MINA-NEWS

Tracking down deposits on artery walls

Can nanovectors be used to diagnose and treat atheromas—the fatty deposits on artery walls that can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke? This question is at the heart of the EU’s NanoAthero project, which was launched in March 2013...

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Nanowires for supercapacitors

Two INAC labs have chalked up a major breakthrough that will make it easier for chip manufacturers to use supercapacitors in their computer chips. Researchers at these labs used a vapor chemical deposition process to create nanostructured silicon electrodes, and then...

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Actin, nature’s architect for 3D connections

Actin, a protein in plant and animal cells, has the special property of being able to form microfilaments on its own. And according to researchers at Leti and IRTSV, this makes it an ideal “material architect” for 3D connections. They made...

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Microcoolers hold it together under pressure of 250 bars

Leti engineers had a surprise in store for CERN researchers when they recently presented microcoolers they had made for a CERN experiment. While the technical specifications for the microcoolers required pressure resistance of up to 100 bars, Leti’s devices held strong...

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Lens-free virus viewing thanks to a webcam

It may soon be possible to view cells, bacteria, and viruses without a lens by using a simple webcam CMOS image sensor and LED lights. While this may sound like something concocted by a mad scientist, it is in fact a...

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Even faster multi-core processor calculations

Grenoble-based engineers from CEA-List have more than doubled the speed of a matrix multiplication program using a new dynamic compilation method. This method, designed specifically for multi-core processors, works by optimizing the execution of the most calculation-intensive sections of code. It...

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Top news

MINATEC gets €150 million worth of new buildings

With €150 million of building construction projects planned or underway, MINATEC is undergoing a major expansion—its biggest leap forward since it was established in 2002.
The Nanobio2 building (1,400 m2 of useable space) will be inaugurated in just a few weeks. Construction has begun on the Phelma II building (8,500 m2 of gross floor area) and on a new skills center (10,000 m2 of gross floor area) that will be home to Leti and CNRS researchers starting in 2015. Plans to expand the B2I and BHT 2 buildings and the outdoor showroom have been approved and construction should begin soon....

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Interview

Fabien Ndagijimana interview: “We want to calm the debate on electromagnetic waves”,

Fabien Ndagijimana, IMEP-LAHC, Pheline lab*:
“We want to calm the debate on electromagnetic waves”


In the book you wrote with Pheline colleague François Gaudaire [called Au Cœur des Ondes]—were you out to attack electromagnetic waves or defend them?

Neither. What we wanted to do is calm the debate on electromagnetic waves, which is being fuelled by the media and by outlandish stories circulating on the internet, like people being able to cook eggs or make popcorn near a wireless device. None of this has been corroborated with laboratory experiments.
The aim of our book is to describe, explain, and demystify...

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BeSpoon sets a world record at 3,641 meters

Locating an object to within just a few centimeters sounds easy—except when you are over 3.6 km away. But that’s what French start-up BeSpoon was able to do using impulse radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) technology developed by Leti. This range of 3,641...

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Productive fun in store at the 2013 Phelminaire

The 2013 Phelminaire, a day-long seminar for Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma faculty and staff, will be held at the school’s campus on July 1, 2013. Some 100 people are expected to attend. The morning program will include a series of small-group...

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CERN chips employ Leti’s TSV technology

Leti’s Open3D® integration platform has another prestigious contract under its belt. The platform was used to develop through-silicon vias (TSVs) for chips designed by the CERN and manufactured by IBM. The TSVs make it easier to assemble the ASIC chips used...

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Philippe Mallein, Knight of the French National Order of Merit

In a ceremony at MINATEC on March 26, 2013, Jean Therme, head of France’s Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), awarded the Knight of the French National Order of Merit medal to Philippe Mallein, an innovation and user-driven design consultant for...

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Phelma introduces a work-study program for micro and nanoelectronics

This fall Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma will kick-off France’s first work-study program for micro and nanoelectronic systems design. This program was developed in association with Grenoble-area high-tech businesses and was approved by the regional government in April 2013.

The program will...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology neck-and-neck with Polytechnique

Grenoble Institute of Technology came in second place in the latest ranking of France’s 100 top engineering schools, just behind rival Polytechnique. In terms of R&D, Grenoble Institute of Technology jumped from seventh place in 2012 to first place this year....

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Aledia powers ahead at light(n)ing speed

Aledia, a start-up spun off from Leti, has just crossed two important milestones. First, it has finished making its first series of LEDs on 200 mm silicon wafers—a breakthrough process that cuts LED production costs by a factor of four relative...

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Leti Innovation Days brings together businesses and researchers

Leti’s annual gathering will be held at MINATEC on June 25–28—with one big novelty: this will be the first year of the new format, beefed up considerably relative to the Leti Annual Review. This first edition of the Leti Innovation Days...

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Leti sets the stage for 14 nm FDSOI

The first 14 nm microelectronic circuits won’t be produced on a large scale until 2015 or 2016—but now is when engineers need to decide which technologies they want to use. That’s why Leti has just put together a 14 nm design...

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CEA’s market research department turns 20

The CEA’s market research department will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special conference on July 5, 2013. The event will kick off with a Midi MINATEC brown bag lunch on the revival of innovation marketing, facilitated by Marc Giguet, President...

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The 2013 First Step Challenge is now open!

After a promising first year in 2012, the CEA’s First Step Challenge is being renewed this year with high expectations. The goal is to spot “out of the box” business ideas and support them with financial aid, expertise, and a fast,...

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Minalogic gives you a glimpse into the future

Imaginez le Future (“Imagine the Future”), an interactive conference held by the Minalogic competitive cluster, will take place in Grenoble on July 4, 2013. It will be free of charge and open to researchers and industry professionals.

The event will kick off...

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Fabien Ndagijimana interview: “We want to calm the debate on electromagnetic waves”

Fabien Ndagijimana, IMEP-LAHC, Pheline lab*:
“We want to calm the debate on electromagnetic waves”


In the book you wrote with Pheline colleague François Gaudaire [called Au Cœur des Ondes]—were you out to attack electromagnetic waves or defend them?


Neither....

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Body Area Networks gain traction

You’ve probably heard of people being equipped with sensors, like athletes who want to study their body movements or the elderly who receive remote care. But figuring out how the electromagnetic waves propagate isn’t easy, since the human body itself is...

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Leti teams up with Rohde & Schwarz on RF

Rohde & Schwarz, a German manufacturer of radiofrequency (RF) test equipment, has teamed up with Leti to develop technology to improve its systems. The goal is to find a way to characterize the RF blocks (like amplifiers, oscillators, and frequency mixers)...

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iGEM team opts for an optogenetics project

For the third year in a row, Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma students will take part in iGEM, the global synthetic biology competition held by MIT. The Grenoble team will consist of ten university students: four from Phelma; three from UJF; two...

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N+1 theater company camps out at the CEA

The N+1 theater company, currently in residency at Atelier Arts-Sciences, will set up its third and last camp on June 10–14, 2013, in a yurt in front of CEA building 20.33. While there the thespians will investigate how researchers get their...

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Leti traces its SOI history in a new book

In a new book called Des Hommes et des Ions (“Of Ions and Men”), French journalist Isabelle Doucet tells the story of how Leti researchers—including Michel Bruel, Alain Soubie, and Jean-François Michaud—studied and revolutionized microelectronics R&D with their work on silicon-on-insulator...

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Crocus Technology commits for five years

Crocus Technology’s R&D partnership with Spintec is changing tempo. After years of working through renewable one-year agreements, the duo have committed to a five-year agreement (2013–2017) to form a joint lab guaranteed to employ a set number of people.

This move comes...

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An interactive stage glove for a one-man orchestra

Ezra, a beatboxer (a performing artist who produces vocal percussion sounds), is working with Organic Orchestra 2.0 to develop an interactive stage glove as part of his residency at Atelier Arts-Sciences. The glove contains numerous microsensors and miniature batteries that let...

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IRT Nanoelec celebrates its first year

The 17 Grenoble-based members of IRT Nanoelec will meet at MINATEC on June 24, 2013 to celebrate the research institute’s first anniversary. All seven of the planned R&D projects have been kicked off since the institute was created in April 2012,...

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CEA, France’s second-largest patent filer in 2012

France’s National Intellectual Property Institute (INPI) issued a list in April of France’s busiest patent fi lers in 2012. The CEA edged up to second place with 566 patent applications, up from 545 in 2011. This puts it just ahead of...

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MEIS looks at nanowire constraints

MEIS, or medium-energy ion scattering, off ers very-high-resolution chemical and structural surface analysis capabilities. The technique works by analyzing the energy and angle of backscattered ions, and is frequently used for fl at layers. A team of researchers from INAC and...

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