IHP microelectronics

IHP – Leibniz Institute Innovations for High-Performance Microelectronics

IHP is a public funded German research institute located in Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany. With 300 employees and around 40 Mio EUR annual turn-over for operation cost and invest, IHP is dedicated to innovative solutions for wireless and broadband communication systems by close co-work of competent teams working in the fields of material research, process technology, circuit design, and systems. IHP owns a 1000 square meter; class-1 clean room and pilot line with production-grade tool-set for 0.25 and 0.13 μm technologies and offers its CMOS and SiGe BiCMOS technologies for Multi Project Wafer service and medium-volume prototyping to external customers, via EUROPRACTICE. About half of the institute’s staff is engaged with technology including the 24/7 clean room operation. IHP, while being a public research institution, also makes its semiconductor technology available to outside customers in the form of several distinct product lines, with industry-standard stability. Its multi-project wafer run business is particularly suited for the kind of microwave and millimeter wave systems with medium scale market volumes.

IHP’s SiGe BiCMOS technologies are tailored for high-performance, moderate-cost applications featuring up to 200 GHz fmax in 0.25 μm node and >300 GHz fmax in 0.13 μm node. Regarding the history of the development of SiGe HBTs, IHP helped to get the introduction of C into SiGe base accepted. Pioneer results were presented at the IEDM conferences 1997-99 including the first integration of SiGe:C HBT in 0.25μm CMOS technology. IHP’s activities in this field intent to combine best high-frequency performance and cost-effective HBT integration in CMOS technologies. In this direction, IHP demonstrated improved HBT concepts at the IEDM conferences from 2001-2017 achieving best-in-class values. Finally, IHP has has the world record of the fastest Si-based transistor manufactured so far.

Monolithic integration of photonics module to 0.13 μm BiCMOS process is one of the main goals of IHP to follow the “More than Moore” strategy. IHP has ongoing research activities in the field of silicon photonic devices such as waveguides, modulators, detectors for applications in data and telecom, implementation of transmitters and receivers in IHP technology, such as PIC and ePIC technology, Germanium photonics, application of silicon photonics in life sciences.


Role in FLASH

IHP will lead WP4.

It will be in charge of:

  • Technology development and providing access to CMOS pilot-line
  • Part of the SiGe growth for WP2 and WP4
  • Structural, morphological, and chemical characterization of materials grown in the consortium 

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