The Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (LZE) is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer IISB, and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), in addition to other non-university research institutes and various industry partners. The center grew out of many years of intense cooperation between the Fraunhofer institutes in Erlangen and FAU, in addition to the unique concentration of electronic systems research activities and industries based in Nuremberg-Erlangen. Research excellence and joint planning have created the foundation for a comprehensive, long-term strategic partnership between Fraunhofer, FAU and the electronics industry. The LZE, which launched a pilot phase in January 2015, is being funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs- and Media, Energy and Technology.
Complex electronic systems are the foundation of every modern industrial and consumer application and therefore a significant economic factor. In Germany, particularly in Bavaria, extensive value-add is being created in industries that have a high degree of system integration. This includes the automotive, plant engineering, automation technology and energy/power industries. The same applies to regulated sectors such as the medical/health care technology industry, where approvals for entire systems must be obtained prior to market entry. Furthermore, the use of electronic systems in traditional industries like sports article manufacturing creates opportunities for new products such as so-called wearables.
The partners not only build and continually develop the working relationship through processes such as joint roadmapping, they also jointly create new cooperation models. The center structures its research activities to ensure that the results lead to the development of successful and innovative products for the industry partners.
The goal of this approach is to address the future challenges involved in the development of complex electronic systems through an open engineering platform that serves as a methods-based framework for generating, distributing and applying research results to all participants involved in the innovation process.