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Newsletter 01/2023

Dear Readers,

welcome to the year 2023! At the end of last year, you voted on the topics that interest you the most. Insights and expertise came out on top as the main focus areas in close succession. For this reason, we would like to provide you with an ongoing Feature in our newsletter, in which we present not only our innovations, but also visions and statements from our colleagues. Following your vote, we will start with our AI Software Frameworks.

Also in this issue: our new RISC-V solution from the AIRISC product family. The AIRISC-SAFETY processor ensures safety and offers you a processor that is »ASIL-D ready« and that you only have to install. Our colleagues have also published further knowledge on RISC-V in a study on the RISC-V ecosystem. In the RuhrBotS project, we are also building a new showroom as a library in the Fraunhofer inHaus Center to test the interaction between robots and humans.

Soon you can meet the AIRISC-SAFETY and also us in person again at embedded world 2023. Also included: a gesture recognition with the smartphone or smartwatch and our LiDAR camera TinyOwl.

We hope you enjoy our issue at the start of the year!

In This Issue
Feature: AI Software Frameworks for Healthcare, Industries, Sustainability and Security
RISC-V Processor AIRISC-SAFETY Certified »ASIL-D ready« by SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH
RuhrBotS-Showroom at the Fraunhofer-inHaus-Center
Preparatory Study for the European Chips Act: RISC-V ecosystem
embedded world 2023, March 14-16, 2023: Safety Monitoring on Microcontrollers, High-resolution Ranging and Wearables with AI-based Gesture Recognition
Feature | Embedded Software and AI | Reading Time: 5 Min.
Feature: AI Software Frameworks for Healthcare, Industries, Sustainability and Security

At Fraunhofer IMS Burkhard Heidemann, Head of Embedded Software and AI, and Christian Wiede, Head of Embedded AI, are researching on intelligent AI solutions for various areas of life with their team. From industry to medicine applications in the fields of »Machine Learning« and »Computer Vision« promote innovation, sustainability and security in our society. »We create user-friendly and resource-efficient AI algorithms for small systems with maximum data security that run on any hardware. Through our extensive know-how in sensor technology and artificial neural networks, we are able to reduce performance overhead on a large scale.« Read now which projects and applications the colleagues from the department are researching.


Press Release | Industry | Reading Time: 3 Min.
Safety Element for Automobiles, Production or Health can be Implemented on the Own Microcontroller Chip: RISC-V Processor AIRISC-SAFETY from Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS

The AIRISC-SAFETY has been successfully marked »ASIL-D ready« (automotive safety integrity level) by TÜV SGS according to ISO 26262 and is now ready for the market. Through the certification, industrial customers directly receive a safety element including safety manual and can thus integrate the AIRISC-SAFETY into their own chip as a basic element for functional safety. The TÜV certificate for the AIRISC-SAFETY was awarded as early as December 2022.

Press Release

Press Release | Fraunhofer-inHaus-Center | Reading Time: 3 Min.
RuhrBotS-Showroom at the Fraunhofer-inHaus-Center


The RuhrBotS project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), will establish a competence center for social robotics in the Ruhr region. The Fraunhofer IMS is setting up the associated real laboratory for evaluation and knowledge transfer: »Robotics is developing rapidly. Robots for vacuum cleaning and some other supporting activities have already arrived in the middle of society. With RuhrBots, we are researching important issues in social robotics and systematically evaluating them in order to further develop them in a user-oriented manner.« (Wolfgang Groeting, Head of Fraunhofer-inHaus-Center)

Press Release
Study | Industry | Reading Time: 60 Min.
Preparatory Study for the European Chips Act: RISC-V and Open-Silicon as Future Technologies for Chip Startups, Incubators and Decision-makers from Politics and Business

With the study ASPECT, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS and its partners present the opportunities of open-silicon and RISC-V for new business models of chip startups and incubators as well as for decision makers from politics and industry. The classification of RISC-V as a future technology enables the presentation of the relationship between Open-Source and -Silicon as well as RISC-V. The Fraunhofer IMS has developed the study from August to October 2022 in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Munich, the Leibnitz Institute IHP in Frankfurt an der Oder, accompanied by the EDA Center in Hannover.

Read the study now (GER)

Safety Monitoring on Microcontrollers, High-resolution Ranging and Wearables with AI-based Gesture Recognition

We present our newest member in the RISC-V family, the so-called AIRISC-SAFETY as well as our LiDAR camera TinyOwl. We will also demonstrate how gesture recognition is executed on a smartwatch using our AIfES software framework. Learn more via the links below or our event page.

Visit us: embedded world 2023

When? March 14 to 16
Where? Messe Nuremberg, hall 4, booth 4-422

Schedule an appointment now and get your free trade fair ticket.

Learn more
Failsafe Flightcontroller for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

Directly applicable on your chip. The best thing about the new AIRISC-SAFETY: It is already »ASIL-D ready« and thus ready for certification.

Press Release

TinyOwl and TimestampsAI
High-resolution Ranging with Embedded 3D LiDAR Solutions

Get to know our LiDAR camera TinyOwl and TimestampsAI.

Info Sheet

Recognizing Gestures with a Fitness Wristband or Smartwatch?

And that on an Android device? See now in our video how gesture recognition is displayed through the smartwatch on the smartphone.





Lea Krammer

Fraunhofer-Institut für Mikroelektronische Schaltungen und Systeme IMS
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