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Newsletter 04/2023

Dear Readers,

as the year draws to a close, we are proud to present our Annual Report. Find out how we are using microelectronic solutions to combat climate change not only in 2021 and 2022, but also beyond. We have put together five fascinating projects for you. Of course, we are continuing many of these projects and already have new, sustainable projects on our agenda. One of these is the Fraunhofer-funded PowerCare project. Read our press release and find out how we can save megatons of greenhouse gases every year through intelligent power electronics and innovative gallium nitride semiconductors in motor controllers.

You can also find out more about our core business in our video on »Technology Services« and be inspired to work with us. Also, don't miss our annual review with the event highlights of 2023, where you can already save the date and experience our solutions again.

In the end, it's up to you again: we want to constantly improve and look forward to your feedback. Let us know how we can further optimize our content in 2024 and take part in our community survey.

Have fun reading and enjoy your holidays!

In this issue
Our annual report with sustainable, smart sensor solutions from 2021 and 2022
PowerCare project: Intelligent power electronics for massive greenhouse gas reduction
Our »Technology Services« video: Working with Fraunhofer IMS
Event Highlights 2023
Focus on our community: We need you!
Research and development | Reading time: 20 min
Our Annual Report - find out all about the sustainable, smart sensor solutions from 2021 and 2022!

In 2021 and 2022, we used our expertise in microelectronics in various innovative projects to develop sustainable solutions and thus contribute to a respectful approach to our world:

» AIRISC: high-performance and energy-efficient RISC-V processors

» GaNext: semiconductors made of gallium nitride instead of silicon can minimize the environmental impact of power electronics

» NeurOSmart lighthouse project: five Fraunhofer institutes are working together on intelligent, climate-friendly robot sensors

» Green ICT: Environmentally friendly information and communication technology (ICT) starts with microelectronics. The »Green ICT @ FMD« competence center aims to research and bundle cross-technology overall solutions

» RIWWER: Flood and environmental protection in Duisburg, with digitalized and AI-supported wastewater systems

Annual Report »Sustainable smart sensor solutions«

Research and development | Industry | Reading time: 3 min
Annual savings in megatons of greenhouse gas emissions in industry and mobility: Fraunhofer funding project PowerCare

Intelligent power electronics with novel gallium nitride semiconductors in motor controllers

In order to achieve independence from fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy sources, production and mobility must be extensively electrified. This increases the need for compact, energy-efficient and reliable power electronics. In the PowerCare project, innovative vertical gallium nitride power semiconductors and real-time-capable failure models are being developed and used in a motor drive. PowerCare is pursuing a new approach in the monitoring concept through a miniaturized motor controller with integrated AI failure prediction. The project thus lays the foundation for the next evolutionary stage of intelligent, sustainable power modules.

Press release
Research and development | Industry, Health, and Technology Services | Reading time: 3 min
Our »Technology Services« video: Find out how you can collaborate with us

In cooperation with Christoph Miethke GmbH & Co. KG, we have published our first video in which you can get to know our core business better. We show you the versatility of our »Technology Services«. The video had its big release on October 23 at the MikroSystemTechnik congress in Dresden. You can find impressions in our event review below.

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Event Highlights 2023

Trade fair | Industry | Reading time: 1 min
embedded world in Nuremberg, March 2023

Safety monitoring on microcontrollers, high-resolution distance measurements and wearables with AI-based gesture recognition

Our colleagues presented some exciting solutions at embedded world 2023, such as the AIRISC-SAFETY, a fail-safe flight control system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with RISC-V, which is immediately ready for use in automobiles, production or healthcare thanks to its successful certification with »ASIL-D ready«, an embedded 3D LiDAR solution and AI-based gesture recognition for Android fitness wristbands or smartwatches.

Our solutions:
» Fail-safe RISC-V flight controller
» High-resolution, embedded 3D LiDAR solutions
» AI-based gesture recognition

Find more impressions on YouTube.

Impressions on YouTube
Save the date 2024 (iCalendar)

Our solutions:
» 3072-pixel LiDAR camera
» Solid-state flash LiDAR detector (EN)
» Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs, EN)

Trade fair | Health, Industry, Mobility, and Space and Security | Reading time: 1 min
Laser World of Photonics in Munich, June 2023

Optimal performance to see through skin, bright sunlight, and absolute darkness

At the Laser World of Photonics trade fair, we presented our solutions for detecting people and objects in conditions ranging from absolute brightness to darkness. Our LiDAR cameras and high-performance single photon image sensors (SPADs) for health, mobility, industry and space could be tested there.

Trade fair | Mobility | Reading time: 1 min
IAA Mobility in Munich, September 2023

The future of safe, autonomous, and comfortable transportation is within reach

At the IAA Mobility 2023, we presented our AI algorithms, which can remarkably increase safety and comfort in means of transportation. For the safety aspects outside the vehicle, we presented our 3072-pixel LiDAR camera. Visitors to IAA Mobility were able to drive a vehicle at a console while watching our AI algorithm visually capture their vital signs such as heart rate or breathing rate, or see how each of their movements is rendered in high contrast by the LiDAR camera.

Our solutions:
» 3072-pixel LiDAR camera
» AI-based in-cabin vital signs measurement

Find more impressions on YouTube.

YouTube-Short: Explanatory video
YouTube-Video: Demonstrator

Main topics:
» Requirements of PET applications, systems, and gamma detectors
» Photodetectors
» Readout electronics
» 3D integration
» ASICs and digital signal processing
» Algorithms and AI for data analysis

The next PET-Workshop will take place in 2025.

Workshop | Technology | Reading time: 1 min
Workshop »PET Electronics & Technologies« in Duisburg, September 2023

At the two-day workshop at the Fraunhofer-inHaus-Center, visitors were treated to 30 presentations by renowned experts from the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) community in science and industry.

The similarities and differences between the requirements and approaches presented were highlighted in two panel discussions. Students and researchers presented their abstracts in a poster session on Tuesday. The PET workshop concluded with an informal get-together.

Conference | Health | Reading time: 1 min
BMT - 57th DGBMT Annual Conference on Biomedical Engineering in Duisburg, September 2023

Concentrated expertise in the Rhine-Ruhr region

This year, the Fraunhofer IMS, together with the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, hosted an exchange on biomedical technology innovations at »BMT 2023« in the Mercatorhalle in Duisburg and presented its latest biomedical systems. In this context, we presented the latest developments in AI in medical technology, implants and neurotechnology.

The topics of the BMT 2023:
» Patient-centered Medicine
» Healthcare Sustainability
» Deep Medicine
» Regulatory Affairs
» Medical Translation
» Technical Sovereignity

Save the date 2024 (iCalendar)

Services and solutions:
» 3072-pixel LiDAR camera
» CSPAD3K array detector
» Technology Services for post-CMOS processes
» 3D integration
» Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)

» Vacuum chip scale package
» Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs)

Find more impressions of the MST Congress on the FMD website. The next MST Congress will be hosted in Duisburg in 2025.

Review: FMD @ MST Congress (DE)

Congress | Technology | Reading time: 1 min
MikroSystemTechnik Congress in Dresden, October 2023

»Green ICT @ FMD« and many other technologies

As part of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD), we exhibited at this year's MST Congress at a joint stand with the Fraunhofer ENAS, IPMS, ISIT, IZM, and Leibniz IHP institutes cooperating in the FMD.

In addition to the joint project »Green ICT«, we presented the following solutions and services: Our 3072 pixel LiDAR camera, in which our CSPAD3K array detector is used. Our technology services for post-CMOS processes, 3D integration processes and atomic layer deposition (ALD) are used to manufacture such a BSI-CSPAD chip. We also showed vacuum packages for chips and our range of photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

Workshop | Career | Reading time: 1 min
Science connects - Fraunhofer-career event in Oberhausen and Duisburg, October 2023

Students get to know the world of Fraunhofer

A full success: For the first time, Science connects was organized by Fraunhofer UMSICHT and Fraunhofer IMS. Over two days, students from various universities and degree programs had the opportunity to get to know our two institutes and the exciting topics we work on at Fraunhofer. New project ideas were developed in workshops, which we want to pursue together in the future. In addition to tours of our laboratories and clean rooms, there was also plenty of time to chat with our employees.

The topics:
» Insights into the research fields of our doctoral students
» Workshops Future ideas and technology seeks application
» Clean room and laboratory tours
» Career at Fraunhofer

The event will take place again 2024. Find more impressions and updates on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn: Review
Working at Fraunhofer IMS

Find more information on our solutions in the broschure »Biomedical Sensor Systems«.

Our solutions (brochure)
Save the date 2024 (iCalendar)

Trade fair | Health | Reading time: 1 min
COMPAMED in Dusseldorf, November 2023

Sensors and AI algorithms for solutions in biomedical technology

At COMPAMED, we presented AI algorithms as well as sensor and circuit developments that take medical care to a new level. At the booth, demonstrators for contactless vital sign recording, biomedical sensor technology, and intelligent implants were shown. Among other things, our personal scale, which, in addition to weight, also directly determines blood pressure could be tested.

Trade fair | Industry | Reading time: 1 min
SPS - smart production solutions in Nuremberg, November 2023

Sustainable, efficient power electronics with RISC-V for your production environments

At sps we showed our PWM power controller, which revolutionize machine control and make automated production more energy efficient. The optimized tool utilization in metal-cutting production or our RFID-based localization system, have shown, how production processes can be made more transparently and reliably minimize failures. Through AI-based monitoring using sound sensor technology, we also presented, how we can contain food contamination. Based on our RISC-V processors, all solutions are particularly sustainable and safe.

Our solutions:
» PWM power controller
» Otimized tool utilization through AI-supported monitoring
» RFID-based localization
» AI-based food monitoring through sound sensor technology
» RISC-V processors

Save the date 2024 (iCalendar)

Main topics:
» Single-photon imaging
» Spectroscopy
» Scientific and medical imaging
» Quantum imaging
» Image sensor technologies

You can find more impressions on LinkedIn. The next CMOS Imaging Workshop will take place in 2025.

LinkedIn: Review

Workshop | Optical Systems | Reading time: 1 min
CMOS Imaging Workshop in Duisburg, November 2023

An international forum to discuss applications, technologies and methods of advanced optical sensing

At the end of November, interesting speakers from our ranks, Albert Theuwissen, Edoardo Charbon, Eric R. Fossum and many more met on site for an inspiring exchange with the participants of the 10th CMOS Imaging Workshop at Fraunhofer IMS.

A lively exchange took place on the individual topics as well as interesting exhibits from exhibitors such as Elmos and aSpect Systems.

Focus on our community: We need you!

Survey | Reading time: 2 min.
We want to know what sparks your interest again!

New year, new survey! You now have the chance to select new topics for the coming year. Click on the link and complete the short survey by January 1. You can change to English on the upper right when you click on the survey link. Thank you for your participation!

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Lea Krammer
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