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October 2016

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MRIs could become more accurate and affordable

Researchers from Leti and G2Elab are working to develop a new kind of medical imaging technology, “fast field-cycling MRI” (FFC-MRI). The research is being conducted under the four-year EU IDentIFY project, which kicked off in 2016. The new MRI is expected...
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Driverless vehicles: it’s all about the algorithms

The main obstacle to developing tomorrow’s 100% driverless vehicles is the huge processing power required. Today, you would have to virtually fill the vehicles with powerful computers to run them! For the past three years, researchers at Leti have been working...
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Josephson junctions: four terminals make the difference

A traditional Josephson junction has two superconducting terminals. But researchers at Inac* recently looked at the theoretical behavior of four-terminal junctions—and the idea was an excellent one! The researchers predicted that, by applying a different voltage to two of the terminals,...
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Rethinking resistive memory

Resistive memory (ReRAM) is a thousand times faster than flash memory and will likely replace flash in coming years. Leti is already working on ReRAM with industrial R&D partners, and has designed a tool to improve memory performance that calculates the...
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Nanocomputers: skyrmions now within reach

Researchers at Spintec have achieved skyrmions that are stable at ambient temperature and without a magnetic field. The researchers deposited a magnetic layer of cobalt several atoms thick between a layer of platinum and a layer of magnesium oxide. The resulting...
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LMGP takes atomic layer deposition to the next level

At the end of September LMGP presented its new SALD (Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition) reactor to MINATEC. It is the first reactor of its kind in France. It operates at atmospheric pressure, bringing down costs, and can perform atomic layer deposition...
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Top news

MRIs could become more accurate and affordable

Researchers from Leti and G2Elab are working to develop a new kind of medical imaging technology, “fast field-cycling MRI” (FFC-MRI). The research is being conducted under the four-year EU IDentIFY project, which kicked off in 2016. The new MRI is expected to be both more accurate and affordable than current technologies.

The concept was developed at the University of Aberdeen, where a prototype was used to demonstrate the technology’s capacity to detect cancer, characterize pre-cancerous areas, and monitor diseased tissues’ response to treatment. FFC-MRI could also be used for the early diagnoses of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Controlling magnetic fields remains...

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Interview

Interview: Jérôme Casas, Biologist, Tours University,

In March you took on a new role: heading the Grenoble-based Instituts Carnot Chair for Bio-inspired Technology. What’s it all about?

I’m a guest researcher, and will be spending at least 20 days per year on site. I’ll be helping Leti researchers on several projects that should ultimately produce demonstrator systems. The first two involve an artificial nose and neuromorphic circuits capable of local information processing.

What can biology do for microsystems?

Living organisms present a level of operational efficiency shaped by the instinct to survive and enhanced by thousands of years of natural selection. They are sophisticated and unusual enough to...

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Lensless imaging: Iprasense releases a new product

The joint lab between Iprasense and Leti has designed a new product, Cytonote Counter. This lensless digital microscope can observe a very large field (30 mm2) and measure cell viability with unrivalled reproducibility and precision. The markerless cell-viability measurement is based...
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CoolCube® attains more than 10 million 3D contacts/mm2

Leti is extending its 3D integration roadmap with its CoolCube® technology developed in conjunction with several industrial R&D partners including IBM and STMicroelectronics. The technology attains 10 million 3D contacts per mm2, a huge increase over the 100,000 contacts delivered by...
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A power converter that can withstand 200 °C

Researchers at Leti have tested in real-world conditions a power converter capable of operating at an ambient temperature of 200 °C (and up to around 250 °C). High temperatures like these are common in automotive, aeronautics, and oil and gas drilling...
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Inac website features four researcher profile videos

Inac has started publishing video content on its website and on YouTube. The latest additions are the profiles of four basic-science researchers who boldly volunteered to be featured. The short—under four minute—videos are simple and straightforward, showing the people behind the...
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4,800 runners expected at 8th Grenoble Ekiden marathon

The Grenoble Ekiden relay marathon has become more popular with every passing year. This year, the entire event was overhauled to accommodate even more runners. The race, to be held on Sunday, October 23, will welcome 800 six-runner teams (up from...
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Recommended reading: Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Nanowires

Vincent Consonni (CNRS/LMGP) and Guy Feuillet (CEA-Leti) co-edited Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Nanowires, a two-volume, 630-page book published by Wiley-ISTE. Contributions from 44 authors from around the globe cover all aspects of GaN and ZnO nanowires with chapters on the wires’...

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BigClouT is inventing smart cities

The Greater Grenoble Area is working with three other urban areas—Tsukuba, Fujisawa, and Bristol—on the BigClouT project, a joint initiative between the EU and Japan that Leti is coordinating. The project aims to develop and test applications for smart cities on...
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CIME Nanotech gets ion milling equipment

CIME Nanotech recently commissioned an ion-beam milling machine (from scia Systems GmbH) in its clean room. The €500,000 machine was financed in part (50%) by IRT Nanoelec. It will be used for both training and R&D. It has a Hidden spectrometer...
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Challenge First Step 2016 cohort the best to date

The 2016 edition of the Challenge First Step is the best to date, with ten projects selected in June. The Challenge was set up to identify startup ideas at CEA Tech labs and give the project leaders support taking the crucial...
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Semicon Europa returns to Grenoble

Semicon Europa first came to Grenoble in 2014, attracting record numbers of exhibitors and visitors. Semicon Europa 2016, to be held on October 25–27 at Alpexpo, has some high standards to live up to. And the pressure is on! A number...
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Tomorrow’s engineers already entrepreneurs!

In May, three students from Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school won the region’s Campus Création entrepreneurship award for their innovation: Oria, a ring that creates sound effects to accompany the notes played on a digital musical instrument. Since September,...
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Cross-disciplinary program for Grenoble-Alpes University

Grenoble-Alpes University received around 50 expressions of interest in response to its call for proposals for the IDEX (a French government program to boost cross-disciplinary programs on campuses across the nation) Cross-Disciplinary Program (CDP). In June and July, the university held...
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2016–2017 academic year off to a strong start for Phelma

Phelma’s 2016 incoming class has set new records in the common entrance exam rankings, rising between 100 and 200 slots depending on major. The school’s 2015 rankings were already remarkable! The total number of incoming students was similar to 2015. In initial...
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National i-Lab competition recognizes four CEA Tech projects

Once again this year, CEA Tech startups have brought home a bumper crop of awards in the i-Lab national competition for innovative tech startups. A total of €820,000 will go to the following four projects:
  • EnWires, founded in 2016, is developing...
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Grenoble Institute of Technology and STMicroelectronics partner on analog electronics certificate course

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s continuing education course on analog electronics, which kicked off on June 1, counts 19 students, all employees at STMicroelectronics Grenoble and Crolles sites. The program was developed in partnership with STMicroelectronics, and participants will earn a certificate...
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Phelma auditorium and extension now an integral part of MINATEC

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school cut the ribbon on two new buildings—an auditorium and an extension—in June. Used from the start of the new academic year, at Sustainable Mobility Days, and at the Parvis des Sciences science fair, it...
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Parvis des Sciences science fair growing

The 2016 Parvis des Sciences, which coincides with France’s 25th annual national Science Week, is expanding considerably this year, with twice as much event space and more than 40 activities, up from 27 in 2015. October 6 and 7 will be open...
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eLichens raises €3 million

Grenoble-based startup eLichens raised more than €3 million in fresh capital from six investors this summer, less than two years after the company was founded. The company specializes in optical microsensors and software to measure and monitor air quality and works...
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Phelma: new management, same objectives

Anne Vilcot, who took the reins as President of Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school on June 15, 2016, will lead an administration team that remains virtually unchanged with: Alice Caplier (international relations), Saïd Obbade (corporate relations), and Christine Morales...
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MINATEC’s new website on line

MINATEC’s website has been completely overhauled. The responsive web design displays correctly on all devices. The look and feel is lighter and more modern. The new homepage uses eye-catching photography to make finding the right information easy in just one click:...
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New student dormitory opens in Presqu’île neighborhood

In September, a new student dormitory opened in the Presqu’île neighborhood, just a five-minute tram ride from Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school and right across from GreEN-ER. The 300-student dorm is named after Geneviève-Jourdain, a Grenoble Institute of Technology...
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EXPERIMENTA fair to feature 20 installations

The EXPERIMENTA art, science, and technology fair, to be held on October 6–8, will feature around 20 installations combining art and technology in truly novel ways. Visitors will get a chance to discover new experiences and performances, from going “inside” a...
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Maison MINATEC expands capacity

The 450 sq. m Maison MINATEC extension—now open for business—brings the event facility’s total surface area to 1,350 sq. m. and boosts its capacity from 600 to 1,200 people. In 2015 the facility hosted 120 events and received nearly 40,000 visitors,...
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