Fraunhofer IPMS and Infineon Collaborate on Smart Power Technology Development

Fraunhofer IPMS and Infineon Collaborate on Smart Power Technology Development

Fraunhofer IPMS provided significant support to the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon by supplying selected process modules within the entire CMOS process value chain on 300 mm wafers. The collaboration played a key role in the process development for the factory expansion at Infineon Dresden. Over 2000 wafers were successfully processed as part of this collaboration. The wafers were exchanged several times between Fraunhofer IPMS and Infineon Dresden to ensure optimal use of resources and optimum integration into the production lines.

"The results of this joint project are extremely promising and mark a significant step forward for the production of smart power technologies at Infineon Dresden," commented project manager Andreas Thamm from Infineon. "The close collaboration and the provision of process modules by Fraunhofer IPMS have enabled us to move ahead faster than planned with the process transfer to 300 mm equipment needed to expand our manufacturing capabilities."

The successful implementation of this project underlines the technological expertise and effective collaboration between Fraunhofer IPMS and its cooperation partners. The fact that several joint projects have already been completed with semiconductor expert Infineon proved to be valuable: "We have been working together for years," confirms IPMS project manager Dr. Malte Czernohorsky "In this project, Fraunhofer experts worked closely with colleagues from Infineon. The teams are now well-attuned to each other. Our cooperation was always focused on achieving results, and our colleagues at Infineon were very accommodating towards our ideas, which commends Czernohorsky. "Based on the positive experiences from previous years, we are already thinking about follow-up projects."

This milestone and the expansion of capacities in the Smart Power Fab area illustrate Infineon's ongoing efforts to further strengthen its position as a leading supplier of high-performance circuits, particularly at the Dresden site. With the construction of the new Smart Power Fab, Infineon is making one of the largest single investments in its history. The semiconductor manufacturer aims to increase the speed at which it expands its semiconductor production capacities and to further strengthen Europe as a chip manufacturing location. This is an important contribution to meeting the growing global demand for semiconductors - for example for applications to generate renewable energy, for use in data centers, and electromobility.

Infineon's work is being funded by the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, and the Free State of Saxony as part of an Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) in the fields of microelectronics and communication technologies. The funding supports the development of future-oriented, innovative microelectronics and communication technologies up to market maturity. The aim is to complete the European value chain, contribute to European technological sovereignty, and promote climate protection through energy-efficient technologies and processes.