The Fraunhofer IPMS with its 300 employees is dedicated to applied research and development at the highest international level in the fields of photonic microsystems, microsystems technologies, nanoelectronic technologies and wireless microsystems. Innovative processes and products which are based upon our various technologies can be found in all large markets – such as information and communication technologies, consumer products, automobile technology, semi-conductor technology, measurement and medical technology. More than 50 percent of our annual operating expense of 35 million euros is financed by direct commissions from industry.
Regarding micromechanical and photonic microsystems we offer complete solutions: From conception to component right up to complete systems. This includes sample and pilot production in our 1500 m² (15,000 ft²) clean room (ISO 14644-1 class 4) with qualified processes. In order to meet the challenging demands of our customers, our institute is certified according to the standard DIN EN 9001:2008 for research, development and fabrication including semiconductor and microsystem processes as well as integrated actuators and sensor technologies.
Additionally, our business unit Center Nanoelectronic Technologies CNT provides services in the field of nano and microelectronics with functional electronic materials, processes and systems, device and integration, maskless lithography and analytics. Another 800 m² of clean room space (ISO 14644-1 class 6) is available for this purpose, along with analysis and metrology processes with atomic resolution and high sensitivity.