Microsystems, LTCC and HTCC


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Pressure sensors in 8 inch use

Multilayers based on Low or High Temperature Co-fired Ceramics (LTCC/HTCC) have a wide range of applications in different fields of electronics and Microsystems. With its ability to become three dimensionally structured, it is possible to integrate electrical circuits, to build up mechanical, fluidic or optical based sensory solutions and to realize ceramic packages for Si – based Logic or MEMS.

The advantages of LTCC/HTCC solutions are:

  • Realization of hybrid components with integrated dielectric, conducting, magnetic, piezoelectric and sensorial materials,
  • High temperature stability (300°C LTCC, >1000°C HTCC),
  • Excellent thermo-mechanical adaption to silicon,
  • Hermetical sealing,
  • Stability in aggressive atmospheres and
  • Outstanding high-frequency qualities (εR » 7, tan δ » 0,001).

The Fraunhofer IKTS has extensive tools for the design of multilayer ceramic based components and systems (FE-Tools: Ansys, Flex-PDE and COMSOL; Design Tools: Altium Designer and HYDE). A complete technology line for developing and producing of LTCC/HTCC components is available. Additionally we have the equipment for the functional characterization of ceramic microsystems (e.g. pressure- and flow-sensors) and for reliability studies.

Besides we use all well-known material systems of commercial providers as well as our in house developed materials like pastes and sheets for special applications.

The section “Technology” describes the principal manufacturing process of LTCC/HTCC-components. The section “Applications” is divided into the parts: Assembly- and joining technology, electronic components, microfluidics and microreactors, energy systems and sensors.




  • R&D services for ceramic multilayer-based components and systems
  • Material selection corresponding to the needed requirements
  • Design and construction
  • R&D for special applications
  • Integration of 3D structures (channels, membranes, cavities)
  • 3D-metalization
  • Sacrificial layer technology
  • Pressure-assisted sintering
  • Characterization and Test (see Post Processes)

Current research

Ceramic-integrated miniaturized coils for speed measurement in turbochargers

Current research

Detector for early warning systems


3D-microsystems in LTCC and HTCC


Ceramic Heater


Characterization and Calibration of mechanical sensors


Electronic Packaging


Microfluidics and Reactor Systems


Micro Energy systems


Optical Packaging


Passive Components


Radio frequency circuits