ESI Application Center

Focussed knowledge

At the ESI-Application Center, which is part of the Embedded Systems Initiative, Fraunhofer IIS collaborates with Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Since late 2009, the Application Center has been developing embedded systems, with a focus on multi-core systems, wireless communications, design methodologies and hardware-software codesign. In this context, Fraunhofer IIS undertakes work on automation in a wide range of areas, for instance for medical, automotive and safety-critical applications.


Close-up of a chip
© Fraunhofer IIS/Bernd Müller

Fraunhofer IIS develops many different types of embedded systems. Embedded communications are an integral part of our ever-expanding technological world. Virtually everything needs to be embeddable today, from software-defined radio to miniaturized energy technology. Fraunhofer IIS carries out research into compact, embeddable, energy-efficient RF receivers and transmitters for reliable embedded wireless communications in various application areas. Our partners at the ESI Application Center transform what we develop into complete solutions. The aim is to allow Bavarian businesses to take advantage of synergies created through collaboration between Friedrich-Alexander University and Fraunhofer IIS.


As part of its involvement in the ESI Application Center, Fraunhofer IIS is currently engaged in a number of projects aimed at developing efficient, yet cost-optimized wireless systems:

RF Receivers

A wireless interface for embedded systems needs to be able to cope with a variety of frequency bands and communication standards. In addition, its dimensions, energy use and cost need to be minimized. These requirements are impossible to meet using conventional receiver architectures, which is why we are developing new concepts, architectures and technologies tailored to particular uses.

Long distance communication module with high-efficiency amplifier

This digital wireless system for transmitting multimedia or telemetry data will make it possible to achieve long-distance communication or high data rates without sacrificing power efficiency. Depending on the requirements of the specific application, it will be possible to either maximize the range of the transmitter module (up to 100 km) or to optimize its throughput for transmission of HD images (several ten Mb/s). The system will be highly power-efficient irrespective of how it is configured, and data will be received accurately even if the transmitter is moved very quickly. Possible uses of that project include live sports broadcasting, model making, disaster management, security applications and monitoring of hard-to-reach areas.

Efficient RF power amplifiers for LTE signals

These use nanometer CMOS technology for very large-scale integrated fourth-generation mobile communication systems.


The ESI Application Center can provide you with cross-industry solutions tailored to your specific needs.


We will begin by conducting feasibility studies. Based on the results, we will then decide which technology best meets your needs.

System development

Working with you, we will develop a prototype in our laboratories, giving you the opportunity to test it and put it into production. We will be with you at every stage of the process.


At the final stage, we will integrate your embedded system into your work environment and help you become familiar with the technology.

You can also select individual services as required or purchase a license to use our software and in-depth knowledge. We will also be happy to help you secure partners for development projects or a research and development consortium.


If you would like to know more about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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