Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS
The Fraunhofer IMS exists as an independent institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since midyear 1984. In 1987, the staff moved into the specially constructed institute building that, according to rising requirements, was constructional extended in the years 1992, 2001 and 2005. The formation and development were carried out by the institute director of long duration Prof. Dr. Günter Zimmer. Since January 1st 2006, Prof. Dr. Anton Grabmaier has been in charge of our institute.
In accordance with the general principle of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft the Fraunhofer IMS carries out research, development and pilot fabrication of microelectronic solutions for industrial and public clients. Our second source of income consists of customers from the semiconductor industry.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS) was established in Duisburg in 1984. The Fraunhofer IMS is, through continued growth and innovative research and development, one of the leading institutes in Germany for applied research and development in microelectronics and CMOS-technology. Fraunhofer IMS offers a wide range of services and production of in silicon based devices and systems. The fabrication takes place in class ten cleanrooms, wafertesting rooms and an assembly-line with together more than 2500 square meters.
Fraunhofer IMS develops, produces and assembles smart sensors, integrated circuits and discrete elements (ICs and ASICs). It also offers the fabrication of devices on a professionally managed CMOS production line in small to medium quantities. In the new microsystems technology lab (MST-Lab) we integrate different micro- and nanofunctions directly on top of the signal processing CMOS circuits. This procedure is called post-processing. (600 square meters) The ICs are assembled in the cleanroom (400 square meters) of Fraunhofer IMS assembly facility. This facility supports the production of ICs in ceramic packages or as COB (Chip on board, COB). COB assembly is available from small quantities to several million units per year.
The Fraunhofer IMS offers R&D services tailored to our customer needs, providing efficient solutions ranging from the initial studies to the series products.
- Studies and feasibility studies
Consulting and concept development
Demonstrator and prototype development
Chip production (ASIC Production)
Development of soft- and hardware