Main Focus of Research

Hybrid sensor systems for industrial applications

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Screen printed composit humidity sensor

From sensor to application

Sensor systems are an important part of our lives since they are the interface to the digital world. An intelligent sensor system should not only perform a function monotonously, but also interact with its environment and be able to react to it. Sensors provide the higher-level system with the required senses.

Fraunhofer ENAS develops complete solutions for material-integrable sensors, multisensory and electronic functionalities based on micro and nanotechnologies, integrated electronic components, intelligent signal conditioning and evaluation algorithms.

Fields of Work

  • Wireless, structure-integrated and material-integrable sensors
  • Sensory systems for Industry 4.0
  • Calibration methods and sensor signal conditioning minimized
  • Self-test functions
  • Functional safety
  • Block chain-based license management solutions

Equipment

  • Clean room for MEMS fabrication (all steps of fabrication sequence)
  • Assembly and test lab for smart systems
  • High power / high voltage test
  • RF spectrum analyzer (18GHz)
  • 4-Port vector network analyzer (50 GHz)
  • 2-Port vector network analyzer (110 GHz)
  • 2-Port vector network analyzer (6 GHz)
  • Power amplifier (9 GHz, 40 dBm)
  • Antenna test chamber
  • Climate chamber
  • Vibration and mechanical shock test equipment
  • LabWindows CVI and LabView for automated tests

Software tools

  • Code composer for firmware development
  • Layout Editor for MEMS mask set design
  • CST microwave studio
  • ANSYS
  • Spice (T-Spice, P-Spice, TI-Spice)
  • PCB design tools
  • MatLab
  • Mathematica