The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( maintains more than 80 research units in Germany, including 60 Fraunhofer Institutes. The majority of the more than 17,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of €1.7 billion. Of this sum, more than €1.4 billion is generated through contract research. Two thirds of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and publicly financed research projects. With its clearly defined mission of application-oriented research and its focus on key technologies of relevance to the future, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft plays a prominent role in the German and European innovation process. Particularly, Fraunhofer Institute of Applied-Solid State Physics (IAF is a leading research and technology institute in the area of micro- and nanostructured compound semiconductors as well as diamond materials. Its aim to develop and produce micro- and optoelectronic circuits, modules as well as systems which are needed for mobile communications networks, optical data transfer, solid state lighting, detection of hazardous substances and medical diagnostics. The core competencies of Fraunhofer Henrich Hertz Institute (HHI- in Berlin are in the areas of Photonic Networks and Systems, Mobile Broadband Systems, Photonic Components and Electronic Imaging. 

“By joining the Green Touch Initiative, Fraunhofer teams up with industrial and academic leaders in ICT R&D to solve one of the vital challenges our world faces: to provide sustainable wireless connectivity for everyone at an minimum energy consumption in joule per bit… ”,

- Professor Oliver Ambacher, Director of Fraunhofer IAF




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