Finding solutions together

Amongst our 200 experts you will find just the one you need for your project. With decades of experience, state-of-the-art technological equipment and strong partnerships, we come up with innovative answers to your questions. Constant dialogue with our customers and partners ensures we develop processes, demonstrators and prototypes tailored to your needs and undertake individualized measurements.


Our Range of Services

Step 1




In cooperation with the customer, we develop concepts for your project and provide advice. Together we plan the technical and technological feasibility, e.g. with regard to the planned application, while considering your development and operating budget.

Step 2




We are your expert on III-V semiconductors. Our competences reach from material research, concepts and design up to state-of-the-art cleanroom technology, epitaxy and processing of wafers. Whether from A to Z or only a partial step of this chain: Starting with your goal, we create the perfect technological process development.  

Step 3

Modules and Demonstrators


After your components are developed, the integration begins. We support you with the development of modules and demonstrators. This ensures that your idea not only convinces theoretically, but that the interplay of every individual high-tech component works perfectly.



Services and Measurement Technologies

  • Infrared laser spectroscopy and high-frequency measurements
  • Analysis and structural characterization of semiconductors
  • Epitaxy-on-demand
  • Production of modules and integrated circuits
  • Multiproject wafer runs

Successful cooperations of Fraunhofer IAF


Existing successful cooperations with industrial partners




We offer you:

  • A cooperation tailor-made for your needs
  • Bundled technological and personnel competences
  • Years of expertise on the side of our scientists
  • A state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • A safe environment for your innovation
  • ISO certified processes and project management

Types of Cooperation

A cooperation with us is possible in many ways – depending on your goal, type of business and budget.

Direct Commissions

With clear objectives and tailor-made solutions for your business, a direct commission is recommended. At the end of the project, you are the sole user of our results and research.

Funded Project

Nationally or internationally funded joint projects with larger research consortia are best for overarching topics. At the end of the project, all results are disclosed.

Technological Transfer

Our epitaxy and technology is world-class. We can transfer specifically developed recipes and process steps to you and your foundry.


We conduct internal preliminary research in order to develop promising technologies. As a licensee, you can implement the technology in your company.

Strategic Partnership

For a long-term technological development in a specific field, we cannot only advise you and develop technology, but also plan your roadmap together with you.

Small & Medium-sized Companies

With »KMU Innovativ«, the BMBF offers small and medium-sized enterprises a public funding program that is largely open to topics and open all year round for submissions.


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Project Cooperations

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft offers, together with most of the larger research institutes, special funding programs for pre-competitive projects to develop core competences.

Funded Projects

Together with further partners, nationally or internationally funded joint projects can be carried out that deal with overarching topics.

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The »FMD-Space« of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany is a funding instrument through which technologically oriented start-ups can work with us.

Fraunhofer Venture

With its funding program »TechBridge«, Fraunhofer Venture supports the cooperation of any kind of start-up with Fraunhofer Institutes.

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Tenders of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

On this platform you will have the opportunity to get information on upcoming and latest tender procedures and to participate in such processes electronically.


Competence Center Quantum Computing

Bringing quantum computing into application: Learn more about opportunities for collaboration at the Competence Center.


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Success stories

At Fraunhofer IAF we can look back at numerous successful cooperations. Find a selection of our references here.


Quantum cascade lasers for better product quality

In cooperation with Fraunhofer IPMS, Fraunhofer IAF has developed a quantum cascade laser with a fast swinging MEMS lattice. The laser can measure a broad wavelength range within a millisecond while analyzing it, allowing identifying chemical substances in real time.


Amplifiers for data rates up to 1 Gbit/s

Together with Nokia, we develop gallium nitride based amplifiers for mobile radio base stations that cover the communication bands from 400 MHz up to at least 6 GHz, while also being highly energy-efficient.


Microwave amplifiers for precise weather forecasts

On board of the next generation of weather satellites of the ESA, our low-noise monolithic microwave amplifiers will circle the earth. They work with a frequency range from 54 to 243 GHz and eminently define, with their first-class performance, the precision of future weather forecasts.

Successful Cooperations

With whom we cooperate

In order to implement complex and extensive projects, Fraunhofer IAF also calls in external partners or licensees.

Competences can be bundled in clusters and alliances. In addition to industry and university, non-university research institutes are also involved, to develop tailor-made solutions for our partners.



To achieve the best possible results, we at Fraunhofer IAF work intensively in cooperation not only with universities and research institutes, but also with partners from industry.





The spin-offs of the institute commercialize and optimize innovative developments of IAF.