IoT, Industry 4.0, Big Data – there is no question that digitalization has come to play a major role in virtually all areas of our day-to-day lives. Secure electronic systems are required as the »infrastructure« of this interconnected world. The words »secure« and »safe« have various facets here, comprising such aspects as failsafe operation, protection from manipulation and unwanted access as well as safe usage and increasing the safety of human beings.
Electronic systems have to be 100% reliable in offering failsafe operation in sensitive areas such as medical technology, automotive industry and aerospace technology. With its R&D activities in the fields of malfunction analysis and characterization, ESD test and protection concepts, functional reliability, special qualification processes, monitoring of electrical connections, hardware security and manipulation protection as well as personal safety, Fraunhofer EMFT pursues the goal of enabling so-called zero-defect systems.