On July 18th, 1983, the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart was established.
It is one of the first research institutes founded in the early 80s to support local industry competing for market shares on the global microelectronics market and to offer sustainable support in the competition with Japan.
Equipped with a financial base of 90 Million German marks coming from the federal government, the state of Baden-Württemberg and industrial partners a building on Allmandring 30a on the premises of Universität Stuttgart was made available and, between 1985 and 1986, a for its time high-tech "cleanroom" was set up. The cleanroom facilitating complete equipment for the production and testing of micro chips was considered the ultimate for a research institute back then. Specializing in the manufacture of micro chips without masks but rather through a "direct writing process" in small quantities is central to the IMS business. This makes the IMS an important partner to small and medium scale companies who, of course, require fewer quantities of micro chips and would otherwise fail to cost-efficiently acquire their "own" microchips unlike large scale coporations.
25 years later, on July 18th, 2008, the IMS would like to commemorate its 25 Year Anniversary together with leading representatives and partners for industry, politics and science.