The concept for the research fab was designed jointly by Fraunhofer and Leibniz to combine their skills in a pool for technologies. For the modernization and extension of their equipment the 13 research facilities receive around 350 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The focus of the cross-institute work will lie on four future-relevant areas of technology. Having a knowledge edge in these areas is one of the basic prerequisites for important areas of application and will provide Germany and Europe with the necessary clout among international competition:
- Technology Park 1: The latest "Silicon-based Technologies" for sensor technology, actuation systems,
and information processing technology
- Technology Park 2: "Compound Semiconductors" with modern materials for power-saving and communications
- Technology Park 3: "Heterointegration" – the latest combinations of silicon and other semiconductors;
for example for the Internet of Things
- Technology Park 4: "Design, Test and Reliability" for design and design methods, quality, and security
The institutes’ existing locations will be retained, while expansion and operation will be coordinated and organized in a shared business office. The aim is to be able to offer customers from large industry, small and medium enterprises, and universities the entire value chain for microelectronics and nanoelectronics in an uncomplicated manner and from a single supplier.
The establishment of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany will be a unique offering available to the German and European semiconductor and electronics industry. The cooperation of a total of 13 research institutes and more than 2000 scientists is already the world’s largest pool for technologies and intellectual property rights within the area of smart systems. This new form of cooperation will make a major contribution to strengthening European industry’s competitiveness internationally.