Helmholtz Nanoelectronic Facility (HNF)
The Helmholtz Nanoelectronic Facility (HNF) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich forms the central technological platform for nanoelectronics with an emphasis on “green microchips/computing” in the Helmholtz Association. It comprises a network of facilities, processes and systems for research, production and characterisation of nano and atomic structures for information technology with high strategic importance for the Key Technologies research field and JARA. The HNF facilitates broad access to these technologies
for universities, research institutions, industry and the direct transfer of knowledge to society. With this user centre as a second expansion stage, the HNF is achieving full status as a centre of excellence for nanoelectronics in the Helmholtz Association.
A paradigm change is imminent in information technology, which is driven by the requirements for new functionalities and increasingly higher-performance and more energy-efficient components. Therefore, the future lies in cross-system and radical alternative approaches for information processing and data transport. The Research Centre will meet this challenge with the construction of a nanoelectronic platform for bio-inspired architectures, quantum information, non-volatile memory and CMOS switches at its physical
Secure and environmentally-compatible use of energy represents one of the main challenges for modern society. Information technology must also face this challenge. The extreme hunger for energy of integrated circuits and applications is growing rapidly and currently lies at around ten percent of total electricity consumption for the Federal Republic of Germany, with a rising trend. The resource-conserving use of energy through increasing effi ciency plays a key role in this, so that "green microchips" and "green computing" are the challenges for society that need to be solved.
The HNF and the Peter Grünberg Institute participate in all EU networks (e.g., SiNANO, ENIAC/AENEAS, MEDEA+) and has a lot of cooperations (e.g. HP, IBM, Sony, AMD, Leti).
HNF is essential for the program "Fundamentals of Future Information Technologies", for the key technology area of the Research Centre Jülich, for JARA and for raising further cooperation in research and industry.