History of the Fraunhofer IISB


The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB in Erlangen is an important center of applied R&D for electronic systems, power electronics, semiconductor technology, and materials development in Europe, Germany, and the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region.

It was founded in 1985 as the electron devices department AIS-B of the Fraunhofer Working Group for Integrated Circuits.

In 1993, it turned into a Fraunhofer institute (IIS-B), but was still formally linked to its sibling institute IIS-A, today’s Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.

In 2003, IIS and IISB became completely independent from each other as two individual Fraunhofer institutes.

From 1985 until his retirement in 2008, the IISB was headed by Prof. Heiner Ryssel.

Since 2008 Prof. Lothar Frey has been director of the IISB.

From the beginning, the institute has been closely cooperating with the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.