Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems

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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Reflect together, discuss and profit

Workshops, seminars and conferences take place regularly and draw many participants attention to Duisburg.

Defy the heat

High temperature electronics enable the application of microelectronic circuits within a temperature range of up to 250 °C. Ordinary electronics already reach their limits at 125 ºC under such harsh conditions.

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New ways in detecting biochemical parameters

As a capable partner in the field of biohybrid systems, the Fraunhofer IMS offers the development of market-free, bio-electronic analysis systems among a broad variety of services.

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Microsystems Technology


CMOS Clean Room and ASIC Services


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Fraunhofer IMS


Finkenstraße 61

47057 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0) 203 / 37 83-0

Fax: +49 (0) 203 / 37 83-266

Latest News


Intelligent cell-implants get into immediate contact with the nervous system

Intelligent, long-term stable cellular implants that have immediate contact with the nervous system: Working on this innovation is the Fraunhofer-Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg together with the Max-Planck-Institute for medical research and the Institute for neurobiology of the university Heidelberg. Application of this new procedure should be found in medicine. In the long term, the therapy of nerve injuries or the simulation of nerves for example within implants is considered.

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Chip scale packages: The small packaging expert of Fraunhofer IMS

A strong case surrounds the fragile core: The new chip scale package (CPS) of Fraunhofer Institute for microelectronic circuits and systems IMS in Duisburg protects the sensitive sensors. The midget out of silicon has many talents: he is barely bigger than the chip itself, cost-effective and is producible in large quantities.

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Ultrasensitive sensors ensure optimum sight conditions

News of the first serious accident involving an automated electric vehicle made one of the headlines this summer. The vehicle in question collided with a truck while in autopilot mode. According to the manufacturer, the front cameras could not perceive the oncoming semitrailer properly. Additionally, an incorrect radar measurement prevented the activation of the emergency brakes. “A camera’s accuracy depends very much on the lighting available. In this case, it failed. The radar system recognized the obstacle, but couldn’t locate it precisely and mistook the truck for a road sign,” says Werner Brockherde, head of the CMOS Image Sensors business unit at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg.

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Fraunhofer IMS develops extremely low-noise read out-ASIC for capacitive sensors

Extremely low-noise, highly precise: Those are the prominent characteristics of the »IMS-CAP51«. The new IMS-CAP51 adds these »merits« to the read-out of capacitive sensors, for example of acceleration-MEMS. Its special talents come into effect where highly accurate measured data is of great importance: for example seismic measurements for the early detection of earthquakes...

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