Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden

To shift the limits of the feasable and imaginable.

Elektronik Netzwerk cfaed

Perspectives of electronics

The cfaed is an excellence cluster within the scope of the excellence initiative of the German Federation and the German Federal States. As an interdisciplinary research center for perspectives of Electronics, it is located as a central research institution at the TU Dresden.

However, alongside the TU Chemnitz, also nine extramural research institutions in Saxony are embedded in it as cooperation institutes. The cluster unites 300 scientists from approximately 30 nations. With its vision, the cluster wants to create the future of Electronics and initiate revolutionary new applications, such as Electronics which do not require boot time, and are able to do THz imaging and support complex biosensors. To achieve its goals, the cfaed unites the desire of the Natural Science for findings with the innovative capacity of engineering. Five research directions, called "routes" at the cfaed, will be inspired by new materials: Organic Electronics, Reconfigurable Electronics, Spin-Orbit Moment Electronics, Terahertz Electronics and Biomolecular Circuits. The sixth route, called orchestration, develops its innovations by means of new systems and is supposed to dissolve the classical structure of electronic systems (memory, logic and sensor technology). Thanks to these innovations, improved performances and applications become imaginable, which would not be possible with the continuation of today's commonly used technology based on silicon chips.

In August 2018, a new building for the cfaed was handed over to the TU Dresden. The technological centerpiece and at the same time the most challenging part that was structurally engineered were the microscopy rooms for the Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis (DCN). The latest infrastructure of technology enables the DCN to support research projects of the cfaed by providing the latest nanoanalytical methods.

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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fettweis

Vodafone professor at the TU Dresden

Gerhard P. Fettweis did his PhD at the RWTH Aachen University under the supervision of H. Meyr. After working for IBM Research in San Jose for a year, he went to TCSI in Berkeley. Since 1994, he has been the Vodafone Professor at the TU Dresden and since 2018, he has been managing the Barkhausen Institute. He conducts research on wireless transfer and chip design, coordinates two German Research Foundation Centers (cfaed and HAEC), the 5G Lab Germany, has founded sixteen start-ups and is a member of two German Academies: (Sciences) "Leopoldina", (Engineering) "acatech".