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Communication Systems


Press release / 18.4.2024

Fraunhofer IIS opens laboratory in space

Erlangen, Germany: Radiation, vacuum, and substantial temperature fluctuations: extreme conditions prevail in space, presenting a tough challenge for satellite communications. With the Fraunhofer On-Board Processor (FOBP), experiments can be conducted in space to explore whether new technologies are operational under real conditions. The FOBP passed its final tests last week and has begun its service on board the Heinrich Hertz satellite of the German Space Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).


Press release / 27.3.2024

Bernhard Niemann is the new Director of the Communication Systems division at Fraunhofer IIS

Press release / 14.9.2023

5G-ECONET project aims to optimize the energy efficiency of campus networks

How can the network’s energy consumption be reduced without compromising the quality of service required? The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has teamed up with four partners in the 5G-ECONET project to find out.

Press release / 31.8.2023

Safe roads thanks to artificial intelligence: “KI-FLEX” project comes to successful conclusion

How can autonomous driving be made more reliable? The “KI-FLEX” project, which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and led by Fraunhofer IIS, presented its research results on August 30, 2023.


Press release / 9.5.2022

Fraunhofer IIS opens 5G test bed for automotive applications

On May 5, 2022, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS officially opened its 5G Bavaria automotive test bed. In a five-kilometer test area located on the southern edge of the Bavarian city of Rosenheim, automotive companies now have the opportunity to put 5G functions for connected driving through their paces in a realistic environment.

Press release / 22.7.2021

Fraunhofer IIS successfully tests terrestrial IoT technology mioty® via GEO satellite

mioty® communication technology enables the simultaneous transmission of data packets from a large number of sensor nodes over long distances and is particularly energy efficient. Previously, providing the Internet of Things (IoT) in a terrestrial network was limited to a range of up to 15 kilometers. Now, transmission tests by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, have shown that mioty® can be used via geostationary (GEO) satellites – without having to adapt the wireless protocol. Deploying the IoT via satellite allows the range of a network to be extended at will, up to and including around the globe.


Press release / 19.3.2021

Energy-saving AI chip wins innovation contest

Organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the “Energy-efficient AI systems” pilot innovation contest posed the challenge: “Which team can produce a chip that detects atrial fibrillation in ECG data with at least 90 percent accuracy while consuming the least energy possible?” On March 11, 2021, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek presented prizes to the winners.

Press release / 12.3.2021

First software-defined 5G New Radio demonstration over GEO satellite

Satellite-enabled 5G services have the potential to provide worldwide connectivity. For the first time now, selected extensions of 5G New Radio (NR) to support non-terrestrial networks (NTN) have been successfully demonstrated over a geostationary (GEO) satellite. The Munich Center for Space Communications of the Bundeswehr University Munich carried out the bidirectional over-the-air tests based on the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS’s extended 5G New Radio protocol stack for satellite.

Press release / 5.2.2021

Fraunhofer launches lighthouse project to develop technologies for 6G

At the beginning of 2021, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft launched 6G SENTINEL, a lighthouse project to develop key technologies for the future 6G mobile communications standard. Under the project leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, five participating Fraunhofer Institutes are pooling their expertise in order to collectively attain a position at the technological vanguard of 6G research. The focus of their work will be on terahertz technologies and solutions for flexible networks.

Press release / 3.12.2019

Research project "KI-FLEX": how new AI-based electronic solutions can make autonomous driving safer

Fully automated and autonomous vehicles should be able to respond appropriately in every situation. Together with partners in the "KI-FLEX" project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is developing a platform that uses artificial intelligence methods to help measure vehicle position and determine vehicle environment in the future.

Press release / 22.7.2019

“ReICOvAir”: closing the gap of test systems for industrial wireless communication

At the final review of the Celtic-Plus project “ReICOvAir – Reliable Industrial Communication Over the Air” the project team, led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, presented a new test system for industrial wireless communication. The developed test system consists of a software-based and a hardware-based test bed solution.

Press release / 22.2.2019

Launch of “5G Bavaria” initiative

Fraunhofer IIS is launching a 5G initiative in Bavaria. The “5G Bavaria” initiative supports the transition from research on the new 5G mobile communication standard to its application. Specifically, 5G Bavaria involves a test center at Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen and various testing environments in Bavaria. Here, companies evaluate new mobile communications functionalities in a 5G overall system con-text by means of simulation and emulation in the laboratory as well as in an actual mobile communications environment.


DAB+ software library upgrade improves in-vehicle reception of digital radio

With its DAB+ software library, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS offers a software defined radio solution that enables the implementation of digital radios with DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting) functionality. Available now, the update to the established library uses efficient spur suppression technology to significantly improve the quality of digital radio reception. It moreover enhances the reception sensitivity of the radio receivers. In turn, this extends the range of coverage for broadcasters and increases the number of channels that can be received in vehicles.


First over-the-air beam hopping test successfully concluded

Current satellite communication systems use static beams, with little or no options of adjusting beam capacity to a varying demand. Beam hopping, based on the DVB-S2X broadcasting standard, allows redirecting capacity between beams, making satellite systems more flexible and efficient. Working with WORK Microwave and Eutelsat, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has successfully demonstrated beam hopping in an over-the-air test for the first time.


Fraunhofer IIS demonstrates direct IoT connectivity via GEO satellite

The Fraunhofer IIS has successfully demonstrated the direct transmission of sensor data from multiple transmitters via a geostationary satellite. For the test transmission, the institute employed portable, ground-based transmitters equipped with small, omnidirectional C-band antennas. Fraunhofer IIS developed this particular transmission method specifically for Internet of Things applications that use satellites (Satellite IoT).


Faultless data transfer despite interference - digitally tunable radio frequency filters at embedded world

With the available frequencies increasingly used up, the communication industry faces some big challenges: Demand is growing for wireless communication systems that work faultlessly even when coexistence and interference problems arise. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has developed digitally tunable radio frequency filters (RF filters) that provide dynamic access to a variety of frequencies without any delay. Fraunhofer IIS will be presenting its RF filters at embedded world 2018.


Fraunhofer IIS demonstrates 5G solutions for Industrial IoT at Mobile World Congress 2018

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS will present its latest mobile communication developments towards 5G at the Mobile World Congress, February 26 to March 1, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain. Live demonstrations will show how advancements in positioning and low-latency communication are accelerating industrial processes.


Adjustable Multibeam Antenna improves reliability of RFID systems

RFID systems accelerate Industry 4.0 processes. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has developed a Multibeam Antenna that can be integrated into existing systems and improve their reliability. Fraunhofer IIS is offering companies the chance to test the antenna in individual use case scenarios as pilot users, starting in August 2017.


European Consortium Demonstrates Ultra-High Throughput Transmission over Satellite

A consortium consisting of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, WORK Microwave and AVANTI Communications recently completed highly successful over-the-air trials on Avanti HYLAS satellite capacity employing the latest DVB-S2X modulator and demodulator equipment. The demonstrations used wideband carriers exploiting full transponder bandwidth and outperforming the target throughput of more than one gigabit per second (1 Gbps) using a single communication carrier. The technology demonstration was part of a development funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) under the "ARTES Advanced Technology" program.


Fraunhofer IIS presents technologies for the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 at CeBIT

Erlangen/Hanover, March 15, 2016 – CeBIT, Hall 6, Booth B36: In the Internet of Things (IoT), objects and products communicate and link up independently and exchange important information. With MIOTY, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is presenting an intelligent platform for IoT applications at CeBIT 2016. Up to 100,000 sensors can connect to the platform at the same time and send and exchange information. Transmission from the sensor to the platform is by means of a patented and robust wireless protocol, which works even over large distances and guarantees reliable relaying of the sensor data. MIOTY can be used for IoT applications in digitized production and for long-distance querying of data in intelligent environments. Fraunhofer IIS also shows the practical use of intelligent wireless sensor networks for goods picking and in digital production, as well as in software-based energy management solutions with a special safety security.


Software package for car radios with DRM – Digital Radio Mondiale


Erlangen, Germany, March 10, 2016: A new generation of car radios is just around the corner. These devices receive information not by analog transmission, but digitally – for example, via the new standard, DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale). The advantages: increased sound quality, along with the ability to simultaneously transmit images and text information. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS are now offering device manufacturers a new software package with a decoder for DRM+, and in so doing have pushed digitization one step forward. DRM+ was developed for digital transmissions in the FM band and rounds out the DRM standard.




Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Demonstrated Over-the-Air (OTA) Communication Test System Based on IZT Solutions

New approach to test GNSS receiver robustness and performance with realistic emulation of real word scenarios – Ilmenau/Erlangen – November, 2015 – The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest organization for application-oriented research, presented an Over-The- Air (OTA) wave field synthesis system for test of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers at its Fraunhofer IIS Facility for Over the Air Research and Testing (FORTE) in Ilmenau. The innovative OTA test system is mainly based on hardware solutions from IZT GmbH. The demonstrated setup to test GNSS receivers represents a new approach that in contrast to conventionally conducted and open-field tests, realistically emulates real world scenarios under controllable and repeatable conditions. This enables the realistic comparison of receivers and algorithms especially for multi/beamforming antenna receivers. The OTA test system is cost-effective, flexible and scalable. In this way arbitrary sizes of test objects can be tested due to the freely scalable number of channel emulator outputs.

Fraunhofer IIS and Nokia jointly operating LTE-A test bed for new mobility and IoT applications

Erlangen, March 2, 2015 – A joint effort between Nokia and the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen has resulted in the development of a test bed that features a unique combination of wide network coverage and the latest long term evolution advanced (LTE-A) technology. Fraunhofer IIS is using the LTE-A test bed to evaluate new services and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile connectivity.


Fraunhofer IIS launches “GOOSE” with the aim of developing a GNSS receiver with an open software interface

6.5.2014: Fraunhofer IIS is participating in the “GOOSE” project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The aim is to develop the first GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver with an open software interface. The project is headed up by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the involvement of navigation technology specialist navXperience GmbH, German manufacturer of GNSS technology, and the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich (UniBW).

Flexible battery management system and BlueTEG: Self-powered energy harvesting sensor wristband

3.4.2014: The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS presents two innovations in the area of integrated energy supplies: flexible battery management for complex battery systems and the energy-independent sensor armband BlueTEG.


3D Positioning for Museums

Fraunhofer IIS will be presenting the awiloc® technology at the MUTEC trade fair in Leipzig from November 22 – 24, hall 2 (booth H30). Convenient pocket size, easy handling: Multimedia guides with awiloc® positioning offer museum visitors behind-the-scenes insight – right there, wherever they are. Just like having a personal guide to show you around. Where typical positioning systems such as GPS run up against their limits when used indoors, awiloc® can determine locations with a level of precision down to a few meters to offer multimedia content exactly where you need it.

Select innovations from research

The Fraunhofer IIS will be presenting the latest in high-quality microelectronics for integrated sensor systems, energy effici- ency, localization, simulation and data transfer applications at the electronica 2012 trade fair in Munich from November 13-16, 2012.

Indoor Positioning: N-Solut and CloudMade enter the indoor market with awiloc

Press Release 07.08.2012: The available technology for localization within buildings is growing rapidly. Every day, new companies enter into this area. With N-Solut and CloudMade, two experienced professionals are now committing to this market. In doing so, they are relying on awiloc, the WLAN positioning technology from the ­Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. awiloc has been helping smartphone users since 2008 to find the shortest, fastest, most convenient or even the most interesting path through shopping centers, airports, train stations and museums.

GoalRef: FIFA approves intelligent goal from Fraunhofer

Press Release 05.07.2012: Goal or no goal? In response to this question, world football association FIFA wants to use technical assistance in the future. In its meeting of Thursday 5th July 2012 the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body which determines the laws of the game, approved both goal-line technologies GoalRef and Hawk-Eye.This approval is subject to a final installation test at each stadium before the systems can be used in “real” football matches, in accordance with the FIFA Quality Programme for GLT.

High Precision in Road Construction: Use Of Satellite Navigation For Asphalt Machines

Press Release 09.05.2012: The Fraunhofer IIS, together with MOBA and other partners, has successfully concluded the „ASPHALT“ project (Advanced Galileo navigation System for asPHALt fleeT machines). The concluding meeting took place close to Enspel (Westerwald). With the aid of satellite navigation, road construction can be significantly improved in the future. To this end, the IIS has developed a special Galileo/GPS/EGNOS receiver.

Wireless Sensor Networks on the Test Bench: Novel Evaluation Kit for Measurement and Control Applications

Press Release 20.04.2012: s-net® is a highly energy efficient solution in the field of wireless sensor networks. The Fraunhofer IIS technology is now available as evaluation kit and is being showcased for the first time at the trade show Hannover Messe Industrie. With s-net®, planned applications can be tested at the designated location, whether metrology, surveillance or control application.