Some of the electronics equipment needed for astronomical instruments is so specialized that it needs to be developed and built in close collaboration with the scientists. This is where MPIA's electronics department comes in: with system planning and development, manufacture and testing. One particular specialty of the department is custom-built readout electronics for infrared detectors and CCD.
To meet the demands of modern astronomical instruments, electronics hardware needs to be compact, efficient, cost-effective, and quickly available. This is achieved by designing modular systems, which are easily adaptable to specific applications. Using the same components in different instruments, the spare parts inventory is reduced and servicing simplified.
Students from Hochschule Mannheim often collaborate in the development of hardware and firmware, in fulfillment of their requirements for a diploma or master's thesis.