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  • 26.4.2016  by  Michael Teiwes

    Radar with 360° vision

    Nowadays it is impossible to imagine industry without robots. Safety laser scanners mostly safeguard dangerous areas and protect people from collisions. But optical sensors have their limitations, for instance when plastic surfaces, dust or smoke obstruct their line of sight. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new, high-frequency radar scanner that cuts through these obstacles. It can monitor its environment in a 360-degree radius, making it ideal for safety applications wherever people and robots work together.

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  • 26.4.2016  by  Michael Teiwes

    »Building Bridges« between ideas and products

    The transition of new ideas from basic research into marketable products for applications in industry and society remains a great challenge for modern science. How can we bridge this »valley of death«? Our answer is the applied research, with which we aim to bridge the gap between ideas and technologies, prototypes and innovations together with our manifold partners from industry, science and politics. In Fraunhofer IAF‘s Annual Report 2015/16 we present the supporting pillars for our bridge over the »valley of death« of semiconductor research.

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  • Energy efficiency, environmentally friendly materials and long lifetimes – these are the convincing properties of LEDs as new light sources on the market. LED lamps in different colors, categories and with different light outputs are available everywhere. But which criteria are important? How can you tell the quality of an LED lamp? To shed light on the different kinds of LED lamps, their best areas of application as well as on various technical terms, scientists at Fraunhofer IAF answer questions frequently asked by consumers.

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  • The data volume generated world-wide is doubling every two years – by 2020, it will have reached the unimaginable number of 40 zettabyte each year. As a result, business with hard drives and other storage media is thriving correspondingly. But the continuous increase in storage capacity also leads to a rising data density. The result is an exponential growth of the error ratio – and more deficient products that cannot be sold. This is where the Fraunhofer IAF comes into play with new research findings.

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