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Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics

A lot of people would like better and more reliable information about how fresh their food is – and food scandals in recent years have only strengthened this desire. Particularly in the case of packaged products, it is very difficult to detect if the contents have already gone bad. While it’s true that packaging always bears an...

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In the construction of aircraft or automobiles, there is a definite trend towards the use of “new materials,” as they are called. Carbon or glass fiber-reinforced plastics, high-strength steels and light metals are in great demand due to their low weight and robustness. Often, a combination of different materials is used, in...

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Many innovations in vehicle developmentare based on the use of highly modern microelectronics.To meet these goals, electronic systems need increasing processing power and memory even as their energy consumption is minimized – this, however, poses the risk of higher sensitivity to operating and environmental stresses. To guarante...

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Care staff in hospitals or nursing homes have to do tough physical work. The constant strain often leads to back problems. It’s true that there are aids such as orthoses: shell-shaped protectors that support the spinal column. But these are not only uncomfortable; they also restrict the musculoskeletal system, which makes it...

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How is it possible to increase the dielectric strength and reliability of power modules for medium- and high-voltage applications? This question was addressed by scientists at Rogers Germany GmbH, an insulating substrate manufacturer based in Eschenbach, Germany, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device...

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Light has a significant effect on our mood and capabilities and therefore plays an important role in the design of our living and working environments. Textiles that can act as light sources open up entirely new horizons for aesthetic and functional illumination. Curtains, for example, could become light sources once evening...

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Graphene is considered a miracle material: stronger but lighter than steel, flexible, environmentally friendly, and the world’s thinnest material. Researchers at Fraunhofer IAF now plan to produce nearly massless electrodes based on graphene. These are to be used in bandpass filters of smartphones and will improve signal...

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