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.