Fraunhofer IAF conducts research on innovative high frequency electronics as well as power electronics.
High frequency electronics cover the range up to 850 GHz. Such high frequencies and bandwidths are particularly useful for high precision sensors. This is due to the fact that the millimeter-waves used in these systems penetrate dust, fog, snow and clothes.
In the field of power electronics, researchers at IAF are concerned with the development of high performance amplifiers and circuits based on gallium nitride (GaN). These allow for particularly high data rates in mobile-to-mobile data transfer (up to 10 Gbit/s). These performances are essential for future cellular networks – 5G and 6G. At the same time, our technology is highly energy-efficient.
In addition, we work on developing new materials, for example high quality graphene layers and flakes as well as AIScN for piezoelectric filters.