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February 2016

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Shape affects magnetization reversal

Magnetic objects of the same composition but with different geometries demonstrate different magnetization reversal behavior. Researchers at INAC have discovered that the shape and direction of the wires (in systems made of aluminum oxide and cobalt wires and platinum) determined the...

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Coupled characterization provides insights into phase transitions

Researchers at the nano characterization platform (PFNC) have coupled X-ray diffraction and X-ray diffusion to observe a chalcogenide thin layer during annealing. Their goal was to gain a deeper understanding of what happens to the morphology and structure of PCRAM materials...

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Tomorrow’s 5G antennas will be thinner

Researchers at Leti have reduced the thickness of antennas for satellite communications and tomorrow’s 5G network access points by half. Their secret? They replaced the single focal point of today’s antennas with a four-source focal network. A 30 GHz antenna leveraging...

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Very-high-speed RFID for electronic passports

Researchers at Leti have developed a reader and ASIC for RFID data reception at speeds up to 27.12 Mb/s required by the ISO 14443-amd5 standard. The new technology could be used for electronic passports, which will store more and more information,...

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Liquid crystals could make lithium-ion batteries safer

Researchers from INAC and Liten have developed a new-generation solid electrolyte based on thermotropic ionic liquid crystals. The purpose of the research was to improve lithium-ion battery safety and performance. The crystals self-organize into nanometric strips and help prevent the charge...

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Silicon photonics: new speed record set

Just one year ago, researchers at Leti built an 80 Gb/s data switch demonstrator; today, they have set a new speed record with a switch prototype that works at 128 Gb/s or 256 Gb/s. And, once again, the results are the...

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Fire-damaged area of building 41.01 back to business as usual

Any visitor touring the cleanrooms in building 41.01 would have a hard time believing that the building was ravaged by fire less than a year ago. The fire-damaged area of the building reopened in December after four and a half months of repairs and the installation of new equipment to replace equipment damaged in the fire.

Leti’s first priority was, of course, safety. Filtration units in the clean room ceilings had been damaged in the fire. The cleanrooms’ deposition and heat treatment equipment had to be inspected before either being moved or set up for operation on site with new...

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Interview

Interview: Pierre Benech, Director, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma Engineering School,

" Student entrepreneurs innovate at Phelma "

Pierre Benech, Director, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma Engineering School

 

How does Phelma help student entrepreneurs?
Our first two students to have obtained “student entrepreneur” status—a French government program—are Pierre Schefler and Nicolas Schoemaker. During the 2014–2015 academic year they set up their company on top of their third-year course load. Support came in the form of a flexible class schedule, assistance starting their business, and approval to replace the usual six-month internship and culminating project with their startup.
They have graduated, but still have student entrepreneur status: now enrolled at business school IAE Grenoble, they...

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Telecommunications: III–V/silicon tunable laser

Solid indium phosphide (INP) tunable lasers for telecommunications networks are costly to manufacture and ill-suited to integration with other photonic and electronic components. Researchers from Leti and the III–V Lab have now produced a tunable laser on a silicon substrate coupled...

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BigDFT code makes front-page news

BigDFT, an open-source code used to simulate solids and molecules, has made front-page news in two chemistry journals in the space of a few weeks. INAC_Sim team, which has been developing the code for years, should be proud: in 2015 the...

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Superconducting single-photon detectors at the state of the art

INAC, KTH (Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology), and Dutch startup Single Quantum have teamed up to produce superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPD) that set a new state of the art with 85% collection yields. Current SSPDs offer yields of 35%. The key...

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Double quantum wells on a PMOS nanowire transistor

The R&D partnership on advanced CMOS transistors between STMicroelectronics, IBM, and Leti has produced some impressive results. Two silicon-germanium (SiGe) quantum wells separated by a thin layer of silicon have been produced on a PMOS transistor with a grid unit length...

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A video encoder that uses just 19.1 mW of power

The future of low-power design just got a little brighter. The H.264 video encoder developed by researchers from Leti and Vietnam National University (VNU) uses just 19.1 mW total power; products currently on the market use between 30 mW and 600...

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CCL building completed ten weeks ahead of schedule

Construction on MINATEC’s new CCL (software design center) building was completed in January 2016—less than a year after breaking ground and an impressive ten weeks ahead of schedule. The building meets France’s stringent thermal efficiency regulations and offers 2,900 sq. m...

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Heterogeneous reactors and reactions class to be held on March 13–18

A special winter session on heterogeneous reactors and reactions will be held on March 13–18 at Alpine ski resort Les Houches. The program, offered by Codegepra (the region’s process engineering development committee), will feature a review of basic concepts as well...

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MIT and Leti partnership continues to produce results

Leti delivered its first suspended microresonators to MIT in 2014, following suit with a new generation of the component in 2015. The microresonators still deliver femtogram precision—but they now also boast a network of sensors for even faster analysis and redundant...

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CEA: Stéphane Siebert appointed Director of Technological Research

On January 1, 2016, Stéphane Siebert succeeded Jean Therme as Director of Technological Research of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). After earning a degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, he spent eight years at the CEA’s...

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Challenge First Step supports four innovative projects

The judges in the Challenge First Step competition selected four of the six projects presented at the end of 2015 to receive financial support. The projects are: Wimagine (Leti/Clinatec), a long-term brain activity monitoring system for patients suffering from epilepsy and...

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Aselta’s photolithography software just got better

Startup Aselta’s Inscale photolithography software has come through the validation phase with flying colors, positioning it to become the go-to software for MDP (mask data preparation, sometimes called “fracture”) at Leti. Improvements made to the software under a joint lab between...

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INAC is restructured

Since January 1, 2016, the Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics (INAC) has counted five laboratories rather than six. The new labs’ names are: PHELIQS (photonics, electronics, and quantum engineering); MEM (materials modeling and exploration); and SYMMES (molecular systems and nanomaterials for...

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Third Innovation Marketing Day to be held on April 5

Come and discover the latest trends in high-tech/innovation marketing and the best practices behind the success stories at the third Innovation Marketing Day to be held at Maison MINATEC on April 5, 2016. You will also learn about how the innovation...

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Thespians to bring drama to JSIAM 2016

The Junior Scientist and Industry Annual Meeting (JSIAM) gives GIANT campus’ young scientists a valuable opportunity to learn about careers in industry and chat with practicing professionals. The eighth annual JSIAM will be held on March 4, 2016, at Maison MINATEC...

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Interview: Pierre Benech, Director, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma Engineering School

" Student entrepreneurs innovate at Phelma "

Pierre Benech, Director, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma Engineering School

 

How does Phelma help student entrepreneurs?
Our first two students to have obtained “student entrepreneur” status—a French government program—are Pierre Schefler and Nicolas Schoemaker. During the...

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Phelma to host 32 international students at 2016 Summer School

With five weeks of nanotech classes, introductory French lessons, tours of scientific facilities like ESRF, the CEA Tech showroom, and Institut Néel, cultural excursions, and just plain fun, the 14th annual Summer School should be a memorable one. The Summer School...

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PCR DNA analysis gets prehistoric samples talking

Part of an archaeologist’s work involves identifying 30,000-year-old animal droppings. And they need to know what species—hyena, wolf, or fox?—they are dealing with as soon as possible. Now they can thanks to a Leti prototype called Microprep that rapidly prepares samples...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology Open house on March 5

Grenoble Institute of Technology will hold an open house for high school, preparatory school, and college (undergrad) students on March 5, 2016. The event will be held in the Pluriel building (where the Institute’s own preparatory classes are held) on the...

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Startup news: EnWireS targets the Li-ion battery market

Startup EnWireS, founded this year by an INAC researcher (who also happens to be a former INAC post-doc), is developing a breakthrough chemical process for making silicon nanowires. The startup plans to release its first products—innovative composite materials to boost the...

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Phelma library now has “women in science” collection

On March 11, 2016—just three days after International Women’s Day—the Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma library will cut the ribbon on a new “women in science” collection to be followed by a series of lectures and a Midi MINATEC brown bag lunch...

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Second Minalogic Business Meetings to be distinctly international

The second Minalogic Business Meetings will be organized by Minalogic and its partners at Grenoble’s World Trade Center on April 14, 2016. A total of 60 large corporations and 60 solutions providers—many of them international—will gather to meet the perfect match...

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Leti ramps up international programs with the Instituts Carnot

Leti plans to use some of its Instituts Carnot matching funds to pay for exchange programs with foreign labs and market Leti internationally, with the overriding objective of working with top-tier partners around the globe. The institute will set up chairs...

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