Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics
Application-Oriented Business Areas
Ambient Assisted Living, Health and Well-being
Demographic change presents health services with constant challenges. In the “Ambient Assisted Living, Health and Well-being” business area, Fraunhofer scientists carry out research on how smart electronic environments and assistants – ambient assisted living systems (AAL) – can be used to help older and disabled people. (Microelectronic) technologies are integrated into new applications especially for the older generation. The focus is firstly on applications such as mobile monitoring and diagnostic systems as well as biosensors. Secondly, solutions are developed for the hospital of the future or for emergency systems for improved safety and quality of life.
Energy Efficient Systems
For a sustainable and yet affordable energy supply, it is essential to use available resources more economically, to increase energy efficiency, and to reduce the cost of generating and using renewable energies. The focus of the “Energy Efficient Systems” business area is on the development of electronics for efficient energy conversion and energy management. Particularly in the case of mobile applications, constantly increased power and energy densities are required while design sizes and weight must be reduced. The energy supply is relevant to all areas of application as a subsystem. It affects issues such as the smart grid and energy harvesting, power electronics, energy storage, and energy management.
Mobility and Urbanization
In urban areas, quality of life is closely tied up with mobility – widespread introduction of low-emission cars and avoiding unnecessary journeys through suitable means of communication would both be of enormous benefit to residents. That’s why the “Mobility and Urbanization” business area focuses its efforts on car-related developments. For electromobility applications, for example, the institutes in the Group develop systems to add electric vehicles to a network, including such information as consumption figures and the necessary communication systems. Drive systems, storage, and the smart power electronics behind them are closely linked to the “Energy Efficient Systems” business area. An additional focus is the use of microelectronics for communication and distribution infrastructures.
The central challenge of living and working in a future knowledge- based society will be symbiotic cooperation between humans and technology. Electronic aids have become unquestioned companions in our everyday lives and it is impossible to imagine any aspect of our lives without it. Whether in our leisure time, in our provision of healthcare, or when at work – electronics add value to products and make it possible to use them intuitively. In the “Smart Living” business area, Fraunhofer scientists are carrying out research on new technologies and applications that will create smart living and working environments to give us a perfect work-life balance. The vision of life-long learning, integrated into daily life, will also move within our grasp.