IC Design and Layout

Today, semiconductor components are used in almost every technical device - from the intelligent control of smart household appliances and autonomous and intelligent vehicles to cell phones and networked machines in Industry 4.0 manufacturing. Within them, extensive functionalities are combined in a very small space. However, very specific applications with novel functional requirements, new fields of application, further miniaturization, better energy efficiency, lower manufacturing costs or higher reliability often require new and customized IC designs and layouts which are not available on the market in this form. Here Fraunhofer EMFT supports its customers in their search for an optimal system solution, a customized division between commercially available components and the development of customer-specific circuits.

IC Design and Layout at Fraunhofer EMFT
© Fraunhofer EMFT / Bernd Müller
IC Design and Layout at Fraunhofer EMFT

The comperehensive Fraunhofer EMFT IC design and layout services bring your innovative ideas to life. Our team of skilled professionals specializes in every aspect of the IC design process, ensuring top-notch quality and seamless execution. We offer the full design flow from thorough concept and feasibility studies and architecture exploration by delving deep into the project requirements, analyzing the technical feasibility and potential challenges. This crucial step allows us to lay a strong foundation for the subsequent stages, ensuring that ideas are not only innovative but also practical and achievable.

Our team takes charge of IC planning, engage in circuit design, layout and verification to guarantee optimal performance and reliability. With an acute attention to detail and adherence to design rules, we ensure that design and layout are optimized for performance, manufacturability, and reliability. We accompany the manufacturing process, developing the test- and characterization platform. We understand the importance of effective organization and collaboration to ensure a smooth workflow and conduct an effective project management. At every step of the way, our circuit design team at Fraunhofer EMFT is committed to delivering exceptional IC design and layout services for research topics. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we transform your ideas into reality, enabling you to make a mark in the world of integrated circuits.

Fraunhofer EMFT circuit design team develops customer specific integrated circuits e.g. in the fields of:

  • Ultrasonic MEMS devices
  • Chip Design for Neuromorphic computing
  • Analog-to-digital converters (ADC)
  • RF and mmW frequency synthesizer
  • High-voltage drivers for sensors and actuators
  • Current and voltage references

Our services include:

  • Concept studies
    • Feasibility studies
    • IC Concept R&D, Architecture exploration
  • IC planning, coordination and project management
  • Design
    • Circuit design, top-level integration and validation
    • Layout
  • Prototyping, characterization and test
    • Service by the Fraunhofer EMFT circuit design team
    • Development of prototyping platform tailored to specific customer design requirements

This offering for IC Design and Layout is available at Fraunhofer EMFT for your application topics. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC)


Strategic Research Topic: Neuromorphic Computing


Technology Offering: Chip Design Prototyping Lab

Project: Power-saving Chips for Neuromorphic Computing

Project: Boosting the Energy Efficiency of Internet of Things