The Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) is a union of institutes of the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics (VµE) and two research institutes (FBH, IHP) of the Leibniz Association with an industry-relevant background. The jointly developed concept aims at uniting the technological capabilities in a common technology pool, concertedly closing gaps in equipment availability and updating the most important lab equipment for microelectronics to an industrial standard. The goal of FMD is to offer customers from large-scale industry, small and medium-sized enterprises and universities the entire value chain for micro and nanoelectronics from a single provider in a straightforward way. Thus, resulting in a unique offering for German and European semiconductor and electronics industries. In addition, this new form of collaboration contributes significantly to strengthening the international competitiveness for European industry.
With the launch of the ICT 2020 research program “Microelectronics from Germany – Driver of innovation for the digital economy” and its support of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) invests approximately 800 million euros until 2020. For modernizing and extending their equipment, the 13 participating research institutes receive 350 million euros. The Fraunhofer Institutes located in Saxony receive 100.8 million euros from that budget.
Four technology parks comprise the inner structure of the FMD to push future-relevant areas of technology in a fast and efficient manner.
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, i.e. the Internet of Things
Technology Park 4: "Design, Test and Reliability" for design and design methods, quality, and security
Fraunhofer ENAS is represented with its expertise in the technology parks one, three and four. The existing locations of all involved institutes will be retained, while expansion and operation will be coordinated and organized in a shared business office in Berlin.