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June 2014 Mina-News #30

Revolutionary micropump performance just over the horizon

The micropump, a type of drug delivery system, is well-known to diabetics, many of whom use the devices for their daily insulin injections. Although micropumps are both practical and reliable, they do have their drawbacks: First, with a price tag in the thousands of euros, they are costly. Second, the drug volumes delivered are limited to one microliter per minute. But R&D partners IMEP-LAHC, Leti, Eveon, and Cedrat Technologies have just unveiled a revolutionary new MEMS-based micropump capable...

April 2014 Mina-News #29

Dark matter found at MINATEC?

A group of researchers at INAC studying Josephson junctions back in 2004 may have unwittingly stumbled upon axions—the hypothetical elementary particles thought to make up dark matter. When applying a low voltage, the researchers noted a detectable electrical signal, but they were unsure of where it came from. At the time, they chalked it up to a measurement error, barely giving their “discovery” a brief mention in the article François Lefloch and his team published about their research. But last September,...

February 2014 Mina-News #28

Quantum simulation sheds new light on physics of advanced transistors

Researchers at INAC and Leti recently developed a quantum simulation code that is providing groundbreaking insights into the physics of advanced FD-SOI and Tri-gate transistors. What makes the researchers’ work so significant is that semi-traditional simulation models do not factor in the quantum effects that play an increasing role as transistor sizes trend towards the 10-nm mark. For example, as electron confinement increases, the number of bands of energy available to carry electricity...

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