The Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS is the expert and development partner in the field of smart systems and their integration for various applications. Smart systems combine electronic components, micro and nano sensors as well as actuator components with interfaces for communication and a self-sufficient energy supply. Systems are increasingly equipped with the ability, on the one hand, to pre-evaluate data, detect errors and thus prepare decisions, and, on the other hand, to address and identify each other and work in consortia. They are the key to digitization and the Internet of Things and are applied in a variety of applications. The design, integration and technology to realize such systems require novel approaches and pose new tasks for interdisciplinary research.

Whether start-up, SME or large enterprise, Fraunhofer ENAS supports customer projects along the whole value-added chain of smart systems starting from the idea, via design and technology development or realization based on established technologies up to tested prototypes as well as technology transfer. In addition to technology development and smart sensor systems, the institute is increasingly focusing on building application demonstrators as part of upstream product development.

As a reliable innovation partner, we develop high performance sensors, new sensor and actuator systems based on integrated nano structures and standard technologies, beyond CMOS components, innovative integration technologies and extended reliability approaches. Moreover, we complement these topics by innovative developments in the fields of simulation, data analyses by means of artificial intelligence and security of systems. Through requirement engineering, we adapt the systems for different applications and embed them in higher-level, more complex systems.

In its technology portfolio and market development, Fraunhofer ENAS focuses on the three business units Process, Device and Packaging Technologies, Intelligent Sensor and Actuator Systems, and Systems and Applications, which are positioned along the value chain of smart systems.