Research Fab Microelectronics Germany
One-stop store: From basic research to customer-specific product development.
Since April 2017, IHP and 12 other member institutes have formed the cross-location collaboration Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik Deutschland (FMD). With over 2000 scientists from the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics and the Leibniz Institutes FBH and IHP, this research alliance is the largest and world's leading research and development group for applications and systems in micro- and nanoelectronics.
With the aim of conducting research and development in Germany across several locations, FMD was in the start-up phase until 2020, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around 350 million euros. This mainly involved modernizing the research equipment of the 13 participating institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz Association. With a new concept for sustainable operation, FMD is entering the productive phase after the end of the project period.
In addition to the range of services for its customers from industry, FMD also offers a wide variety of cooperation opportunities for its partners in science. Here, the offers that are directly aimed at a cooperative processing of research questions, such as joint work in joint projects and the operation of the joint laboratories, the so-called Joint Labs, are to be emphasized. In addition, it is possible to request FMD institutes to test special concepts from basic research on the institutes' facilities with regard to their suitability in more application-oriented environments.