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  • Research and development | Press release | Reading time 3 Min. / 2023

    Annual savings in megatons of greenhouse gas emissions in industry and mobility through intelligent power electronics with novel gallium nitride semiconductors in motor controllers

    Start of the Fraunhofer-funded project PowerCare / November 13, 2023

    Independence from fossil fuels and the switch to regenerative energy sources require extensive electrification of production and mobility. This increases the need for compact, energy-efficient, and reliable power electronics. In the PowerCare project , novel vertical gallium nitride power semiconductors as well as real-time failure models are developed and used in a motor drive. Here, PowerCare takes a new approach to the monitoring concept by using a miniaturized motor controller with integrated AI failure prediction. The project thus lays the foundation for the next evolutionary stage of intelligent, sustainable power modules.

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  • Research and development | Press release | Reading time 2 Min. / 2023

    Vital signs: Improving the safety and comfort of vehicles using AI algorithms

    Ready for integration into inCabin systems / September 08, 2023

    The transport of tomorrow will not only be autonomous — it will also be comfortable and safe. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS presents AI algorithms that massively improve transportation safety and comfort. To achieve this, optical sensors record vital signs, such as heart and respiratory rates. This data is processed by specially developed AI algorithms. The algorithms are modular and easy to integrate into cars and existing systems. They offer entirely new measurement options for car manufacturers. This development is supported by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), which requires the installation of internal cameras in vehicles.

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  • Research and Development | Feature | Reading Time: 5 Min. / 2023

    Feature: Open Source Semiconductors

    September 04, 2023

    The future of hardware is open source - unleashing innovative drive in science and industry with open semiconductor structures to address societal challenges in climate protection as well as security issues.

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  • Research and Development | Shortnews | Reading Time: 2 Min. / 2023

    Increasing food quality and reducing recall costs through smart sound sensor technology: successful conclusion of BMWK project ISEP

    September 01, 2023

    Prevention of food contamination through AI-based monitoring methods: Defective equipment and contamination of food are the second-most common cause of food warnings in Germany. In the ISEP[1] project, Fraunhofer IMS has developed a solution that quickly and reliably detects such defects for each individually filled bag. This ensures a higher quality of the goods. Associated with this, food waste as well as high claims for damages and recall costs can be avoided in the future.

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  • Fairs and Events | Events page | Reading time: 1 min. / 2023

    IAA Mobility 2023: AI algorithms for in-cabin contactless vital signs measurement and 3072-pixel LiDAR camera

    September 5 to 8 / August 02, 2023

    »Experience Connected Mobility« The future of safe, autonomous and comfortable mobility is within reach: At the IAA Mobility 2023 from 5 to 8 October in Munich, we will present our AI algorithms, which can remarkably increase safety and comfort in means of transport. Of course, we are not neglecting the safety aspects outside the vehicle: our 3072-pixel LiDAR camera ensures high-precision detection of the surroundings.

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  • Research and development | Press release | Reading time 2 Min. / 2023

    Rapid, resource-efficient disease and pandemic detection by InfektoFlex - an adaptive and innovative diagnostic platform designed to test a wide range of pathogens

    Funding approval in infectiology in the ZukunftBIO.NRW program / July 14, 2023

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS, together with its partner, has been selected by the ZukunftBIO.NRW program to carry out the InfektoFlex project. From April 2023 to May 2025, this project will develop a modular and rapidly adaptable platform for the diagnosis of dangerous pathogens to improve pandemic preparedness and response. To this end, engineered recognition structures, known as clickmers, will be combined as determinants with carbon nanotubes as optical sensors. In this way, the diagnostic functionality can be validated and the transferability to several relevant pathogens can be demonstrated. The required expertise and technology development are covered in this project by the company ClickmerSystems GmbH and by the Fraunhofer IMS, so that at the end of the project a solution close to the market can be expected.

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  • A forum for international research and academia to meet and exchange the latest developements! / 2023

    Visit us for our 10th anniversary of the CMOS Imaging Workshop

    June 07, 2023

    You are kindly invited to an exciting event, which will promote the exchange of users, developers and researchers of optical sensing to enhance synergy and pave the way to great applications and ideas.

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  • Trade fair | June 27 to 30 / 2023

    Upgrade your signal detection with highly sensitive single photon image sensors and the lowest dark count rate

    Visit us and test our applications! / June 01, 2023

    Optimal performance to see through skin, bright sunlight and absolute darkness: At Laser World of Photonics, we will present our solutions for detecting people and objects in conditions varying from absolute brightness to darkness. Get to know our LiDAR cameras as well as powerful SPAD solutions for health, mobility, industry and space. You can be inspired and receive competent advice on how our technology can also achieve the best possible results for you.

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  • Trade Fair | June 20 to 22 / 2023

    Vehicle in cabin monitoring: More safety in the car through contactless, AI-supported vital signs recording

    Visit us and test our applications! / June 01, 2023

    Get to know our new demonstrator in Brussels at InCabin 2023, which simulates real driving behavior and can measure important vital parameters of the person driving. See from June 20 to 22 at booth 9 how vital parameters can be recorded on the basis of optical camera systems and directly evaluated by adapted algorithms.

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  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS has upgraded its LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) camera TinyOwl to 3072 pixels. A 3D integration has been technologically enhanced by Fraunhofer IMS for the SPAD-based (Single-Photon-Avalanche-Diode) camera demo. The advanced camera is particularly robust and can ensure accurate image capture even under harsh weather conditions or machine-induced vibration.

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