The course is set: now the Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (LZE) (High Performance Center for Electronic Systems) is embarking on its mission to establish itself as the leading center for electronic systems in Germany. Energy saving and energy efficiency – this strategic collaboration between research and industry is focused on nothing less than these key economic and social topics of the future. Something is happening at the heart of the Nürnberg Metropolitan Region about which others can only dream: world- class research with a well-defined practical orientation.
Thursday, November 19, 2015. The Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (LZE) hosts its first Tech Day. High-level visitors have registered for the event in large numbers: some 100 repre- sentatives of industry and business – from medium-sized companies to global corporations – have turned up. Among the crowd are representatives from big-name industrial companies, leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers, internationally renowned manufacturers of sporting goods, automation technology manufacturers, small energy technology businesses, and companies from the textile industry. “What we show our partners and potential customers at the Tech Day is targeted worldclass research with a welldefined practical orientation,” explains Prof. Dr. Albert Heuberger, Director of Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen.
Showcasing mature prototypes
At the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB, Prof. Dr. Heuberger and the Director of Fraunhofer IISB, Prof. Dr. Lothar Frey, jointly lead a tour through a small but excellent exhibition. At four stands, researchers from both Fraunhofer institutes and the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg proudly present the mature prototypes of their current LZE projects. “They are our lighthouse projects,” says Professor Frey with a satisfied smile. “They demonstrate that our teams can tackle complex electronic systems with a unique range of expertise.” Total initial investment for the LZE amounts to €10 million and comes in equal parts from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft, while a further €5 million comes from joint projects with industry.