Interview: Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Director, Leti
Categorie(s) : Interviews, MINATEC, News, Research
Published : 2 October 2017
Microelectronics is Leti’s home playing field
Leti just turned 50. What are the institute’s priorities today?
Leti’s goal is to leverage the 300 mm platform and advances in FDSOI to remain a leader in miniaturization technologies. Microelectronics is Leti’s home playing field. It is a diverse topic that offers many opportunities to integrate, transfer, and transpose new technology. True to Leti’s pioneering spirit, the institute intends to explore these opportunities to drive advances in technology. Innovation is a global race, one that must be won at home and at the frontiers.
What can you tell us about Leti’s partners?
Leti’s partners include global leaders like Intel, Stanford, Global Foundries, TSMC, and Oculus (a Facebook company). Leti has doubled the number of international industrial partnerships we run and strengthened relationships with traditional partners like STMicroelectronics, Soitec, and ULIS (a subsidiary of Sofradir). The institute has also broadened its partnerships in France to encompass component and systems integrators like Safran, or—earlier on in the integration value chain—with companies like Renault, Horiba, and Bureau Veritas.
What frontiers are you hoping to push back today?
Leti’s goal is to remain true to its identity—hardware to support miniaturization, low-power components and systems, and systems integration—while addressing the intelligence technologies that will revolutionize medicine, nutrition, transportation, and education.
Leti’s future challenges concern cyber-physical systems, which combine sensors, computing, and communications capabilities, as well as innovative medical systems. As for new materials like GaN, Leti feels that they will create some exciting opportunities.