Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

To reinforce the position of Europe’s semiconductor and electronics industry beside global competition, eleven institutes within the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics have, together with the Leibniz Institute for Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP) and the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH), come up with a concept for a cross-location research factory for microelectronics and nanoelectronics. On April 6, 2017, this new form of cooperation got off the ground.

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:

Silicon-based Technologies

for sensor technology, actuation systems, and information processing technology

Compound Semiconductors

with modern materials for power-saving and communications technology


the latest combinations of silicon and other semiconductors; for example for the Internet of Things
(Investment: 43 million euros)

Design, Test and Reliability

for design and design methods, quality, and security