Competence for Chipdesign in North Rhine-Westphalia


The demand for chip production in Germany and Europe is growing.
NRW already has a history of being a strong location for chip design
and in engineers education. We want to expand these strengths through
a stronger collaboration of stakeholders in a virtual competence center
for chip design. By establishing a chip design academy with sup port of
the local universities and research organizations, we can reach new levels.

CHIPS.NRW is establishing an ecosystem for young talents to start a career in the chip design industry and wants to enable more SMEs and startups to build scalable products based on custom microchips. CHIPS.NRW provides help for SMEs and startups to get their idea into a chip. We remove entry barriers by giving access to a network of  experienced design houses and device manufactures, as well as to design tools, prototype manufacturing, consulting, design training and chip IP. Furthermore, we combine the following key features for a successful chip design network:


Our Members

12 SME and LE partners, one public institution, 8 universities and 3 research institutes from NRW are already working on making chip design »Made in Germany« big again


advICo is an SME acting as a research and design service provider in Europe, Israel, USA and Canada. Typical ASIC developments are in the areas of Fiber optic communications, wireless communications, RADAR, LIDAR and other sensor systems, power electronics, and radiationhard circuits for satellites.


IMST GmbH is a chip- and system-design house as well as a devel opment center for communication systems and radio modules. At IMST, 180 employees develop ICs and systems with the corresponding antenna technology for applications in the automotive, industry 4.0 and aerospace sectors.

Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is a technology leader in the field of electronic equipment for radio frequency measurement technology. In the mixed-signal ASIC design center in Duisburg, 40 employees develop high-frequency ASICs in SiGe BiCMOS technologies for exclusive use in the R&S product range.

Cyient GmbH (AnSem)

The AnSem division of Cyient GmbH is a leading provider of ASIC Design Services for analog, RF, mixed-signal and digital chips, specializing in ultra-low-power designs for wired and wireless connectivity.

Infineon AG (incl. EPOS GmbH & Co. KG)

The Infineon AG branch in Duisburg employs over 100 people, of which most are working on chip-designs for automotive applications. The subsidiary also provides regional sales and support services for customers and is active in recruiting new talents.

Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS

With approx. 250 employees, Fraunhofer IMS develops mixed-signal ICs in foundry technologies and post-CMOS processes based on its in-house clean rooms. It specializes on RISC-V processors for embedded-AI, LIDAR and IR sensors with applications in industrial, automotive and medical applications.

Elmos Semiconductor SE

With more than 300 employees, mostly in R&D, Elmos is a turn-key ASIC manufacturer for automotive mixed-signal chips including analog and digital design, test development, hardware and software co-design.

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FH Dortmund)

At FH Dortmund, research is carried out on mixed-signal designs for on-chip power management, optical sensor readout and efficient digital embedded AI hardware. It is the first university to join the ATLAS CERN collaboration with radiation-hard circuit designs for the ATLAS and CMS experiments.

Hochschule Düsseldorf – University of Applied Sciences (HSD)

The Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences is particularly involved in the design of digital CMOS circuits and on FPGA boards. In the network CHIPS.NRW, the HS Düsseldorf intends to intensify the education of students in the fi eld of chip design.

Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR

The Fraunhofer FHR is the largest research institute for radar technology in Europe. It develops key enabling technologies for applications like imaging, material characterization or security, based on high-frequency ICs for up to 300GHz. Fraunhofer FHR is working on increasing the visibility of the fi eld for new talents.

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