Information & Communication

Information and communication technology faces new challenges, because of the new era of increasing connectivity and digitalization. The efficient sharing and storing of data need ever larger data centers and the means to transmit electric and optical signals. Digitalization itself brings its own challenges: There is increasing demand for highly dynamic networks that can transport, process, and analyze data.

Fraunhofer designs integrated, miniaturized, autonomous, and robust sensor systems and wireless networks and constructs high-frequency systems and electro-optical components. The provided services also include the optimization of processes and transfer of construction technologies for highly integrated systems, reliability testing and service life forecasting and consulting and eco-design services for sustainable ICT products.  

A question of design: How form and functions support moderate and sustainable smartphone use

RealIZM-Blog-Series “Integrative Circular Economy” – Part 3 Smartphones are both a curse and a blessing. A blessing because they offer us security and enable us to contact our loved ones anytime and anywhere, quickly retrieve information and news, reach any…

MODEST CUBE: A vision of sustainable smartphone product design

RealIZM-Blog-Series “Integrative Circular Economy” – Part 2″ Most high-end smartphones have one thing in common – they all look very similar. Take any device from a leading manufacturer, and you will see  a powerful camera, a large display, and generally…

What makes modular smartphones sustainable for different user groups?

RealIZM-Blog-Series “Integrative Circular Economy” – Part 1 The average working life of a smartphone among the over-16s in Germany lasts only around 7 to 12 months. Users opt for newer models as a result of the fast innovation cycles, driven…

Berlin Center for Digital Transformation: Digitization Solutions for Industry 4.0 and IIoT

The four Fraunhofer institutes – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Fraunhofer HHI, Fraunhofer IPK, and Fraunhofer IZM – have been cooperating under the umbrella of the Berlin Center for Digital Transformation since 2017, pooling their expertise in the fields of information and communication…

ICT: How can digital technologies become greener?

At the beginning of March, the ministry invited the project partners to the online conference “Green ICT 2023 – Sustainable Information and Communication Technologies”. In the run-up to this conference, RealIZM spoke with Dr. phil. Lutz Stobbe, head of the…

High speed with optical signals: Will the printed circuit board of the future be made of glass?

The backbone of our digital world is made of glass: A network of optical fibers spans the globe and lets data criss-cross our globe. We also experience the digital world through a pane of glass: We interact with the online…

Wafer-level system integration on 300mm – The core competence of Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID

For more than 10 years, the “All Silicon System Integration Dresden – ASSID” center has been operating a state-of-the-art, industry-grade 200/300mm 3D wafer-level process line with modules for TSV formation, pre-assembly (thinning, separation), wafer-level assembly, and stack formation. The ASSID…

Sustainable mobile devices for the environment: Long live smartphones and tablets!

Mobility matters for people and their devices, but increasingly, so does sustainability. But smartphones, tablets, and the like generate considerable carbon emissions when they are produced and when they are used. In addition, valuable raw materials are used to make…

Space Electronics – Fit for Orbit!

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 stipulates that every nation enjoys free access to space. For the last 20 years, more and more nations have been launching commercial projects in space. Private spaceflight companies are planning to use micro and…

Robust5G – How clever module design slows down the material aging of 5G components

Communication networks like 5G need the many modules and components that make them up to be robust and long-lasting, whatever the environmental conditions or other circumstances may be. Researchers at Fraunhofer IZM have now developed a testing method which allows…