Smart machines, autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, wearables, personalized medicine, predictive maintenance systems, voice and gesture control – all these applications are based on electronic based systems (EBS), which smartly connect and integrate hardware and software and – integrated into applications – can make products and processes smarter, more efficient and also more secure.

We work with key technologies that will influence future products and processes in the electronic based field, before they are brought to market. The EBS journey is only starting. We are available as an application-orientated research partner and cover the whole development chain from the laboratory to practice, from the idea through to the design, from simulation to the prototype.

Unfold the future with electronic based systems (EBS)

Electronic based systems – EBS – are components, modules and devices with microelectronics and nanoelectronics, as well as embedded software. They are the technological backbone of digitalization.

With the research areas Sensor Systems, RF Systems, Power Electronics, System Integration and Embedded Systems, SAL is offering “key enabling technologies” for precisely these electronic based systems and is laying the basis for smart products and processes that create the foundations for things such as Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IOT), autonomous driving, cyber-physical systems (CPS), AI, smart cities, smart energy and smart health.

Research is carried out at both model level and hardware level (components, assemblies and devices with microelectronics and nanoelectronics) as well as the attendant embedded software level, in conjunction with the holistic knowledge of comprehensive system integration.

The research programs relate to relevant major topics with forward-looking development potential and promote high-quality cooperative research with partners from research and industry; they have long-term perspectives (up to 10 years). Despite the long-term orientation, they are subjected to an annual review process by an international scientific board in order to be able to react to new trends and developments. They cover research areas in one or more research divisions and thus form the basis for cooperation of the individual areas.

The research projects envisaged for this are set up for a medium-term period (2-4 years) and work on specialized research questions related to issues of the research programs. The conception of the research projects is an ongoing process that is constantly supplemented and enhanced.

Sensor systems

Sensory organs of digital life

In the Sensor Systems research division, the team uses the basis of state-of-the-art technologies to work on different sensors that collect information from the environment, inspired by all five senses. From the multitude of sensors, it is important to find the optimum combination in order to use it, with the help of intelligent algorithms and recent developments, to expand the heterogeneous integration of smart sensor systems for various applications.

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RF systems

Enable wireless connectivity

In the RF Systems (RF – Radio Frequency) research division, everything is part of innovative solutions for wireless communication and radar technologies that cover the complete high-frequency spectrum – from the MHz range to the very high GHz range. In the wireless sensor networks area of research, there are strong ties with the Sensor Systems division.

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Power electronics

Convert energy efficiently

In the Power Electronics research division, new, more-powerful solutions are researched for all types of electric energy transformers in all power classes, from the system and control design, through to switching structures and to integration methods and construction elements in new technologies.

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System Integration

Combine diverse technologies

The research area System Integration Technologies deals with the hardware part of system integration. In order to connect the individual components of an electronic system with each other, heterogeneous integration technologies, extensive knowledge of electromagnet compatibility testing and multiphysical system simulation are required. 

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Embedded Systems

Enable smart interaction

System Inte­gra­tion consists of archi­tec­ture defi­n­i­tion, modeling, inte­gra­tion and vali­da­tion of different hard­ware and soft­ware compo­nents to form a supe­rior overall system with increased func­tion­ality and perfor­mance. When inte­grating systems, it is a matter of opti­mizing secu­rity, coex­is­tence, inter­op­er­ability, power consump­tion, elec­tro­mag­netic compat­i­bility, compact­ness and costs.

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