Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics

Leading worldwide in III-V semiconductors

Fraunhofer IAF is a worldwide leader in III-V semiconductor research. We offer advice and support for the development of electronic and optoelectronic devices, components, and materials based on semiconductors. Our technologies are deployed in applications fields such as security, energy, communication, health, and mobility.

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World record in terrestrial radio transmission

Transmitting the contents of a conventional DVD in under ten seconds by radio transmission is incredibly fast – and a new world record in wireless data transmission. With a data rate of 6 Gigabit per second over a distance of 37 kilometers, a collaborative project with the participation of researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer IAF exceeded the state of the art by a factor of 10.

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About Fraunhofer IAF

For the first time, it is now also possible to gain insights into our research work with our short film. Take a look behind the scenes of Fraunhofer IAF with us.

Green electronics with diamond power devices

The key to the efficient transmission and conversion of low-carbon electrical energy is the improvement of power electronic devices, which must be durable and reliable in high power environments.

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Brilliant hard drive quality – with magnetic field sensors made of diamond

The data volume generated world-wide is doubling every two years – by 2020, it will have reached the unimaginable number of 40 zettabytes each year.



News / 1.7.2016

Structures for scientific top performances 

Fraunhofer IAF promotes its executive staff


Press release / 30.6.2016

Identification of tiny magnetic fields with quantum sensors made of diamond

Quantum mechanics is not only of high interest in fundamental research. The current progress in quantum technologies promises numerous innovations of industrial relevance, which will be transferred into the economy within the next five to ten years.


Press release / 23.5.2016

World record in terrestrial radio transmission

Multi-Gigabit wireless communication over the highest distances.


Press release / 1.4.2016

Radar with 360° vision

New high-frequency radar scanner for safety applications wherever people and robots work together.


News / 16.3.2016

INSIGHT: Meeting increasing demands at millimeter-wave frequencies

European research project optimized performances in 5G communication systems.

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Future Security

The »11th Future Security« from 13 – 14 September is an exchange platform for  researchers, experts and actors from research, industry, public bodies and authorities.

Conference and fair


The 19th European Microwave Week from October 3 – 7 Fraunhofer IAF will present the latest research results for millimeter wave and terahertz systems.