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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Power amplifiers for 5G made of gallium nitride

The wireless data transmission via mobile communication is reliable and affordable. However, data volume per user is rising exponentially. Causes are not only the continuously growing number of smartphones, but also trends as car-to-car (C2C) or machine to machine (M2M) communication – cars and machines need to communicate in high speed with each other.

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About Fraunhofer IAF

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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 / 16.3.2017

Higher Energy efficiency with gallium nitride

EU project GaNonCMOS aims to bring GaN power electronic materials, devices and systems to the next level of maturity.


News / 10.3.2017

Climate, environment and security – the infrared technology offers solutions

43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium at Fraunhofer IAF


News / 11.1.2017

Higher ranges with less energy: mobile with gallium nitride

In order to turn emission-free driving over long distances into an achievable goal, new technologies based on modern semiconductor materials are being developed.


News / 2.1.2017

Change in Institute Management 

After almost ten years as Institute Director, Prof. Dr. Oliver Ambacher has left the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF on 31 December 2016.

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Infrared Colloquium

From March 14 – 15, the »43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium« will offer a renowned international platform for infrared technology experts.



May 14 – 18, 2017: The Compound Semiconductor Week is the premier forum for science, technology and applications of compound semiconductors.


PCIM Europe

At the PCIM Europe in Nürnberg from May 16 – 18, 2017 the Fraunhofer IAF will present latest research findings for power electronics.


Laser World of Photonics

At the »Laser World of Photonics« held from June 26 – 28, 2017 the Fraunhofer IAF presents its latest developments of semiconductor laser chips and modules.