Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems

Embedded AI – sensor based and platform-independent

Fraunhofer IMS has developed AIfES – a continually growing machine learning library for sensors and embedded systems.

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LiDAR systems become increasingly important in advanced driver assistance systems and industrial robotics. For such applications Fraunhofer IMS develops highly sensitive CSPAD detectors and novel approaches for ambient light suppression on chip level. Together these guarantee best performance and reliable measurements.

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Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

Fraunhofer IMS is part of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany – a global driver of innovation, consisting of eleven Fraunhofer institutes and two Leibniz institutes

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Sensor-readout at the highest level

Fraunhofer IMS developed highly-precise sensor-readout-ASICs for robust application. High-precision, robust and secure – regarding sensors, these characteristics seem to contradict. Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg has again performed an important step for the secure implementing of industry 4.0 and developed two sensor-ASIC series for capacitive and inductive sensor readout that do combine these attributes.

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Microsystems Technology

New procedures of post-processing serve the integration of sensors with electronics onto a microchip. Deploying these high-end sensors in thermography and the health sector is part of the special know-how of the institute.

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Microsystems Technology

Microsystems technology and microelectronics merge closely to create compact “intelligent“ sensors and actors.


embedded World 2020

Fraunhofer IMS was again at the embedded world this year. Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektrnik (FMD) interviewed Fraunhofer IMS there.


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Fraunhofer IMS

For 30 years, scientists at the Fraunhofer IMS in Duisburg have been involved in the development of microelectronic circuits, electronic systems, microsystems and sensors.


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Fraunhofer IMS exhibits at COMPAMED

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg will have its own fair stand at the COMPAMED trade fair for the first time in 2019. The institute intends to further intensify research in the field of medical technology and biosensors in the future.
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Trustworthy embedded AI with RISC-V

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS has developed a trustworthy embedded AI (Artificial Intelligence) on an RISC-V basis. With this development the research institute from Duisburg is expanding its offerings for Trusted Electronics.
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Condition Monitoring of Overhead Lines

In the context of climate protection, the importance of energy efficiency is increasing, as is the share of electricity from renewable energies. Thousands of wind farms, solar modules and biogas plants already generate large quantities of green electricity. The expansion of wind power plants in particular has led to leaps in performance in recent years. In addition to the optimal utilization of the high-voltage overhead lines, the rapid detection of hazardous situations is a central issue. Fraunhofer IMS has developed a sensor system with energy self-sufficient sensor modules for monitoring the operating parameters.
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Machine learning for sensors

Today microcontrollers can be found in almost any technical device, from washing machines to blood pressure meters and wearables. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS have develo-ped AIfES, an artificial intelligence (AI) concept for microcontrollers and sensors that contains a completely configurable artificial neural network. AIfES is a plat-form-independent machine learning library which can be used to realize self-learning microelectronics requiring no connection to a cloud or to high-perfor-mance computers. The sensor-related AI system recognizes handwriting and gestures, enabling for example gesture control of input when the library is running on a wearable.
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