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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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76 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Microsystems Technology The group is developing a new class of electrostatic bending transducers. These include, for example, novel electrostatic microactuators, so-called nanoscopic electrostatic drives (NEDs), which will be used in microacoustics and microfluidics. Since January 1, 2018, the project group has become a part of the newly founded Fraunhofer IPMS “Integrated Silicon Systems” (ISS) division. www.b-tu.de/en/micro-and-nano-systems www.ipms.fraunhofer.de/en.html The IHP – Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Frankfurt (Oder) is an institute of the Leibniz Association. The 320 workers at IHP are researching and developing silicon-based systems, high-frequency circuits and technologies, and new materials. They are developing solutions for such applications as wireless and broadband communication, for aerospace, biotechnology, and medicine, for the automotive industry, as well as security technology and industrial automation. IHP has a 1,000 m² (10,700 sq. ft.) class 1 clean room where a pilot line for technological developments and the preparation of high-speed circuits with 0.13/0.25 µm SiGe- BiC-MOS technologies are operated. This service is also offered to industrial customers. IHP operates eight joint labs with universities in the region (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, University of Potsdam, HU Berlin, TU Berlin, and TH Wildau) as well as with universities in Poland and Turkey. They are intended to bridge the gap between research at IHP and the partners’ teaching and research. Topics range from reliable sensor networks (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) to wireless broadband communication systems (HU Berlin) and silicon photonics (TU Berlin). www.ihp-microelectronics.com www.ihp-microelectronics.com/en/joint-labs/overview.html One of the joint labs is located at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (TH Wildau) in the Photonics, Laser and Plasma Technologies Working Group. IHP employees are involved in teaching and students can complete internships and research for bachelor’s and master’s theses at IHP. Indeed, five graduates from Wildau are now on staff at IHP. IHP – Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics © IHP/Patrick Pleul But the research also benefits: IHP and TH Wildau are collaborating on the HOPBIT project, which is developing a technology platform for the integration of photonic silicon organic hybrid (SOH) devices into a silicon-based chip technology. The research project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). https://en.th-wildau.de/research-transfer/research-field-3- optical-technologiesphotonics Other relevant projects at TH Wildau are located in the Mechanical Engineering Department, for example the Materials Engineering Group is working on technology for microelectronic wire bonding together with the company Delvotec. With the expertise of the scientists and the help of various microscopic analysis methods, such contacts can be optimised, failure mechanisms can be clarified, and the reliability of electronic assemblies can be improved. The Institute for Materials, Development and Production at TH Wildau is home to the Microsystems Technology research group, headed by Prof. A. Foitzik. The group has extensive expertise in the field of plastics technology (CAD, CAM, simulation, as well as material and assembly). https://en.th-wildau.de/research-transfer/institute-formaterials-development-and-production

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Microsystems Technology 77 HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences even offers a degree programme in microsystems technology. A bachelor’s degree can be earned in six semesters and a master’s takes additional four semesters. In addition to a solid education in the core engineering skills, the programme also teaches modern simulation and CAD techniques, computer science, electronics, sensor technology, and microtechnology. In its current research projects, IDM is cooperating with such companies as Allresist Gesellschaft für chemische Produkte und Mikrostrukturierung mbH. Founded in the years after the Wall came down, Allresist is now one of the world’s best-known companies in the field of resists development for optical and electron beam lithography. For selected questions and resists, which are applied in innovative technologies of microelectronics, IDM is realising chemical syntheses for material and process development. Allresist then uses these to develop and produce special resists for optical and electron beam lithography as well as the associated process chemicals for the manufacture of electronic components. www.allresist.com https://mst-master.htw-berlin.de/en The Institut für Dünnschichttechnologie und Mikrosensorik e. V. (IDM) is a non-profit research institute active in the field of materials science. One focus area is the development of materials for optical technologies. Its work includes the chemical synthesis of optical and sensory functional materials, the development of structuring, processing, and replication technologies, as well as the development of optical and sensory functional elements. www.idm-teltow.de/idm-english.html A hotspot for the miniaturisation and integration of electronics is the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM. Here, too, companies and scientific institutions are supported in developing, establishing, and integrating robust and reliable electronics in applications. Fraunhofer IZM focuses on substrate and wafer level integration as well as the design and reliability of electronic microsystems. For example, work is being done on a universally applicable sensor platform with which sophisticated sensor technology can be made available more cost-effective in the future. Fraunhofer IZM emerged in 1993 from the research focus in microperipheric technologies at TU Berlin. Today, the Fraunhofer Institute and TU Berlin jointly operate the Berlin Center of Advanced Packaging (BeCAP), which is active in every aspect of miniaturisation and system integration. www.izm.fraunhofer.de/en/institut/netzwerk_weltweit/becap.html The “Start-A-Factory” laboratory complex was opened at Fraunhofer IZM in 2017. Together with start-ups, the researchers at IZM investigate which problems repeatedly occur in product development processes and develop tailormade solutions. In the end, the start-up garage of tomorrow will be built: with high-tech equipment tailored to the needs of young companies. Ball bond contact on a high-strength aluminium scandium (AlSc) chip metallisation © U. Geißler/TH Wildau www.izm.fraunhofer.de/en/institut/wege_der_zusammenarbeit/ start-a-factory.html The PhoxLab is also located at Fraunhofer IZM. It is a manufacturer-independent platform for testing photonic components and architectures at different levels of modern data processing: from chip level and rack-to-rack solutions to long-distance connections for the Internet of the future. PhoxLab emerged from the European funding project PhoxTroT. www.phoxlab.eu

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