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Design Methodology

Today's electronic systems often consist of complex and perfectly coordinated hardware and software components that have to function reliably for many years and without visibly breaking down. What's more, they have to meet a great number of exacting requirements such as low energy consumption and high computing power under harsh ambient conditions. The increasing integration density of the systems and the use of the latest semiconductor technologies bring about physical effects that pose further enormous challenges to developers.

Mastering these challenges calls for new design methods and extensive tool support for designers of electronics. The scientists at the EAS Division are therefore working on identifying gaps in the design flow and on closing these gaps using innovative tools and services. This starts with the transparent implementation of the specification and extends through to predicting the effects the technology will have on system performance. The aim is a seamless design flow. This is the only way to ensure that the developed systems across all design steps comply with the specifications and that errors are identified before the components are built. This way, repeated and costly design cycles can be avoided and development times shortened.

The focus of our work is on complex safety-critical electronics with stringent requirements in terms of quality, robustness and reliability, which are used in durable, reliable products.

Efficient Electronics

The future of electronics is smart. It aims to support its users in many more areas of life while also being particularly sustainable and economical. However, its increasing miniaturization, new manufacturing technologies and more and more functions condensed into a tiny space pose a particular challenge when it comes to design and performance.

Our work therefore aims to counter the continual downsizing of semiconductor devices using new design concepts that guarantee the rapid, error-free and secure development of electronic systems. Another focus is on new technologies based on the "More than Moore" approach. These can be used to integrate a variety of modules in a single component, which in turn enables short conducting paths and efficient use of energy. Our design expertise at the Fraunhofer IIS/EAS also allows us to develop powerful technical systems that manage complex tasks using innovative approaches.

Distributed Data Processing & Control

In the future, adaptive systems will increasingly help us solve complex problems. They also help to avoid mistakes and to make particularly efficient use of resources. A basic prerequisite for this is the utilization of sensor data, which the systems often collect on a large scale. The Fraunhofer IIS/EAS develops solutions that allow these diverse quantities of data to be processed highly efficiently and through self-learning and to be interpreted. On this bases, we can derive optimal strategies for the control of systems.

Our methods are based on cutting-edge statistical analysis techniques coupled with many years of expertise, such as in data processing in distributed systems. In addition to reliable adaptive controls, strategies for the predictive maintenance of plants or for the quality management of automation systems emerge. Optimized energy management is another focus of our work; it specifically helps to increase the efficiency of plants and companies and to take advantage of potential savings.