Press Releases 2017

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  • To reinforce the position of Europe’s semiconductor and electronics industry within global competition, eleven institutes within the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics have, together with two institutes within the Leibniz community, come up with a concept for a cross-location research factory for microelectronics and nanoelectronics. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing support with the necessary investment. On April 6, 2017, Education Minister Professor Johanna Wanka handed over the grant approvals – 280 million euros for Fraunhofer and 70 million euros for Leibniz.

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  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS is starting the two-year CONSIVA research project focusing on the development of micro-energy harvesters for self-sustaining, integrated chip systems. The use of novel piezoelectric materials in vibration-based harvesters can drastically reduce their size and significantly prolong operation time. This paves the way for the utilization of previously unachievable medical implants and increasingly small, wireless sensor systems.

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  • Fraunhofer IPMS will present a new, RFID-based pick-by-light application scenario for efficient and secure picking at LogiMAT 2017. Located in Dresden, the Fraunhofer IPMS research institute has developed an intelligent storage bin that can be identified and controlled by RFID technology which operates without needing its own power supply. In addition, a weighing sensor integrated into the bottom of the bin automatically records any material removal and provides notification for refilling.

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  • The Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS will introduce Li-Fi communications modules meant to expand or replace existing company data networks at the 2017 Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference and Exposition from 21. - 23. March in Los Angeles. The point-to multi-point-capable optical technology combines the speed, stability and security of wired infrastructures with the flexibility and cost advantages provided by wireless radio solutions.

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  • Operating cable-connected or battery-powered measurement systems in hard-to-reach installation locations and challenging environments often poses safety concerns, is too complex or downright impossible. Radio frequency identification (RFID) sensors make the wireless, maintenance-free measurement of temperature and other physical parameters in such situations possible. At this year's Embedded World Exhibition and Conference to be held in Nuremberg, Germany from 14.-16. March, developers from Fraunhofer IPMS Dresden will present a flexible, multi-tag RFID sensors system concept which has also been tested in metal environments.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer IPMS

    A new class of electrostatic micro actuators developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) enables large vertical or lateral deflections with little energy consumption and low electrical drive voltage. This technology can be used to extend existing microsystem solutions as well as develop new application areas with novel designs. At Photonics West 2017, Fraunhofer IPMS will present the new class of electrostatic bending actuators for the first time at a trade fair.

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