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Astrophysics gets an optical boost

Scientists at the Grenoble Astrophysics Institute recently made a major advancement in telescope technology by replacing conventional mirror-and-lens systems with Leti’s integrated optical chip. The pioneering system they installed in the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in Chile uses an unprecedented...

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Leti unveils a 10 Gb/s integrated transmitter-on-silicon

Leti and III-V Lab have marked a major step forward in silicon photonics by combining onto a single chip a hybrid laser (III-V materials and silicon) with 9-nm wavelength tunability and a silicon modulator. Conventionally, the laser sources for photonic components...

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Silicon micro-needles deliver painless injections

Painful vaccinations will become a thing of the past thanks to a clever new invention from Swiss medical device maker Debiotech. The company is working with Leti to develop a process for making silicon micro-needles that are only 700 microns long,...

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Grenoble nanowires take center stage in Atlanta

A second-year PhD student from IMEP-LAHC is currently performing a six-month research assignment under Dr. Zhong Lin Wang at Georgia Tech in the United States. Dr. Wang is a pioneer in the application of nanowires’ piezoelectric proprieties, and is working to...

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Cleaner graphene powder has arrived

INAC researchers have developed an improved graphite exfoliation process that generates a graphene powder totally free of any type of metallic or organic contamination. Graphite exfoliation is the most commonly used method for making graphene powder in quantities ranging from grams...

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Understanding the shape of red blood cells

Why do some hollow biological objects (like red blood cells and pollen grains) lose their rounded form to take on a variety of multi-faceted shapes? To find out, scientists at INAC—in association with two other laboratories—carried out a series of experiments...

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MINATEC launches turnkey lab service worldwide

MINATEC recently introduced a new turnkey laboratory service—the only one of its kind in the world—inspired by the CIME Nanotech joint lab between Grenoble Institute of Technology and Joseph Fourier University. This service, called Nanolab, is intended for governments wishing to spur technological innovation in their countries. Experts from the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), CIME Nanotech, and Grenoble-based engineering firm 40-30 work with government agencies to set up their own state-of-the-art training and research centers—in just 24 months.
MINATEC came up with the idea for Nanolab after noticing that some countries often have trouble setting up their...

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Interview

Interview: Thomas Iljic of CEA-Tech in Tokyo,

“Japanese innovation is back, stronger than ever”

You’ve been representing Leti in Japan since 2007. What changes have you seen since Fukushima?
Manufacturing in the country basically stopped between March and September 2011 while companies were repairing and restructuring their plants. But things have definitely picked up since then, with sharply faster innovation cycles. The Japanese want to recover the ground lost to their competitors. And since electricity prices have shot up 17% in most of the country, there is a large focus on renewable energy.

Has this made it more difficult to promote CEA-Tech?
No, because we have a long-term...

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More efficient processors thanks to magnetism

Scientists have found that by adding advanced magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) to frequency demodulators, they can cut the power requirements of some applications by a factor of ten. Spintec calculated the energy savings using the design and simulation software it developed...

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A truly miniature high-resolution magnetometer

Leti has developed a miniature version of its high-resolution helium 4 magnetometer that offers state-of-the-art sensitivity on a gas sample of just 100 mm3, or 320 times smaller than the full-size model. Leti, which carried out the development work in association...

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3D integration meets 4G

The ultra-high bandwidth Wide I/O interface developed by Leti and ST-Ericsson will soon be used in a promising new way: to link two processors in a new system-on-chip, called MAG3D, for 4G telecoms applications. Incorporating the latest in 3D integration, MAG3D...

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Leti set to make greater use of ESRF’s D2AM beamline

Leti has recently entered into a partnership agreement with ESRF to increase its usage of the D2AM beamline. The two research centers have agreed to share time on the beamline over the next five years in order to facilitate and speed...

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Grenoble’s iGEM team ready to select a project

The cross-university team that will represent Grenoble in the 2012 iGEM synthetic biology competition is gearing up to make its final selection between two possible projects: adding an innovative genetic network to a shared bacteria so that the bacteria can visibly...

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Phelma’s management team gets a makeover

Following the appointment or election of three of Phelma’s senior managers to the Grenoble Institute of Technology management team—Anne Vilcot as Vice President of Human Resources, Lorena Anghel as Head of the Doctoral School, and Didier Bouvard as Vice President of...

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LMGP gets a confocal AFM

The Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (LMGP) is now the proud owner of an atomic-force microscope (AFM) coupled with a fluorescence microscope. This €200,000 piece of state-of-the-art equipment was financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and is installed in CIME’s...

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Nanotech meets biotech at the MIGAS® summer school

The 2012 MIGAS® international summer school on advanced microelectronics will bring together 50 research and teaching faculty, PhD students, and industry professionals in Autrans, France, from June 23 to 29, 2012. This year the focus will be on micro and nanotechnology...

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LMGP beefs up its staff

LMGP’s Biological Matter & Materials Team, headed by biophysicist Dr. Catherine Picart, will soon have the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Thomas Boudou, a research project manager at CNRS.
Dr. Boudou will draw on his biomechanical know-how to spearhead a breakthrough...

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BeSpoon invents the pico-GPS

BeSpoon’s cutting-edge technology can locate items or individuals to within a few centimeters, either indoors or out. This impressive feat is achieved by measuring the flight time of an ultra-wideband signal (between 500 MHz and 1 GHz) with a precision of...

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IRT Nanoelec slated for €160 million of government funding

The IRT Nanoelec research institute was founded on April 11, 2012 through a joint venture between the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), and comprises 17 public- and private-sector research partners—including Leti and...

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Interview: Thomas Iljic of CEA-Tech in Tokyo

“Japanese innovation is back, stronger than ever”


You’ve been representing Leti in Japan since 2007. What changes have you seen since Fukushima?
Manufacturing in the country basically stopped between March and September 2011 while companies were repairing and restructuring their...

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Phelminaire puts the spotlight on teaching in 2012

The fourth annual Phelminaire—a day devoted to recognizing the hard work done by the Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma faculty and administration—will be held on July 2, 2012. This year will see two exciting new changes: first, the venue will be transferred...

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Phelma graduates make a splash in the job market

According to the latest job placement survey of top-tier French universities (by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles), nearly 80% of the Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma Class of 2011 was employed (including PhD research assignments) two months after graduation, at an average...

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Dasein Interactions revolutionizes city planning models

If you’ve seen the GIANT model in the DRT showroom, then you are already familiar with Dasein Interactions’ work. This start-up, in its final incubation phase at GRAIN, uses the next-generation interfaces developed at Leti to create models combining unparalleled interactivity...

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Paris engineering students spend a day at the CEA

Two École Centrale Paris professors—Dr. Emmanuel Defaÿ and Dr. Alexandre Reinhardt—brought their second-year materials process engineering students to MINATEC for a day to learn about the CEA’s latest research.
The twelve lucky students visited the B2I showroom, Leti’s clean rooms,...

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Wavelens cuts the cost of smartphone autofocus

The tiny motors that power the autofocus on smartphone cameras could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to technology from Wavelens, a start-up scheduled to be launched by the end of this year. The three Leti engineers...

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Engineers and scientists—want to try your hand at teaching?

Faced with an explosion in the number of tutorials and lab courses being offered to its first-year students, Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma is making an appeal to MINATEC engineers, scientists, and PhD students to lend a helping hand. The goal is...

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ImmunID makes its mark in oncology

Grenoble-based start-up ImmunID is presenting the results of clinical trials on its Lymphodivpenia biomarker at the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting being held in Chicago from June 1 to June 5, 2012. This ground-breaking immune system biomarker...

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Mark your calendars for the fifth Phelma Partners Day

Some 40 companies and nearly 800 students are expected at this year’s Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma Partners Day on October 18, 2012. The event is being organized by the school’s Corporate Relations and Communications Departments and Phelma Junior Consultants.
The...

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Diabolo: embedding electronics in fine threads

Recently, three engineers from Leti began exploring the idea of a start-up to develop and commercialize a technology called Diabolo. The new technology, which Leti has protected via numerous patents, makes it possible to embed electronics like LEDs, RFID tags, and...

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Manufacturers help shape academics at Phelma

As at all Grenoble Institute of Technology schools, each academic program at Phelma undergoes a periodic review. Last year, the Electrochemistry and Processes for Energy and the Environment program went under the microscope. This year, two additional programs are undergoing a...

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