MINA-NEWS

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December 2012

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3D packaging: Leti unveils a test pattern library

Leti now offers partner businesses and universities an expansive library of 3D test patterns, built from the laboratory’s years of research on 3D stacking technology. The library can be used to test the performance of various interconnections and check compliance with...

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Phase-change memory now requires less current

Phase-change memory is a type of fast, cheap, and non-volatile memory whose only drawback is its high programming current requirement, which limits miniaturization potential and maximum density. However, Leti researchers have obtained promising results from a new “confined structure” phase-change memory...

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Wireless sensors poised to improve transportation safety

Wireless technology could soon replace the cumbersome cables in airplanes’ safety systems and in cars’ ABS and anti-skid systems thanks to a Leti innovation: a miniature 2-cm antenna for 868 MHz UHF frequencies. Leti researchers are now looking at how this...

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Ultra-wideband and RFID make a winning combination

Leti researchers are getting ready to transfer to industry a new wireless communication system that combines ultra-wideband and RFID technology. The new system can transfer data between a mobile phone and a RFID tag at an impressive rate of 100 Mb/s,...

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Electric arcs soon to be detected acoustically

Detecting electric arcs in the high-power batteries used in electric vehicles (300 V−400 V, 50 kW−80 kW) is a real challenge, since current and voltage fluctuations tend to interfere with the fleeting signals. However, a team of researchers from Leti, Liten,...

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Tuberculosis skin test results available in just 18 hours

Until now patients wondering whether they have tuberculosis had to wait a full 72 hours before finding out the results of a skin test. A new optical read system developed by Leti under a Lyon-Biopôle project funded by the French government...

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See all Grenoble-area research events at a glance at “38 de Sciences”

Launched just before the summer holidays, a new website called “38 de Sciences” (sfp.grenoble.cnrs.fr)—set up jointly by the French Physics Society, Fondation Nanosciences, and Institut Néel’s IT department—gives Grenoble-area researchers a one-stop shop for information about upcoming seminars, conferences, thesis defenses, and other research-related events.
For now the information is given in French only and consists mainly of physics, biology, and chemistry events; the website replaced the notices formerly sent out by the French Physics Society. However, the plan is to extend the website to all scientific fields, including the so-called “soft” sciences.
“38 de...

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Interview

Interview: Jean-Luc Doumont, Co-founder of Principiæ,

Jean-Luc Doumont, Co-founder of Principiæ*
“Scientists and engineers should strive for simplicity when presenting their research”

You train scientists and engineers around the world to communicate more effectively. Do they really need that much help?

Yes! People with scientific backgrounds often have trouble explaining things simply. They tend to be stuck in school exam mode, where they feel the need to describe concepts in complex terms to prove to their professors—who know more than they do—that they know their stuff. But if your focus is on proving yourself, then it’s not on informing your audience.

So, how do you help them?

I show them how...

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Electronic tongues just got simpler

Until now, electronic tongues—devices used to identify dissolved substances in liquids—have been hard to make because each of the tongues’ chemical receptors (between 10 and 30) had to be synthesized independently. But scientists at the French Nanoscience and Cryogenics Institute (INAC)...

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Europe gets its first CMOS-MRAM demonstrator

Researchers from the French Nanoscience and Cryogenics Institute (INAC) and Spintec have developed a new logic circuit that combines CMOS and MRAM technology. This patented invention uses MRAM from Crocus Technology and marks Europe’s first working demonstrator of its kind. MRAM...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology graduation attended by prestigious guests

The Grenoble Institute of Technology class of 2011 graduation ceremony, held on November 24, 2012, counted numerous high-profile guests among its ranks, including French Minister of Research and Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso and Gérard Matheron, Manager of the STMicroelectronics site at...

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Movea penetrates the context detection market

High-tech start-up Movea has won a five-year contract to supply its cutting-edge context detection technology to a manufacturer of smartphone and tablet microprocessors. Movea has been trying to break into the context detection market for the past 18 months, and this...

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Dr. Yves Bréchet appointed France’s High Commissioner for Atomic and Alternative Energy

Dr. Yves Bréchet, a Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma professor and researcher at the French Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (SIMaP), has been appointed France’s High Commissioner for Atomic and Alternative Energy by the country’s Cabinet of Ministers. This appointment follows a...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology scores high in the QS World University Rankings

London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global provider of specialist higher education and career information, has issued its 2012 World University Rankings by Subject. And Grenoble Institute of Technology is in the top 200 in three out of five subjects. The school...

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Hybrid-En brings organic materials to semiconductors

In the future, the performance of energy generation and storage systems will depend on an unprecedented alliance between semiconductors and organic materials. At least that’s the goal of research to be conducted at Hybrid-En, a new 200 m2 research facility being...

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Isorg wins fans with its interactive displays

Isorg’s interactive displays are designed to power up and launch multimedia presentations as soon as someone walks by, thanks to a system of optical sensors on plastic developed in association with Liten. You can see these next-generation displays in action at...

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First Step Challenge gets an overwhelming response

This year’s inaugural First Step Challenge—designed to identify the most promising start-up ideas based on CEA Tech projects (see the October 2012 issue of Minanews)—received an overwhelming 23 applications from aspiring young entrepreneurs. 14 of these applications have been selected for...

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MultiX raises €4 million of fresh capital

MultiX, a developer of X-ray spectrometric detectors for luggage inspection and other security applications, has just raised €4 million from six investors. This is the start-up’s second round of fund raising; the first in January 2011 brought in €3 million. Read more

Nanosafety building slated to open in H1 2013

Construction work is on track for the new nanosafety building on the CEA campus in Grenoble. The 6,000 m2, low-energy-consumption-certified building is scheduled to open in the first half of 2013. Some 150 nano-experts will work in the new building, including...

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MINATEC TV keeps on growing

Two new videos have just been posted on the MINATEC TV website (www.minatec.tv): “The Titan Ultimate™ Electron Microscope” and “Wafer Bonding.” The former discusses the nanotechnology characterization platform’s new instrument, while the latter shows how the performance of electronic...

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2013 Midi MINATEC brown bag lunch series program now available

After a year of highly popular Midi MINATEC brown bag lunches in 2012, the organizers decided to take it up a notch in 2013 with no less than 37 lunches already planned. Corinne Berat, a researcher at the French Subatomic Physics...

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2012 Science Fair and Expérimenta pack a full house

This year’s Expérimenta arts, science, and design fair helped bring nearly 2,000 people to the simultaneously-held Science Fair at MINATEC on October 12−13, 2012. On the first day of the event, devoted to school groups, the organizers had to turn down...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology brochures get a makeover

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s six engineering schools have recently issued revamped brochures with completely new content and a fresh new design. Phelma’s new brochure highlights the people that make the school great through a dozen testimonials from students, alumni, and research...

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Interview: Jean-Luc Doumont, Co-founder of Principiæ

Jean-Luc Doumont, Co-founder of Principiæ*
“Scientists and engineers should strive for simplicity when presenting their research”

You train scientists and engineers around the world to communicate more effectively. Do they really need that much help?

Yes! People with scientific backgrounds often have trouble...

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Phelma students get an insider’s view from industry professionals

On December 3 and 10, 2012, professionals from Orange Labs and E2V, respectively, will come speak to Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma students as part of a corporate partnership initiative. These company lectures were initially optional, but for the past three years...

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Phelma beefs up its corporate partnerships

On October 1, 2012, Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma finalized the terms of a partnership agreement with DCNS, a global leader in naval defense with operations in civil nuclear energy and marine renewable energy. DCNS invests heavily in R&D in fields like...

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Leti Annual Review takes on a new format

The Leti Annual Review—a two-day conference where Leti researchers present their latest findings—will become the four-day Leti Innovation Days starting in 2013. This change will enable the conference to address even more technology- and innovation-related topics and delve into them in...

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Grenoble’s iGEM team wins a gold medal and safety award

In early October 2012, 49 project teams—including one from Grenoble—took part in the European round of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. While the Grenoble team did not make the cut of 18 for the final round to be held...

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CEA Tech expands westward

CEA Tech, the CEA’s Technology Research Division, will open sites in three cities in western France—Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Nantes—in early 2013. Initially, between six and eight people will staff each site to help local businesses enhance their existing products and services...

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