Low power and communicative microsystems may be the turnkey solution for industry.
Factories, cars, agriculture, medicine and many more areas use microsystems. The Technical University of Berlin is working in cooperation with Fraunhofer IZM. She explains how these low power microsystems work. Additionall, she points ou which potential they can have for certain applications.
“The department RF & Smart Sensor Systems designs smart sensor systems and RF components for integration. They function as subsystems, as part of something bigger, like a car, a production facility, or even a human being. This means that everything revolves around sensor systems and radio transmissions. In terms of progress with interconnect technologies and our interdisciplinary cooperation here at the Institute, we are able to optimize these systems from many very different points of view, e.g. reliability or miniaturization.
The expectations get tougher when it comes to firmware/software implementation and the functional design. With every added feature, the system gets more and more complex, and its specifications have to be weighted differently for an optimum trade-off. Mostly, the trade-off is between energy, size or space, and data volume in a desired range. Trends like IoT, Industry 4.0, or 5G bring about many new solutions, all of which depend on the right infrastructure. The more intelligent the sensor systems are, the more autonomously and independently systems can operate.” (Julia Günther-Sorge, Fraunhofer IZM)