The core competence "Smart Sensor Systems" deals with the realization of advanced sensor systems. This includes all steps from sensor selection to the development of individual circuit components for signal processing to system design. Various types of sensors such as electrical, mechanical, magnetic field and optical sensors are supported. For the realization of highly integrated sensor systems, the core competence also offers the development of Application Specific Circuits (ASICs) from simple signal amplifiers to complex signal processing ICs with embedded microcontrollers. For this purpose, not only the most advanced available microelectronic and microsystem techniques are used at Fraunhofer IMS, but also wireless communication and artificial intelligence are important pillars to continuously push the limits of what is feasible in sensor technology. Various laboratories exist for the characterization and testing of subcomponents and systems.