Current research Projects in the Field of IC Design and Design Automation Research



With the help of the ADMONT project, powerful pilot lines for innovative technologies are to be created in Dresden – from ultra-high voltage technology to OLEDs to 2.5D and 3D integration of ICs. System integrators from all over Europe are then either able to use individual modules or entire production lines for the development of their applications. Combining expertise, technological platforms and existing clean rooms results in a unique design center for "More than Moore technologies."


Today's trend in many houses and apartments is towards automatic lighting solutions. The EnKonSens research project wants to further optimize this and is working on a new type of intuitive system for electronic light control. At the core of the system are innovative and energy-self-sufficient sensors which can automatically capture the situation in a room and then steer the lamps accordingly. Supplemented with particularly low-power circuits, energy use can thus be reduced to a minimum.


Microelectronic applications in medical technology must meet the highest requirements. Approaches such as System in Package (SiP) are well-suited to the purpose and as such represent key technologies of the future, however to date such systems have seldom been used in the field. ESiMED aims to make such solutions more easily accessible for medical technology applications.


A weak point of today's electrical vehicle drives is still the efficiency and safety of their battery systems. With the currently used energy storage, they cannot come close to matching the ranges achieved with combustion engines. The purpose of the IKEBA project is therefore advancements in the efficient use of stored energy.


Video cameras with 4K technology are still very expensive for professional applications such as high-speed recordings, and they do not yet meet all the pertinent requirements. Fraunhofer IIS/EAS is therefore pursuing an especially small and energy-efficient microchip layout for inexpensive and high-performance cameras in the research project Memory³.


New production processes of integrated circuits (ICs) bring with them increasingly smaller components and aggregates. But these can come with their own physical side effects, which can interfere with the circuit operation. These include process variations and parameter degradations. The MoRV project aims to develop software that ensures already during the IC design phase that the ICs developed will have the desired operating properties.


The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is partner of a European research project, in which engineers and scientists are developing a low-cost and miniaturized chip-technology for improved medical diagnosis, e.g. in ophthalmology. The photonic-integrated technology developed in this project may become an enabler to bring Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to broader use in medical care. The Fraunhofer IIS leads the CMOS based readout electronic integration.



Vehicle systems of all kinds are implemented today with the help of highly integrated semiconductors. The work within "RESIST" aims to make optimal use of nanoelectronics as a key to further advances. For this goal, the partners are developing design processes for microchips and future systems that will permit even better fulfillment of the high quality and reliability requirements.


Many German and European industries place especially high requirements on the microelectronic components of their products. To date, it has often still been possible to meet these requirements with standard semiconductors from global providers. However, an increasing number of applications call for more powerful and more individually customized technologies. In response, the project "THINGS2DO" is focused on the development of a virtual German design center for FD-SOI components.


The number and complexity of in-vehicle safety systems is increasing all the time. This places particular demands on the components of these systems, which come from different suppliers. VeTeSS is therefore working up a new method for developing such safety systems that complies with ISO standard 26262.

Theranostic Implants

The Fraunhofer lead project “Theranostic Implants” focuses on the development of “intelligent” implants with diagnostic and therapeutic functions. In the subproject on the neuromuscular demonstrator, a myoelectric prosthetic hand controller, Fraunhofer IIS is developing the electronics for controlling the implant.