Berlin WideBaSe Initiative
,Berlin WideBaSe' is an innovative regional growth core focused on development, manufacturing and distribution of optoelectronic and electronic devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors.
Berlin WideBaSe was funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research with 6.5 million Euro (funding period: July 1st, 2010 - June 30th, 2013) and combines the know-how and technical resources of ten enterprises and three research institutions in Berlin - activities are ongoing. The FBH (Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik) is involved in seven of the overall eight joint projects and thus plays a pivotal role within the whole venture. Additionally, a coordinating office is established at the FBH supporting the management of the regional growth core.
,Berlin WideBaSe' aims at using and expanding Berlin’s existing technological and economical competence in semiconductor devices based on nitrides (AlInGaN). Acccording to the maxim “wide bandgap – gapless networking”, ,Berlin WideBaSe' targets to strengthen the market position of the companies involved in a wide variety of application fields and along value chains (equipment – substrates – epitaxy – device processing –assembly technology – system integration). Using synergy effects in the implementation of different devices for UV optoelectronics as well as microwave and power electronics, ,Berlin WideBaSe' assures the efficient use of technical infrastructure as well as human resources. Additionally, remaining gaps in the value chain shall be closed by (joint) founding of companies.
Applications and Markets
Target markets range from production equipment for semiconductor technology, especially for wide bandgap semiconductors (etching and deposition equipment, sensors for production control), substrates and epiwafers to devices and modules for UV technology and power electronics. The main focus is on optical technologies in order to benefit from Berlin’s particular strength in this technological field. Regarding end-use application of the devices, Berlin WideBaSe initially addresses the Berlin fields of expertise health care, life sciences and environmental engineering (energy-efficient solutions) as they are of great economic relevance and are already part of the business of some of the involved companies.
Transfer of Results
Innovations in life sciences are one of the addressed issues of the consortium 'Advanced UV for Life'. The basic technology for UV light sources has already been developed in the 'Berlin WideBaSe' consortium. Until 2020 the new consortium is focused on semiconductor-based UV LEDs that are used for a variety of applications. The consortium 'Advanced UV for Life' was successful in the 'Zwanzig20 - Partnership for Innovation' competition, announced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Currently, the interdisciplinary consortium comprises 24 partners - including research institutions, as well as industrial companies, from developers to manufacturers and system integrators to users of UV LED Systems.
In the context of Berlin WideBaSe supported by 'Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH' a lasting relationship with Warsaw partners from industry and academic institutions was also established. This is manifested in two 'German-Polish Workshops on Nitride Semiconductors', that will be carried in in the future. This collaboration provides a good basis for further research projects, some are already in preparation.