Electronics for energy-saving information and communication technology.
Despite all technical efforts, the total energy consumption of information and communications technology has risen continuously in the past. Against the socio-political backdrop of the worldwide reduction of CO2 emissions, this creates the challenge for the development of electronic systems to achieve resource minimization. This includes the consideration of the entire value chain of electronic products including the manufacturing processes and the supply chains. The Fraunhofer IPMS has set itself the goal of actively promoting this resource minimization together with the Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik Deutschland (FMD).
In addition to energy-saving sensor edge cloud systems and energy-saving communication infrastructures, the Fraunhofer IPMS focuses in particular on resource-optimized microelectronics production. In doing so, the institute can draw on extensive experience gained within the institute's two cleanrooms (200 mm MST line and 300 mm microelectronics line). Through its expertise, Fraunhofer IPMS thus offers a broad spectrum with comprehensive services for equipment, IC and material manufacturers to realize resource-optimized and environmentally friendly electronics production. In the field of processing, the institute supports its customers by providing resource-optimized consulting and development services, especially in the area of lithography and wet processes. This includes both the investigation of alternative materials (e.g. the investigation of cerium oxide free slurries for CMP processes) and their consumption reduction as well as the optimization of energy consumption to reduce the CO2 impact.