Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems

Fraunhofer IMS is your partner for research and development of innovative and sophisticated solutions in business areas: Health, Industry, Mobility and Space and Security. High performance sensors, readout circuits pushed to the limits, embedded AI and efficient and secure RISC-V processors are combined with application knowledge in our business areas. These are just a few examples of solutions for our customers.

Our core competencies: Embedded Software and AI, Smart Sensor SystemsCenter for Sensor Technology and Technology develop and deliver the fundamental and innovative technologies, sensors, circuits and software algorithms for this. Our homepage shows you the full range of our offer. Here you will find what will improve your product or make it possible in the first place and thus open up new markets for you.

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The Fraunhofer IMS researches and develops medical implants and non-invasive health systems in the Business Unit Health.



The Industry business unit is researching smart solutions for production, artificial intelligence and trustworthy electronics.



The change in mobility is unmistakable - autonomous driving and zero emissions are also the driving topics at the Fraunhofer  IMS.


Space and Security

Space and safety engineering are applications with considerable potential, which is why we take care of them.

Our Core Competences


Embedded Software and AI

Embedded Software and AI for applications from Health to Space, from Industry to Mobility, we make it possible.


Smart Sensor Systems

Miniaturized sensors together with smart readout circuits on a chip is the way we go.



The range of our technologies extends from microsystems to nanosystems engineering.


Center for Sensor Technology

We offer the core competence for semiconductor production line within innovative sensor systems.

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Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems

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News about the RISC-V processor AIRISC

The AIRISC enables efficient machine learning and AI in sensors, IoT devices and other embedded applications. The free RISC-V processor instruction set is ideally suited to implement custom extensions in a short time to provide optimal performance for specific applications. In combination with the AIfES software library developed by Fraunhofer IMS, the AIRISC processor family supports neural network inference and training directly on the embedded device.
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Semiconductor chip with integrated artificial intelligence detects heart diseases

The BMBF-funded "ARTEMIS" consortium will develop a small, portable detector under the leadership of Getemed AG. The core innovation is an artificial intelligence-enhanced semiconductor circuit in the ECG electronics that reliably identifies atrial fibrillation using machine learning.
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North Rhine-Westphalia funds five projects of the Leading-Edge Cluster Industrial Innovations (SPIN) with over eight million euros

The Fit4eChange project makes distribution networks fit for the energy transition: The aim of the project is to continuously monitor energy flows and loads in low-voltage distribution networks, which are used very dynamically, in real time. Intelligent sensor systems are used to collect, collate and communicate relevant information. Only then will it be possible to control and optimally integrate generators and consumers in a way that serves the grid.
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Highly sensitive image sensors with adapted microlens arrays

The performance of optical sensors depends strongly on the proportion of the light-sensitive area. Adapted microlens arrays can be used to target photons to the active areas of the sensor to significantly increase sensitivity. Adapted microlens arrays were selectively imaged onto SPAD-based sensors on 8" wafers and lead to an increase in sensitivity by a factor of 7.
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