The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics VµE has been coordinating the activities of Fraunhofer Institutes working in the fields of microelectronics and microintegration since 1996. Its membership consists of twelve institutes as full members and three as associated members, with a total workforce of around 2,700 and a combined budget of roughly €255 million. The purpose of the Fraunhofer VµE is to scout for new trends in microelectronics technologies and applications and to integrate them in the strategic planning of the member institutes. It also engages in joint marketing and public relations work.
Further activities of the group concentrate largely on establishing joint focal research groups and projects. In this way, the group is able to provide innovative small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular, with future-oriented research and application-oriented developments that will help them gain a decisive competitive edge. The group pools the core competences of its member institutes in the following