About IHP

The IHP performs research and development in the fields of silicon-based systems, highest-frequency integrated circuits, and technologies for wireless and broadband communication. The focus of research at the institute is oriented towards issues relevant for business, resulting in applications for telecommunications, semiconductor and automotive industries, aerospace, telemedicine, and automation technologies. The institute has developed into an internationally recognized competence center for silicon-germanium technologies.

The strength of the IHP is evident in the scientific contributions to leading conferences around the world, by continuous success in attaining thirdparty funds and the steadily increasing number of international users of the Multi-Project Wafer and Prototyping Services. Along with the IHP staff’s exceptional competence, the cutting-edge modern technological equipment plays an important role in this success.

The IHP provides an important bridge between academia and industry. The Joint Labs with universities and universities of applied science in the Berlin-Brandenburg region have been particularly successful in this cooperation.


IHP provides MPW and low-volume manufacturing of monolithic electronic-photonic ICs.

Areas of activity

  • Development 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
  • Nonlinear devices, SiN photonics, Germanium and Carbon photonics
  • Characterization and modeling
  • Application of silicon photonics in life science

In the age of social-media and 24hrs connectivity data centers became a corner-stone of the internet. At the same time, disaggregation became a central topic for implementing future computing infrastructure. With this in mind photonic-electronic integration and scalability of photonic solutions moved into the focus of major electronic companies worldwide. During the last decade, there has been considerable effort world-wide to realize opto-electronic communication systems using silicon technology. Our main focus is development and application driven research in the field of silicon-based technologies, components and systems for high bit rate communications. Leveraging IHP’s high-speed RF SiGe:C BiCMOS technology and innovate in-house technology integration will enable opto-electronic technologies fit for future transceiver sub-systems and photonic-electronic ASICs.