Increasing functionality in microelectronics can improve quality and performance while opening the door to new application areas for microelectronics.
These efforts will have a major impact for a wide range of applications, such as medicine and green energy. The innovations require new devices and new materials. IHP has the following competences in the field of device and material innovations:
For optical data transmission and processing, it would be a huge breakthrough if integrated light sources in silicon-based circuits could be realized.
The potential for complex microelectronics in the field of medical engineering is largely undeveloped. New therapy and early diagnosis measures could be developed with the help of complex microelectronics.
Quantum bit devices
Because of its specific functioning principle, quantum computers have the potential to solve problems for which classical computers work too inefficiently.
A neural network consists of simple processing units, the neurons, as well as weighted connections between these, the so-called synapses. In the future memrestive components could represent the function of synapses in integrated circuits.
Due to the unique electronic structures, graphene and other 2D Materials are considered as materials which can enable and extend the functionalities and performance in a large variety of applications, among them in microelectronics.
Emerging materials for future devices
Plasmonic structures focus electromagnetic waves in tiny structures and hereby enable a new generation of fast components as well as molecular detectors of the highest sensitivity.