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On April 6, 2017, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the first research fab for micro- and nanoelectronics operating throughout Germany.

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Our paper edition is published four times a year and features information about current research results and developments by our member institutes.

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Personalities who have shaped the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics since its founding in 1996 and define it today.

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Sensors and Sensor Systems

Failures and unplanned maintenance work on safety-critical industrial systems generally result in high costs to operators. Often, these failures announce themselves in advance through atypical operating parameters such as rising temperatures, moisture intrusion, or loss of pressure. A flexible monitoring system developed at Fraunhofer IPMS measures just these parameters, evaluates them, and derives failure risks for the systems.

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Permanent condition monitoring for infrastructural works

Infrastructural works such as bridges need to withstand a lot: they are greatly exposed to wind and weather conditions and also need to deal with constantly increasing traffic levels. What is more, many buildings and elements of infrastructure are currently reaching the end of their projected service life and require regular evaluation of their condition in order to guarantee that it is safe to continue to use them. However, regular and thorough condition monitoring of viaducts has, until now, meant a significant contribution of time and personnel, which has also made it very cost-intensive.

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Uncooled IR detectors with a pixel pitch of 12 μm for the far-infrared range

Infrarot-Detektoren sorgen in unterschiedlichsten Anwendungen für mehr Durchblick, denn sie sehen vieles, was dem menschlichen Auge verborgen bleibt: In der Bauthermografie lassen sich so etwa Dämmfehler an Gebäuden lokalisieren und in Fahrerassistenzsystemen helfen sie, die Sicherheit von Fußgängern nachts zu erhöhen. Das Problem: Bislang am Markt verfügbare ungekühlte Sensoren für den langwelligen bzw. den fernen Infrarotbereich benutzen typischerweise Mikrobolometer mit einem Pixelpitch von 25 μm oder 17 μm. Daraus resultieren große Infrarot-Detektoren beziehungsweise große IR-Objektive, die zu hohen Preisen solcher Systeme führen und somit die Anwendungsbereiche limitieren.

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Parylene – a polymer with excellent properties

Parylene is a polymer combining a variety of outstanding properties: Optical transparency, biocompatibility and biostability, chemical inertness, electrical insulation, a hydrophobic surface, and a low degree of permeability to gas and water.

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