Press Releases

  • Fraunhofer internal project "BIOSYNTH" / 2024

    BIOSYNTH – “Modular high-throughput micro-platform for mass data storage of the future from synthetic biology”

    Press Release / July 03, 2024

    The BIOSYNTH project is funded by the Fraunhofer Society and aims to develop a new microchip platform that enables efficient and digitally controllable cell-free biosynthesis. The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS leads the consortium and collaborates with the Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM and the Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, part of Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses IZI-BB, on technologies that can be used in the future for mass data storage with very high storage density or in pollutant screening in human toxicology.

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  • Project MesSi develops silicon-based photodiodes for the near-infrared range / 2024

    Photodiodes based on cost-effective silicon expand the usable range in measurement technologies

    Press Release / July 02, 2024

    Image sensors and their core component, the photodiode, are indispensable in numerous applications, whether in process, measurement, automotive or safety technology. In the near-infrared range, which is particularly important for many analytical applications, silicon-based photodiodes do not yet offer sufficient sensitivity. Therefore, other materials are used, but they are expensive and sometimes harmful to the environment. In a new project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS, sensitive silicon-based photodiodes, which are more cost-efficient in production, are now being developed for the first time. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (BMBF) funds the MesSi project with 566,000 euros for a period of three years.

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  • “ThrombUS+” project funded with € 9.5 million / 2024

    EU project develops portable diagnostic device for the early detection of deep vein thrombosis

    Press Release / June 18, 2024

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a significant health risk. In about half of patients, the blood clot breaks away from the vein wall and travels to the lungs, where it can cause a pulmonary embolism. Approximately 25% of people who suffer a pulmonary embolism die as a result. This makes it the third leading cause of cardiovascular death worldwide, after stroke and heart attack. The danger: In up to two-thirds of all cases of thrombosis, people have no symptoms. This makes early detection a major challenge. The EU project "ThrombUS+" brings together 18 European partners to develop a new, portable diagnostic device. The EU is funding the project with €9.5 million as part of the Horizon Europe Innovation Action.

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  • Material characterization of metal oxides and organic materials / 2024

    Developers of thin-film gas sensors benefit from heated substrate platform

    Press Release / June 11, 2024

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS develops and manufactures individual heatable test chips for the characterization of new gas sensor materials. Deposited sensing layers and their application-specific parameters, such as sensitivity and selectivity, can thus be specifically evaluated. Customized chip designs allow the optimal and highly accurate characterization of these thin films.

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  • New Edge AI solutions for intelligent sensors to help predict and maintain industrial systems / 2024

    Fraunhofer IPMS develops an intelligent demonstrator for the predictive maintenance of industrial plants

    Press Release / June 06, 2024

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS presents a groundbreaking demonstrator for predictive maintenance of industrial equipment. The demonstrator uses advanced sensor technology combined with artificial intelligence (AI)-based data processing to detect potential machine damage at an early stage and avoid costly downtime.

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  • MEMS-based ultrasonic transducers for SMEs / 2024

    Fraunhofer consortium presents one-stop store for micromechanical ultrasound at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg

    Press Release / May 31, 2024

    The institutes Fraunhofer ISIT, IPMS and ENAS are presenting a pioneering initiative to promote MEMS-based ultrasonic sensor technology at SENSOR+TEST in Nuremberg, Germany. Their one-stop shop offers customized solutions for companies that want to benefit from the advantages of this technology.

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  • French state visit to Fraunhofer highlights the importance of microelectronics / 2024

    Macron and Steinmeier visit Fraunhofer in Dresden

    Press Release / May 26, 2024

    Following an invitation from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French President Emmanuel Macron made the first official French state visit to Germany in 24 years. During their three-day schedule, both presidents also visited the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden to highlight the importance of collaboration between France and Germany in ensuring Europe's technological sovereignty, particularly in the field of microelectronics.

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  • Fraunhofer IPMS revolutionizes environmental analysis with new n-well integration technology for ISFETs / 2024

    A milestone in sensor technology: parallel measurement of multiple water parameters with a single sensor chip

    Press Release / May 23, 2024

    A groundbreaking integration technology for the simultaneous measurement of various water parameters using ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs) is presented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS. The newly developed n-well integration technology makes it possible to measure pH values, nitrate, phosphate and potassium concentrations in parallel and continuously with only one sensor chip. This innovation opens new horizons for environmental and bioanalytics.

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  • In a joint development project spanning around one year, important progress was made in the production of “Smart power technologies”. Fraunhofer IPMS provided significant support to the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon by supplying selected process modules within the entire CMOS process value chain on 300 mm wafers.

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  • Fraunhofer internal project "Hot" / 2024

    Transparent emissive microdisplays for ultra-light and compact augmented reality systems

    Press release / April 23, 2024

    As part of the HOT project (High-performance transparent and flexible microelectronics for photonic and optical applications), scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS have developed a semi-transparent microdisplay. This microdisplay is significantly lighter than conventional combiner-based optical see-through near-to-eye systems and offers high resolution. The microdisplay will be presented at the SID Display Week 2024 in San Jose, USA, at the German Pavilion, booth number 1124.

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