Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems

Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics

The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics (german abbreviation: VµE), founded in 1996, combines the expertise of 13 Fraunhofer institutes, with a total of more than 2700 employees. Its main focus is the preparation and coordination of interdisciplinary research projects, conducting studies and to assist in the process of identifying strategies. The employees of the Fraunhofer Group Microelectronics are contacts for customers out of the fields of science, research, business and politics.

Fraunhofer Ambient Assisted Living Alliance

13 institutes collaborate inside the alliance on AAL and »Personal Health« systems solutions. Therewith a holistic approach is pursued which integrates various technologies, applications and user groups, incorporates complementary activities in the areas research coordination, development of business models and standardization, and facilitates modular systems consisting of interoperable components.

Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance

The alliance targets new approaches in food safety, microelectronics and logistics, which can easily be integrated in the entire food chain and exhibit an added value as high as possible at low costs are of crucial significance. At the same time, they are supposed to ensure the food quality and, thus, to achieve high consumer acceptance.

Silicon Saxony

Silicon Saxony e.V. is Europe's largest trade association for the microelectronic industry. Founded on 19 Dec 2000 as a network for the semi-conductor, electronic and micro system industry, the association connects manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, colleges, research institutes and public institutions in the economic location of Saxony. The current number of members has risen to 256. The member companies employ about 25,000 people and the total turnover of the companies is 3.5 billion € per year.


As international association of companies and institutes in the field of microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials, IVAM's priorities are to create competitive advantages for our members. Our members have appreciated this for 13 years now. 261 member companies and institutes from 18 countries open up new markets and set standards with the support of IVAM.

Optonet — Kompetenznetz Optische Technologien

OptoNet bündelt die Interessen von 87 Unternehmen, Forschungs- und Bildungseinrichtungen, Kapitalgebern und öffentlichen Einrichtungen mit dem Ziel, die Optischen Technologien voranzubringen.


MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is the unifying voice of the commercial MEMS community, representing those companies with the goal of making money in the MEMS market. By providing forums for information exchange and collaboration MEMS Industry Group creates the horizontal band across the broad range of companies supporting and utilizing MEMS technology. MIG is the virtual and physical place for people and organizations to come together to address industry issues and further the commercialization of MEMS.

SEMI Foundation

The mission of the SEMI Foundation is to support education and career awareness in the fields of high technology.


SPECTARIS is the German industry association for the high-tech medium-sized business sector and representative body in the areas of medical technology, optical technologies and analytical, biological, laboratory, and ophthalmic devices.

Design and Supply Chain Network X-CHAIN

X-FAB's X-CHAIN design and supply chain partner network platform provides a structured way for customers to search online, region by region, for contact information and other data about qualified design and supply chain partners worldwide. The Fraunhofer IPMS are actively engaged with X-FAB in chip development or other areas such as test, assembly, supply chain management or turnkey IC solutions. Search results highlight each company's offerings and expertise – analogue, RF, high-voltage or MEMS, for example – and provide contact information. The service is free of charge, easy to use, and readily available to all X-FAB website visitors.

Top Cluster »Cool Silicon«

The application of the top cluster Cool Silicon aims at establishing the technological basics to increase massively the energy efficiency in the area of information and communication technologies.

Cottbus Joint Lab

On July 18, 2007, the Brandenburgische Technische Universität (BTU) Cottbus and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the field of photonic microsystems, especially in the subfields of basic materials research and micro and nano technology. This goes hand in hand with the expansion of the Joint Lab at the BTU Cottbus to a more comprehensive »Cottbus Joint Lab« which will unite the competencies of the BTU Cottbus, the Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP GmbH) Frankfurt/Oder, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the industry.

HTA — Heterogeneous Technology Alliance

The Heterogeneous Technology Alliance is a union of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with two of the largest European research institutes, the CEA (France) and the CSEM (Switzerland) based on a cooperation agreement. The alliance offers a broad portfolio of applications and complete services over the entire value chain from the development to engineering solutions until production. Through this cooperation, the Fraunhofer IPMS can cater to special demands of multinational industrial clients.

EPoSS — European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration

EPoSS brings together European private and public stakeholders in order to coordinate and to bundle efforts and to set-up sustainable structures for improving the competitiveness of European R&D on Smart Systems Technologies and their integration.

Photonics 21 — European Technology Platform »Photonics for the 21st Century«

Photonics21 is a voluntary association of industrial enterprises and other stakeholders in the field of photonics in Europe. It unites the majority of the leading Photonics industries and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Europe.

MINAM — European Technology Platform for Micro- and NanoManufacturing

Covering approximately 400 members from 27 countries in Europe and continuously growing, the Platform acts as an exchange forum for the topics of industrial manufacturing: materials, equipment, components.

NEXUS — European Microsystems Network

NEXUS is a non profit Association headquartered in Neuchâtel, Switzerland with the aims of providing microsystems professionals with access to strategic guidance, information, and high-level networking opportunities.

Forum MedTech Pharma

Forum MedTech Pharma is a non-profit registered society forming a unique platform for business contacts and knowledge exchange. We successfully facilitate innovation and co-operation in the medical sector outside commonly established value chains. The 580 members of the Forum MedTech Pharma include companies, research institutes, clinics, health insurances, regional authorities as well as other actors in the field – from 13 nations out of Europe, America and Asia.

VDE-Initiative Mikromedizin

Die VDE Initiative MikroMedizin unterstützt und begleitet die Einführung neuer mikromedizinischer Verfahren. Sie hat mit namhaften Vertretern aus allen Bereichen des Gesundheitswesens erste Schwerpunkte Telemedizin / Disease Management, NeuroProthetik und Invasivität Instrument / Implantant gesetzt.

Infrared Data Association – IrDA

The Infrared Data Association (IrDA) defines physical specifications and communications protocol standards for the short-range exchange of data over infrared light.

AIM Deutschland — Verband für Automatische Identifikation, Datenerfassung und Mobile Datenkommunikation

AIM-Deutschland fördert die Anwendungen der automatischen Datenerfassung und Produktidentifikation und bemüht sich weltweit um deren Standardisierung. Die Mitglieder von AIM-D sind führende Technologie- und Beratungsunternehmen sowie Softwarehäuser im deutschsprachigen Raum.

Mikro- und biosensorische Messtechnik

Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen des Netzwerkes entwickeln gemeinsam Sachsen als Standort zukunftsweisender Leistungen mikro- und biosensorischer Messtechnik.

DFAM — Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft für Automatisierung und Mikroelektronik

Die DFAM-Firmen vereint die Entwicklung, Fertigung und Nutzung mechatronischer Produkte für die Automatisierung technischer Systeme.

Sensorik-Netzwerk Dresden

In der Region Dresden existiert ein breites Spektrum von jungen Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen, die angefangen vom Sensor über die benötigte Elektronik bis hin zur Softwareentwicklung aktiv sind. Diese Einzelkompetenzen werden in Zukunft im Rahmen des Sensorik-Netzwerks Dresden zusammengefasst, so dass ein in der Region verwurzelter, leistungsstarker Anbieter für komplexe, Multiparameter-Sensorsystemlösungen entsteht.

nanotechnologie — Center of Competence »Ultrathin Functional Films«

The Center of Competence »Ultrathin Functional Films«, distinguished by the Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF) as a nation-wide such, is coordinated by Fraunhofer-Institute IWS Dresden. It joins 51 enterprises, 10 university institutes, 22 research institutes, and 5 corporations into a common network.

ALD Lab Dresden

The ALD Lab Dresden is a collaboration of research institutes in Dresden applying and developing atomic layer deposition (ALD). Activities are ranging from fundamental research and precursor evaluation to large scale process development for novel materials for industrial coatings, future electronic devices and energy harvesting devices such as solar cells.

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