Fraunhofer IZM’s cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin has been close and productive since the institute’s establishment. The collaboration originated with TU Berlin’s Forschungsschwerpunkt Technologien der Mikroperipherik. The latter was founded by the university in 1987, with support from the then German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology and the Berlin senate. Headed by Professor Herbert Reichl, it became one of the world’s first research institutes for assembly and interconnection technology.
Since the founding of Fraunhofer IZM in 1993, there has been an intensive scientific exchange between the two institutions. With Professor Klaus-Dieter Lang taking over, the good tradition of joint leadership for the two institutions will be continued. In the area of smart system integration, the partners pursue the same aim, namely, to integrate components that may have been manufactured using very different technologies on or in a single carrier substrate. The advantages are higher flexibility and yield at lower costs along with high integration densities.