February 2013

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Spintec reinvents the electronic compass

Spintec has just completed the first prototype of its patented integrated 3D compass. This innovation stands to overturn the existing technology, which uses costly and difficult-to-assemble discrete components.
Spintec’s prototype uses a pyramid-shaped chip containing four magnetoresistive sensors, one on each...

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Femtocell base stations could require 20% to 40% less energy

Leti recently cut the energy requirement of a femtocell base station’s radiofrequency transmission head by 20% to 40%, for a power output of more than 30 dBm. The EU project behind this development was carried out in association with Telecom Italia,...

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Uranium renews hope for monomolecular magnets

After years of research on monomolecular magnets (also called magnetic molecules), scientists have renewed hope that such molecules could one day be used to develop molecular-scale memories. Researchers at INAC recently built a wheel-shaped molecular (uranium-manganese) structure whose hysteresis cycle and...

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Vibration energy harvesting: Leti files three patents >

Leti researchers recently filed three patents for vibration energy harvesting microsystems. Their new technology counters one of the weaknesses of vibration energy harvesting systems: the systems’ yields drop off sharply when their resonance frequency deviates from the ambient vibration frequency. Read more

Spintronic devices in germanium—at room temperature

We could one day see electronic components that combine electric and magnetic currents. A Grenoble-based team of researchers from INAC, UJF, Crocus, CNRS, and Thales has just made a step toward this potential breakthrough. The researchers injected spin-polarized electrons into germanium,...

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Memory: Leti researchers observe GST

Germanium-Antimony-Tellurium, or GST, is a phase-change material that passes from an amorphous to a crystalline state at temperatures of 100°C to 150°C, making it a good candidate for phase-change memory. However, when looking at GST samples under a transmission microscope, scientists...

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Micro and nanoelectronics design: Grenoble Institute of Technology to propose new apprenticeship program

In March, Grenoble Institute of Technology will present its pioneering new three-year initial training program to the Rhône-Alpes regional government. The new program would give micro and nanoelectronics design students hands-on learning opportunities through apprenticeships with companies in the industry. And Grenoble is home to a substantial number of high-tech companies—STMicroelectronics, Dolphin Integration, Asygn, Tiempo, and many others—likely to participate in the program.

Participating companies have a lot to gain. First, they would help counter the lack of a qualified workforce in this field, especially in RF and analog design. Second, they would get the opportunity to train students on their company’s...

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Leti duo wins Général Ferrié electronics award

Leti researchers Olivier Faynot and Claire Fenouillet-Béranger, along with two engineers from STMicroelectronics, won the 2012 Général Ferrié research in electronics award for their 15 years of work on FD-SOI. Their work has led to the development of a smartphone “super...

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Prestodiag brings home new awards

The good news just keeps coming for Prestodiag, a start-up founded in 2012 to develop advanced INAC-ISB bacteria-detection technology. In the space of just a few months, Prestodiag won three awards for innovative start-ups, including one from the Génopôle Evry biotech...

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Microwaves and photonics to come together in the Vercors this summer

The MIGAS international summer school on microelectronics will be held on June 22–28, 2013 in Autrans (on the Vercors plateau). Around 50 PhD students, professors, researchers, and engineers from France and abroad are expected to attend. Speakers will include professors Ke...

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CEA-Grenoble enters Rhône-Alpes Challenge

Sponsored by the Rhône-Alpes regional government, the Rhône-Alpes Challenge brings together seven outdoor sporting events: cross-country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, cycling, cross-country running, kayaking, and free flight (paragliding and hang-gliding).
CEA-Grenoble will participate in this year’s Challenge, which will...

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MINATEC hosts 150 micro and nanoelectronics PhD students

Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma has the honor of hosting the 16th National PhD in Micro and Nanotechnologies Network Day (JNRDM), an annual event sponsored by the European Micro and Nanoelectronics PhD Network (RDEMN). This year’s event will be held on the...

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The Titan Ultimate delivers

A European Research Council program on single dopant detection by holography has given the Titan Ultimate transmission microscope yet another chance to prove its worth. The microscope, installed at PFNC in October 2011, delivers resolutions of 50 picometers, allowing researchers to...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology focuses on women in engineering

On March 7, 2013, Grenoble Institute of Technology will hold a conference on the role of women engineers in businesses—the first event of its kind at the school. Today women account for just 20% of all engineers at the Grenoble Institute...

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Atom probe tomography getting closer to artefact-free 3D reconstruction

Under the French National Research Agency (ANR) Aptitude program, which kicked-off in January 2013, Leti plans to develop artefact-free 3D reconstruction methods for atom probe tomography. The research will lay the groundwork for the future 14 nm technology node and its...

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Nanomedicine: ETPN appoints new Executive Committee

Patrick Boisseau, head of CEA-Leti’s nanomedicine program, was elected President of the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine (ETPN) on December 5, 2012. The new Vice President, also French, is Nanobiotix CEO Laurent Lévy.
Founded in 2005, ETPN is coordinated by...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology moves up in rankings

The 2013 L’Etudiant-L’Express engineering school rankings were published in mid-December 2012. Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma moved up four slots from the previous year. Ranked 17th out of around 100 schools, Phelma tied with the Ecole des Mines in Nancy and another...

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PhD students, save the date: 2013 Junior Scientist and Industry Annual Meeting

The 5th Junior Scientist and Industry Annual Meeting (JSIAM) for GIANT PhD and post-doc students will be held at Maison MINATEC on April 5, 2013. The purpose of the event, which is expected to bring in around 40 industry representatives, is...

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Solar Decathlon award-winning prototype to come to MINATEC

The team that represented the Rhône-Alpes region in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 competition will soon present its Canopea® solar home prototype at MINATEC. The prototype won the international energy-independent solar home competition for the Rhône-Alpes team last year. The prototype...

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Interview with Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Fanny Poinsotte*

“Some 1,500 young people benefitted from our school outreach programs last year.”

From nanoscience classes and a robotics competition to the Science Fair and High Tech U, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s school outreach programs are gaining in popularity. What do you think...

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INAC looks at solar cell dyes

KaïronKem, which specializes in custom synthesis, now sells a line of purely organic dyes (orange, red, and purple) developed by INAC. These metal-free dyes are the result of research INAC has been conducting since 2009. The dyes’ conversion yields still top...

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Patrick Duréault elected Chairman of Phelma Board

Patrick Duréault, the General Manager of STMicroelectronics’ Grenoble facility, was elected Chairman of the Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma Board on December 6, 2012. He succeeds Louis Zangara. His role is to ensure that the 40-member Board—made up of elected students,...

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Everything you need to know about your Grenoble Institute of Technology application

The first-ever “Grenoble Institute of Technology Information Day” will be held at Ense3 on February 16, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This new event will provide valuable information about Grenoble Institute of Technology’s six engineering schools to students enrolled...

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Phelma Junior Consultants to reach out to more businesses in 2013

Phelma Junior Consultants, the school’s student-run consulting club, plans to reach out to more businesses in 2013 to help students refine their career plans. The club’s company outreach activities will also give students a chance to promote the school and its...

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Clinatec continues to expand

The Clinatec R&D center has completed the major renovation work necessary to bring its facilities into compliance. The revamped center is now fully operational with a team of 90 researchers. And the center recently scored a big win with successful toxicology...

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Mobile telephony: Leti looking at 5G

The future 5G mobile telephony standard will probably not be operational until 2020. However, Leti—which recently completed two EU-funded research projects on “post 4G” technology—is already shaping tomorrow’s 5G with partners like France Telecom, Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone, Sagem, and Nokia Siemens Networks....

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CEA Tech regional offices on the front lines

CEA Tech’s regional branches in Nantes, Bordeaux, and Toulouse have been working hard since early January to build ties with the academic and business communities in their regions. All three regional branches quickly found office space. The branches are headed by...

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CEA-Grenoble to host KETs Summit on February 7, 2013

The Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) Summit—to be held at CEA-Grenoble on February 7, 2013—aims to spur crucial programs to get Europe back to economic growth and competitiveness, and to get politicians on board. The summit is being co-sponsored by French Minister...

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Professional ethics competition open to students

The Rotary Club and the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles consortium will hold the 9th annual “Promoting Professional Ethics” competition this year under the patronage of UNESCO.
The competition is open to students from three years post high-school to PhD level....

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