tiny pressure sensor constantly checks the condition of the vacuum and indicates whether the insulation effect is still present. Mrs Miller is happy. Since she moved to the new apartment building s...[more]

Microtechnological talent pool


In the context of a professional training program which was financed by the “Bundesagentur für Arbeit”12 participants from companies and five other retrainees were trained microtechnologists by the RAG BILDUNG in Dortmund. The best result that has ever been obtained by a microtechnologist at the “C...[more]

HIESPANA "Hierarchic simulation of nanoelectronic systems for the control of process variations”"


The approach to physical limits by changing from micro- to nanoelectronics makes the scaling of further semiconductor devices and systems more difficult. Five cooperating Fraunhofer institutes develop and implement a hierarchic simulation approach. Along the process-, device-, circuit- and system s...[more]

No-sweat pressure sensors


Microelectronic chips used to take pressure readings are very delicate. A new technology has been developed that makes pressure sensors more robust, enabling them to continue operating normally at temperatures up to 250 degrees Celsius. The drill bit gradually burrows deeper into the earth, working...[more]

Color sensors for better vision


CMOS image sensors in special cameras – as used for driver assistance systems – mostly only provide monochrome images and have a limited sensitivity to light. Thanks to a new production process these sensors can now distinguish color and are much more sensitive to light. The car of the future will ...[more]

Lactate test made easy


The lactate value indicates levels of fitness. At present, athletes have to visit a doctor to have it measured. A new analytical device will make things easier in future: athletes can wear it and check their lactate readings during training. Performance athletes need to know their blood lactate lev...[more]

inBath – assistive bathroom surroundings at inHaus-Innovation-Center


Fraunhofer-inHaus-Center is the innovation workshop of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for SmartHomes and SmartBuildings. We develop appli-cation solutions for residential and real estate properties. Our main goal is to design solutions in order to be more efficient in planning, building, facility managemen...[more]

Prices at the push of a button


Changing the prices on supermarket shelves often involves a lot of running around for the employees. A system of networked displays enables prices to be updated quickly and at any time from a central computer. Sometimes you get a pleasant surprise at the checkout: T-shirt, camera or chocolate cost...[more]

Joined NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Dutch Workshop on:


RFID and Wireless Networks in Logistic Systems November 16th , 2005 Duisburg / Germany[more]

Cooperation signed with ELMOS AG and IMS Duisburg


First chips produced already – Cooperation on many levels Dortmund: ELMOS Semiconductor AG has signed a cooperation agreement with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS) in Duisburg. The contract covers joint research and development as well as the cooperative use o...[more]

Ideal Climate for vegetables


If plants are to thrive in a greenhouse under optimal conditions, the indoor temperature should be monitored and regulated at various points. Radio-linked sensor networks are a flexible and inexpensive solution, particularly as they eliminate the need for wiring. To grow flowers and vegetables in g...[more]

Membership ZigBeeTM alliance

17.05.2005 [Translate to english:]

The Fraunhofer Society now takes an active part in the ZigBeeTM alliance, a union of enterprises and companies promoting the open and global ZigBeeTM standard. The objective of this union is to establish low-cost and low-power solutions for wireless network communication. Fields of applications are ...[more]

New high dynamic range CMOS Image Sensors and Cameras

17.05.2005 [Translate to english:]

One highlight is the new high dynamic range automotive camera that has been developed as demonstrator for BMW AG. This camera system featuring PAL TV resolution utilizes the patented principle of multiple exposure. The heart of the camera is the new CMOS image sensor with 768 x 576 pixel resolution...[more]