Sensor Systems

Fraunhofer IIS conducts research in the field of Sensor Systems with a focus on complete solutions based on smart integrated sensor systems such as 3D magnetic field sensors for robust applications, image and color sensors, and wireless sensor networks for communication in harsh environments. These sensor systems serve as the basis for novel information, communication and measurement systems which in turn can be utilized in positioning and navigation systems and power optimization. We are also familiar with the techniques of energy harvesting.

Sensor Systems - At a Glance


Intelligent sensors are key elements of modern, autonomous systems.




We develop customized solutions for various applications.




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Press and Media

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Satellite-based exploration of the Earth’s magnetosphere

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the Space Research Institute (Institut für Weltraumforschung, IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, ÖAW) and the Full Service Foundry division of ams AG enable highly accurate measurements of the Earth’s magnetosphere from space. For the first time a new kind of integrated circuit is used.


Innovative 3D camera for large-area magnetic field measurements

"HallinSight" is the name of an innovative 3D magnetic field camera developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. Equipped with an array of 3D sensors, the camera can measure magnetic fields in all three dimensions at extremely high speeds. The camera's high resolution makes it suitable for quality assurance applications and laboratory testing.


Fraunhofer IIS and RoodMicrotec team up for complete ASIC solutions

RoodMicrotec and Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS have agreed to expand their existing cooperation. The aim is to offer their customers complete solutions throughout the whole supply chain, from ASIC design to volume production.


Line camera makes magnetic field lines visible in 3D and real time

A new high-resolution magnetic line camera measures magnetic fields in real time. Field lines in magnetic systems such as generators or motors, which are invisible to the human eye, can be made visible using this camera. It is especially suitable for industrial applications, for example in quality assurance during the manufacture of magnets.  


Integrated, low-cost color sensor for controlling LED lighting

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany have developed a color sensor with an integrated on-chip filter for controlling color and brightness fluctuations that can occur with LEDs. Nano-structured metal layers for spectral filtering, combined with an underlying layer of photodiodes, can be utilized in a feedback loop to control colors, thus enabling defined color perception. The low-cost CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) process used to manufacture the color and multispectral sensors promises broad utility.

Exhibitions and Events


Sensor+Test 2017

Join us at SENSOR+TEST, the leading trade fair for measuring, testing and monitoring tasks, from May 30 to June 1, 2017 in Nuremberg.