Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems

Heat-resistant capacitors: Stability at up to 300 degrees

Heat is one of the worst enemies of electronics. It can disrupt functionality and cause electronic components to age more quickly, or even destroy them. Now Fraunhofer researchers have developed a capacitor that can withstand temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius.

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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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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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Vision 12 µm: The new, extremely small microbolometers of Fraunhofer IMS

Uncooled infrared-detectors measure the thermal radiation of their environment and depicture the temperature distribution of a scene. Core of these detectors is a thermal sensor element, the microbolometer. Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS has developed a new generation of microbolometers: extra small and therefore especially affordable. The small size is a large advantage for mobile applications. These tiny sensors can be applied in, for example, helmet cameras of firefighters. The possibility to produce them cost-effective, makes them especially interesting for the mass market. Thanks to an innovative structure the new microbolometers are despite of their small size extremely efficient.

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Fraunhofer IMS is now official part of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

The parliamentary state secretary Thomas Rachel, Member of the German Bundestag, honored on 14th June 2017 the Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems as part of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany. In total eleven Group institutes of microelectronics of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and two Leibniz-Institutes now build the virtual research fab with the aim to lay the foundation of future microelectronic-competences already today.

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The commenced implementation of “industry 4.0“ implies a rapidly increasing number of wireless sensors and actuators in the industrial field. The requirement of wireless transmission technology in this surrounding is high.

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Starting signal for the next generation of nanosystem technology

The aim is clearly defined: In the project “FunALD“ a new class of ultra-thin functional materials, on the basis of ALD-technology, should be developed. The top-class partner consortium thereby enables the micro and nano sensors to open up a wide, sustainable field of development for a variety of innovative and intelligent sensors.

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