In Furtwangen and the region 50km around - especially including Freiburg -
several world class semiconductor research facilities are located:

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid-State Physics

The Fraunhofer IAF is a worldwide renowned research facility for III-V semiconductors, including e. g. essential contributions to the inventions of white LEDs and semi-insulating GaAs.



Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

The Fraunhofer ISE is a worldwide renowned research facility for solar cells. E. g. the efficiencies of their III-V solar cells are within the best worldwide.



University of Applied Science Furtwangen

FHF Furtwangen is a leading university for software engineering in Germany. The ZeMiS center for micro technology does valuable research concerning the micromachining of Silicon.