Smart Systems


Since 2013, the Bosch Sensortec GmbH has been operating a development office in Dresden. This is where application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for MEMS-sensors are developed, which are used, for example, in the automotive industry but also in smartphones, tablet PCs, wearables or for the „Internet of Things“. The activities at the location in Saxony comprise the conception, development and industrialization of mixed-signal ASICs with innovative circuitry concepts in leading-edge semiconductor technologies.

FIRST SENSOR AG, Two Subsidiaries in DRESDEN

The First Sensor AG is among the leading providers worldwide in the field of sensors. In Dresden, almost 300 employees in two First Sensor locations develop and manufacture standardized and customized sensor solutions for applications in the medical technology, industry and mobility growth markets. In cleanrooms complying with ISO-classes 8 to 5, not only samples and small series but also quantities in the sevenfigure range are manufactured on fully automated assembly lines and checked by means of standardized test procedures. 


The EDC Electronic Design Chemnitz GmbH specializes in discrete and integrated electronic solutions for customers coming from the industrial sensor technology, automation and drive technology, satellite communication, medical technology, and automotive branches. Since April 2015, EDC has been working in a network project together with the Chemnitz-based Fraunhofer Institute ENAS and the Canadian Preciseley Microtechnology Corp. on the development of a MOEMS system which is to permit a high resolution, in-vivo OCT diagnostic method. For one of its latest developments, the intelligent, monolithically integrated microsystem for the measurement of filter contaminations, „SmartFilter,“ EDC was presented with the German INDUSTRIEPREIS 2015 industry award.

Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS, Chemnitz

The research and development activities of the Chemnitz-based Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS focus on smart systems using micro and nano technologies. These intelligent systems not only integrate components of differing functionalities, but are also able to record and recognize complex situations. They can make decisions, interact with the environment as well as function on an energy-autonomous and networked basis. The institute’s portfolio ranges from highprecision sensors for industry, sensor and actuator systems with control and evaluation electronics to such printed functionalities as antennas or batteries all the way to materials and reliability research for microelectronics and microsystems technology. 

MEMS-Lautsprecher, Fraunhofer-Institut für Elektronische Nanosysteme ENAS, Chemnitz

Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS, Chemnitz

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS, Dresden

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden is one of the pioneers of MEMS development worldwide. The institute researches in electronic, mechanical and optical components and their integration into miniature „intelligent“ devices and systems. The institute’s specific competence is in the use of light for various purposes, i.e. the application of optical properties and components. The integrated Center for Nanoelectronic Technologies CNT carries out industry-related research into 300-mm wafers for semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers. Together with three other Fraunhofer Institutions and the Dresden and Chemnitz Universities of Technology, IPMS forms the „Functional integration for micro- and nanoelectronics“ performance center. This is where development is undertaken on, for example, sensor nodes for networked systems, adaptive diagnostic systems and control systems designed to minimize the energy consumption in production. On completion of the pilot phase, the focus will then turn to the areas of energy and medical technology as well as mobility. 

Bidirektionaler SVGA-OLED-Mikrodisplay, Fraunhofer-Institut für Organische Elektronik, Elektronenstrahl- und Plasmatechnik FEP, Dresden

Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP / Jürgen Lösel

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Dresden

The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden conducts work on vacuum coating and surface treatments, and is Europe’s leading center for research on and the pilot production of devices and manufacturing technologies based on organic semiconductor materials. The core competencies of the institute consist of electron beam technology, sputtering, plasma-activated high-rate deposition, high-rate PECVD, technologies for organic electronics and IC / system design. It offers a broad spectrum for research, development and pilot production for the treatment, sterilization, structuring and finishing of surfaces as well as for OLED micro-displays (combination of silicon micro-electronics and organic electronics), sensors, optical filters and flexible OLED lighting. 

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