RF & Smart Sensor Systems

The »RF & Smart Sensor Systems« department stands for application-driven system design competence at Fraunhofer IZM, with focus on communication and radar sensor systems as well as on wireless sensor nodes and systems. Our current R&D activities concentrate on:

  • RF characterization of packaging materials and technologies up to 220 GHz
  • RF design of antennas, antenna systems and passive components
  • RF and high-speed system design
  • Design and integration of miniaturized wireless sensor nodes and systems
  • Power supply and energy management in microelectronic systems
  • Physical design tools and software

Using our holistic M3-approach (methodologies, models and measures), we ensure best design solutions first time right. This is achieved by systematically considering a multitude of factors that impact system performance right at the beginning of the design phase, e.g. the impact of electronic packaging materials and technologies, as well as the impact of fabrication tolerances on system performance.

Our laboratories are well equipped with state-of-the-art measurement equipment which operate from DC to 220 GHz.

 

Key Research Areas

Our key research areas currently focus on the development of low power wireless sensor nodes and systems as well as on RF and high-speed systems for communication and radar sensor applications.

Wireless Sensor Nodes and Systems

  • Power supply components and energy management
  • RF components for robust wireless communication
  • System-architecture and hardware design
  • Protocol design and optimization
  • Server-client software architecture

RF and High-Speed Systems

  • RF measurement-based characterization of dielectric materials
  • RF design and characterization of interconnects, packages and passive components
  • RF design and characterization of antennas and antenna systems
  • RF system-integration and module design, considering signal and power integrity issues

Services

We offer services in the following areas:

  • RF characterization of packaging materials and technologies
  • RF design of antennas, antenna systems and passive components
  • RF system-integration and module design
  • Design and integration of miniaturized wireless sensor systems
  • Power supply and energy management in microelectronic systems
  • Physical design tools and software

 

Equipment - Advanced System Engineering Lab

The Advanced System Engineering Laboratory comprises several electrotechnical laboratories, each featuring cutting-edge equipment and a wide range of industry-standard design tools. We provide comprehensive support with state-of-the-art tools for the application areas related to our three areas of research.