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Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions. The majority of our 29,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.4 billion euros are generated through contract research. Around two thirds of Fraunhofer’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and publicly funded research projects. The remaining third comes from the German federal and state governments in the form of base funding. This enables the institutes to work on solutions to problems that are likely to become crucial for industry and society within the not-too-distant future.
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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. Smart systems are applied in a variety of fields. 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. If standard components do not meet the requirements, Fraunhofer ENAS provides expert assistance in the realization of innovative and marketable products.
The services of Fraunhofer ENAS are focused on design, micro and nano technologies, printed functionalities, specific components as well as smart systems integration and reliability. As a reliable innovation partner we develop high performance sensors, new sensor and actuator systems based on integrated nano structures, 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.
In order to focus its activities and to ensure a long-term scientific and economic success, Fraunhofer ENAS puts special emphasis on the five business units Micro and Nanoelectronics, Sensor and Actuator Systems, Technologies and Systems for Smart Power and Mobility, Technologies and Systems for Smart Health as well as Technologies and Systems for Smart Production. The business units address different markets, different customers and different stages of the value chain depending on the required research and development services.
From an organizational point of view, Fraunhofer ENAS is subdivided into the departments Advanced System Engineering, Micro Materials Center, Multi Device Integration, Nano Device Technologies (the former department Back-End of Line), Printed Functionalities, System Packaging, and Administration. The headquarters of Fraunhofer ENAS are located in Chemnitz. The department Advanced System Engineering is located in Paderborn. In addition, a project group of the department Micro Materials Center is working in Berlin-Adlershof.