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October 2014

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Fluorescence imaging guides prostate biopsies

Prostate biopsies, which are performed if a cancerous tumor is suspected, could become more accurate and reliable thanks to a new fluorescence imaging technique. Leti researchers partnered with academic scientists and an SME to develop a new fluorescent marker coupled with...

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Graphene gets superconducting capabilities

Researchers from INAC, Institut Néel, and SIMAP recently figured out a way to observe the proximity effect in graphene—a phenomenon that occurs when a normally non-superconducting material is placed in contact with a superconducting material—under optimal conditions.
To do...

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A human-body model for electromagnetic wave propagation

Leti has developed an electromagnetic-wave propagation model to help improve the performance of BANs (Body Area Networks). The human body blocks electromagnetic waves and can have a considerable impact on wave behavior.
The research involved taking several series of measurements...

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Gallium nitride nanowires could have bright future in LEDs

Researchers from INAC and ESRF have teamed up with peers in Madrid to study the correlation between the chemical composition of a gallium nitride (GaN) nanowire and the temporal resolution of the wire’s optical response. To do so, they used new...

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A universal test bench for visible CMOS imagers

Visible CMOS imagers can now be subjected to a complete battery of tests—for sensitivity, dynamics, dark current, noise, conversion factor, quantum yield, linearity, resolution, and remanence—on a new test bench developed by scientists at Leti. The new test bench, which also...

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Quantum dot meets nanowire in a promising encounter

A team of researchers from INAC and Institut Néel have created a hybrid system that consists of a nano-sized quantum dot embedded in a gallium arsenide nanowire. When the wire vibrates, the quantum dot repeatedly stretches and compresses, changing its energy...

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Top news

Start-up EnerBee: awards help finance growth strategy

Grenoble-based EnerBee, founded in early 2014, has won three awards over the past few months: a national prize for innovative start-ups, a global innovation award, and a connected objects award.

The prize money supplements funds from investors and private-sector backers, giving EnerBee a total of €1 million to pursue plans to launch a pilot production run of 100 products for customer testing, hire five new employees (bringing the total to eleven at end-2014), and move from CIME Nanotech to new offices at MINATEC Entreprises building.

Giving button batteries a run for their money

EnerBee’s technology, developed at G2Elab and Leti,...

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Interview

Interview Florian Pebay-Peyroula: We have to do more to fight against counterfeit circuits,

Florian Pebay-Peyroula, head of Leti’s Communicating Objects and Systems Security Lab:

« “We have to do more to fight against counterfeit circuits” »

Leti was involved in the ENIAC TOISE (Trusted Computing for European Embedded Systems) project, which was completed in April 2014. What was the outcome?
The project involved seventeen partners from industry and academia. We performed several high-quality demonstrations on sensor networks, smart meters, hard-drive encryption, and responses to protect systems under attack. Projects like this one give manufacturers a valuable opportunity to boost the security of their products during the development phase.

What specifically did Leti focus...

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Speech-recognition on your tablet now possible

Leti recently helped create a demonstrator for a local, on-the-fly speech processing system using a multicore platform similar to those used in today’s tablets. The demonstrator has a 5,000-word vocabulary and can decode speech at speeds that set a new record...

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Ternary oxide synthesis used to study electrical properties

Ternary oxides (In-X-Zn-O) are visibly-transparent semiconductors, making them promising candidates for optoelectronic applications. Researchers at Liten synthesized fourteen such oxides using a sol-gel method in order to study their electrical properties.
The researchers worked with IMEP-LAHC to look at carrier...

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Harvesting energy in the depths of the ocean

In just a few years, oceanographic sensors located 2,000 meters under the ocean’s surface could be powered by biobatteries feeding off of electroactive bacteria. Researchers at Leti are teaming up with a chemical engineering lab in Toulouse that is pioneering biobatteries...

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Getting closer to Earth-to-moon laser communications

Leti has developed an infrared detector with avalanche photodiodes cooled to 180 K that successfully received data at 80 Mbps during NASA/ESA laser communications testing. This initial result is encouraging given that radio—which has been used for decades—can only handle to...

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BHI-PRO project reaches milestone in automated protein quantitation

Leti and bioMérieux recently teamed up to conduct quantitative protein measurements using MRM mass spectrometry with automated data processing and sensitivity levels of around 10-8. The research was part of the BHI-PRO* project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR)....

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Marie-Noëlle Semeria appointed director of Leti

Marie-Noëlle Semeria has been appointed Director of Leti, effective October 1, 2014. She succeeds Laurent Malier. Ms. Semeria holds a Ph.D. in physics and has considerable industry experience, working first for Sagem and then for start-up Pixtech. She came to Leti...

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Leti magnetometers perform for Swarm

Leti’s helium magnetometers—which are installed on the three Swarm mission satellites—made it through their in-flight commissioning with flying colors. The instruments provide an absolute point of reference for scalar field measurements and delivered the highest levels of performance ever achieved for...

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Movea acquired by US-based InvenSense

Just seven years after it was founded, Movea was acquired by US-based InvenSense this summer. Movea’s CEO Sam Guilaumé had been gearing up for the deal for a year and a half. He had informed the French company’s shareholders of the...

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Dr. Alim-Louis Benabid takes home Lasker Award

Dr. Alim-Louis Benabid, who founded Clinatec (the Edmond J. Safra Biomedical Research Center) along with Jean Therme, has won the 2014 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Dr. Benabid and Mahlon DeLong, MD, received the award at a ceremony held in New...

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Isorg and Primo1D raise nearly €10 million

This summer was a record one for two Grenoble start-ups. Isorg, which specializes in printed electronics, raised €6.4 million, while Primo1D, which focuses on integrated electronics for textiles and plastics, brought in more than €10 million.

For Isorg, founded...

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First Step Challenge 2014: five projects selected

On November 14, four of the five candidates selected to participate in the First Step Challenge will submit their funding requests (which are required if a start-up turns out to be the chosen track to technology transfer).
The four projects—a...

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Jean-Marc Dedulle to head continuing and executive ed at Grenoble Institute of Technology

Jean-Marc Dedulle was appointed director of Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Division of Continuing and Executive Education. Dedulle, who formerly served as Phelma’s head of corporate relations, succeeds Didier Pellegrino. The appointment is the logical next step in a 20-year career that...

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Phelma 2014–2015 admissions right on target

The 2014–2015 academic year is underway, and Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma engineering school is right on target in terms of admissions. This year, the school admitted 365 first-year students, down from 381 last year. The school decided to limit this year’s...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology ranks high for innovation

Grenoble Institute of Technology won first place for innovation and research for the fourth time in five years in a ranking published by Industrie & Technologies magazine. The school came in ahead of big names Polytechnique and INSA Lyon, most notably...

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Construction to start on new photonics lab

Construction of a new photonics lab will start this month, with delivery scheduled in Q4 2016. The new facility will be home to 230 employees of Leti’s Optics and Photonics Department, currently spread out across five different locations.
The five-story...

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Science Fair now open to elementary schoolers

For the first time ever, the MINATEC Science Fair, held during France’s national Science Week, will welcome elementary-school students. On Thursday, October 9, five elementary-school classes will come to the Science Fair, discovering booths with activities designed just for them. As...

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MINA-NEWS contest winner test drives Toyota Coms for a week

Marjolaine Allain was the first MINA-NEWS reader to spot the two “April fool’s” articles hidden in the newsletter’s April issue. Her sharp eye won her a week’s use of one of the CEA’s 30 electric vehicles. And the prize was greatly...

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MINATEC projects win big in 2014 start-up contest

What do fabless semiconductors, gallium-nitride-on-silicon power transistors, electrostimulation patches to treat pain, and a motion-powered energy generator have in common? All four are MINATEC R&D projects that won awards in July (along with three other non-MINATEC projects) in France’s 16th national...

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MINATEC celebrates LNT’s tenth anniversary in Ho Chi Minh City

MINATEC Director Jean-Charles Guibert was part of a delegation that travelled from Grenoble to Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Laboratory for NanoTechnology on September 19.
The lab, located on the Vietnam National University campus,...

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Nano@school offers high-schoolers two new workshops

This year, Nano@school, which gives high-school students an introduction to nanoscience research, is offering seven workshops—including two that are totally new.
The Sensors and Microsystems workshop will be held at the CIME Nanotech lab of the same name. Students will...

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Interview Florian Pebay-Peyroula: We have to do more to fight against counterfeit circuits

Florian Pebay-Peyroula, head of Leti’s Communicating Objects and Systems Security Lab:

« “We have to do more to fight against counterfeit circuits” »



Leti was involved in the ENIAC TOISE (Trusted Computing for European Embedded Systems) project, which was...

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Second innovation marketing conference to be held on November 13

The second innovation marketing conference (Rencontres du Marketing de l’Innovation) will be held at MINATEC on Thursday, November 13. The first edition of the event, held in 2012, was a huge success, bringing in 350 attendees (50% from industry). This year,...

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The town of St. Martin d’Uriage jumps on Mobility Village bandwagon

The “Mobility Village” project, an initiative of the MINATEC IDEAs Laboratory, launched in April in the town of St. Martin d’Uriage, outside of Grenoble. The project aims to identify local residents’ mobility-related needs to help better target emerging solutions.
And,...

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eVaderis microcontrollers could use ten times less energy in standby mode

eVaderis, a Grenoble-based start-up created on September 5, is developing microcontrollers that could use ten times less energy in standby mode while offering features equivalent to the components currently on the market.
The company, which will soon count around ten employees,...

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Semicon Europa (finally) comes to Grenoble

Semicon Europa, the world’s leading microelectronics-industry trade fair, has been held every year for the past 35 years. But not once has the event taken place in Grenoble—until now. Semicon Europa 2014 will come to Grenoble’s Alpexpo expo center from October...

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IRT Nanoelec video teaches and entertains

The IRT Nanoelec education program will soon be putting an original educational video online. The short animated video aims to teach non-specialists about nanoelectronics and its applications.
The video’s attractive visuals and irreverent tone are intended to resonate with the...

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