The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics is collaborating with the Leibniz Association on a cross-location research and development factory for microelectronics and nanoelectronics. They are calling this cross-location research and development technology pool, Research Fab Microelectronics Germany.
Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project. On April 6, 2017, Education Minister Professor Johanna Wanka announced the grant approvals of 280 million euros for Fraunhofer and 70 million euros for Leibniz. This new concept is to have research and development across several locations with a shared office for coordinating operations.
Members of the Technology Pool
Eleven Fraunhofer Group institutes as well as the Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (IHP) in Frankfurt/Oder, the Ferdinand Braun Institute, and the Leibniz Institute for Maximum-frequency Technology (FBH), in Berlin intend to combine their technology research into a joint, cross-location technology pool and expand on it.
The institutes will retain their existing locations. However, a shared business office will serve as a central location for coordinating and organizing the operation and its expansion.
The goal of the cross-location project is to be able to offer customers ranging from large industry to small and medium enterprises, as well as universities the entire value chain for nanoelectronics and microelectronics from a single supplier.
Four Technology Sectors
The cross-institute work will focus on four technology sectors, Silicon technologies; Compound semiconductors and special substrates; Heterointegration; and Design, testing, and reliability. These focus areas will allow the member institutes to serve all of the essential areas of technology required for the research, development, and (pilot) manufacture of microsystems and nanosystems.
The Research Fab Microelectronics Germany will reorganize more than 2000 scientists and the equipment needed for technological research and development under one virtual roof. The initiative is also expected to create 500 jobs for qualified candidates.