MICRO! - Intelligent Sensors / MEMS

The trend towards increasingly smaller, multifunctional, self-organizing systems with interfaces for communication with the outside world is a fascinating challenge also for Saxony’s companies.


In the fall of 2015, the US American electronics group Integrated Device Technology, Inc. acquired the Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI). Steeped in tradition, the company is a leading global developer of energy-efficient analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the automotive, medical, and consumer goods markets as well as for industrial automation. One of the company’s exemplary products is an intelligent microchip which is able to save energy by systematically monitoring the charging and/or discharging process of lithium-ion batteries; thus, also extending the batteries’ life cycle.


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.

Druckmessumformer, ADZ NAGANO GmbH, Ottendorf-Okrilla

Source: ADZ NAGANO GmbH, Ottendorf-Okrilla

ADZ NAGANO GMBH, Ottendorf-Okrilla

The ADZ NAGANO GmbH develops and produces pressure sensor technology in Dresden. With a staff of approximately 100 employees, the company has become one of the most popular international manufacturers of pressure transmitters and pressure switches. These devices are used in all relevant sectors, for example, in process, environmental, automation, and motor vehicle technologies. 


The GEMAC – Gesellschaft für Mikroelektronikanwendung Chemnitz mbH is active in the production and development of electronics. Its primary business fields include sensors and diagnostic devices for mobile machinery as well as electronics and components for medical technology. The company is continuously expanding its development capacities – above all, with a focus on such new applications as, for example, intelligent energy management and renewable energies. 

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Gerhard Fettweis

Chairholder, Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems at Dresden University of Technology & Coordinator of the »cfaed« cluster of excellence as well as of »5G Lab Germany«

"Dresden is one of the leading locations for the research on mobile communications technology in the world. This is where future technologies for the new 5G standard have been and continue to be developed, thus laying the foundations for the Tactile Internet. It is precisely this innovative spirit that distinguishes Dresden and makes it so attractive for me and my colleagues working in cutting-edge research."

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