CEA-Leti expands 300 mm line with new contact fabrication capabilities
CEA-Leti has added even more new 300 mm equipment this year. The institute’s clean rooms can now fabricate their own low-resistance ohmic contacts—a BEOL process where the electrical junctions that link the active components of a circuit to the circuit’s connectors are made. The contacts fabricated at CEA-Leti offer resistances close to those made in industrial fabrication environments. This new capability will give even more weight to the R&D services CEA-Leti offers semiconductor-industry partners.
The new contactor fabrication process took two years to perfect. A set of masks—representing an investment of €50,000—was produced and a stable production process was finalized. CEA-Leti, which had previously outsourced certain 300 mm contact fabrication process steps to STMicroelectronics, can now complete these steps in house, shortening lead times on R&D projects for partners.
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FMNT backs four new equipment purchases
Three FMNT (Foundation for Micro and Nano Technology) partner labs had four equipment purchase requests, endorsed by FMNT, approved for funding by Grenoble INP. The equipment will be installed in the labs in 2021 and will be made available to other users through the OPE)N(RA characterization platform.
IMEP-LaHC will get a latest-generation semiconductor parameter analyzer and a fiber splicer for new “special” optical fibers. G2ELab will receive electrothermal characterization equipment for wide-gap semiconductor power component and multilayer component research. And LMGP will round out its protein production and purification equipment with a chromatography machine.
Street art comes to CEA Grenoble campus
In July a 300 sq. m mural on the Avenue des Martyrs side of the CEA’s 10.03 building was unveiled. The mural illustrates themes like science, innovation, athletics, disability, diversity, and movement. It also heralds in the 2021 Summer Games, a sporting event for research organizations across Europe. CEA Grenoble will co-host the Games with the CEA-ST Sports Club.
The mural was part of the Grenoble-Alpes 2020 Street Art Fest. Artists Srek and Killah One produced the mural under pressure, completing the initial line drawing with the aid of a videoprojector over an entire night. The eye-catching new artwork will draw attention to the campus as the surrounding neighborhood continues to evolve and welcome new residents as the major urban renewal project currently in progress advances.
Until further notice…
The global coronavirus pandemic has arrived in France, and in mid-March the nation went on lockdown until further notice, putting much of the activity on the MINATEC campus on standby.
For the first time in the CEA Grenoble campus’ history, which dates back to 1957, all non-essential activities have been curtailed. Major laboratories IMEP-LAHC and LMGP have implemented the same restrictions in line with the French government’s orders. Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma has closed its doors to all students, faculty, and staff. The BHT1 and BHT2 buildings, home to startups and other innovative companies, have shut down their processes, but are still allowing some tenants access to their office spaces.
Everyone’s priority is now to find new ways to keep working. Our scientists are able to log on to their tools and analyze their results from home. They can also pursue their theoretical research, writing, evaluation, and publishing activities. Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma has rolled out e-learning for all students. Faculty and staff are working from home.
We are also making sure that critical equipment like our cleanroom HVAC, filtration, and pressurization systems continues to operate correctly. Much of this work is being done remotely and, very occasionally, on-site by technicians.
Sending everyone home is MINATEC’s most powerful contribution to fighting the spread of Covid-19 at this stage in the pandemic. Labs and other facilities across the campus have also donated tens of thousands of surgical and FFP 2 masks to Grenoble University Medical Center. Other initiatives are taking shape. Available 3D printing resources that could potentially make ventilator parts are being identified and investigations on how to best sterilize surgical and other protective masks are underway.