Highlights 2016

December 2016

GreEn-ER open for business, ribbon-cutting in December

The GreEn-ER center for innovation in renewable resources and energy has been up and running for a year now. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on December 5. Every day, some 1,500 people—students enrolled at Ense3 and in Masters programs like Grenoble-Alps University’s UFR Phitem and researchers from G2ELAB and the Institut Carnot Énergies du Futur—use GreEn-ER’s facilities.
Over the past year, GreEn-ER has also hosted a full calendar of events, including the Hydro 21 meeting and AFIG Days. This fall, Ense3 is holding a six-lecture series on interculturality at the facility.
In other notable GreEn-ER news, a weather station equipped with state-of-the-art sensors to measure solar irradiance was recently installed on the building’s roof. The data collected will be used to manage building systems and will also be available for use by students and research scientists.

Leti working with GlobalFoundries on 22 nm FD-SOI

FinFET and FD-SOI are currently neck-and-neck in the race to further miniaturize CMOS circuits beyond the 28 nm node. And major market players will play a key role in determining which technology wins. Leti, which has been betting on FD-SOI for years now, recently joined the 22FDXAccelerator ecosystem created by GlobalFoundries, the world’s second-largest foundry.
The consortium, which brings together around 20 manufacturers and research institutes, promotes FD-SOI’s benefits: ultra-low power consumption, low cost, and better RF performance than FinFET. 22FDXAccelerator also develops enabling technologies and files patents to encourage manufacturers to switch to FD-SOI technology.
And certain pioneers have already made the shift: NXP for its new automotive platform and Sony for its next generation of GPS products.

Photonics platform delivery date pushed back

Delivery of the six-level, 12,800 sq. m photonics platform was originally scheduled for early November, but has been pushed back to January due to construction delays and the results of certain tests. The contractor that won the bid will have to put additional resources on the job to complete construction. The CEA has set up a dedicated team to keep a very close eye on the construction project on a day-to-day basis to ensure that the building will meet all specifications.
The unforeseen issues on the project will push back the opening of the platform by at least two months. The 230 Leti-DOPT employees to be assigned to the platform will have to wait until early March to start moving in. These employees are currently spread out over five different locations and use around 360 pieces of equipment for their research. These resources will still be transferred to the new platform in 2017, but the schedule is currently being revised in light of the construction delays.


October 2016

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 science happening in Inac labs. Inac has also published a video presenting the institute.
The videos were produced and directed by Julien Ridouard, a graduate student in scientific communication completing his internship at the institute. Additional videos starring PhD candidates and experienced research scientists from Inac’s five labs are expected to follow.
View videos at http://inac.cea.fr/ and on Inac’s YouTube channel

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 faculty member who pioneered signal processing and who passed away in 2006.
One thing that makes this dorm unique is the 34 one-bedroom apartments for couples and siblings. There are also studio apartments, three-bedroom apartments for students wishing to live with roommates, as well as handicapped-accessible units. The 260 units are managed by CROUS. The entire dorm is equipped with wireless internet access, has a study room, an outdoor space, a bike room, a gym, and a multipurpose room. Students who don’t live there can also use the dorm’s student club facilities, cafeteria, and health center.


June 2016

Nanocharacterization Platform turns ten

Nanocharacterization Platform partners Leti, Liten, and INAC will celebrate its tenth anniversary in September. Platform employees and other stakeholders having contributed to its development will celebrate the milestone at a day-long scientific and commemorative event retracing the facility’s past and presenting its plans for the future.
The platform is unlike any other facility in the world, bringing together in a single location around 50 pieces of equipment covering a broad range of research needs. Certain equipment—like the Titan Ultimate transmission electron microscope offering a 0.5 angstrom resolution—is the most powerful in the world. Other, more standard equipment offers advanced features, like a scanning electron microscope that halves crystallographic imaging analysis times. The facility provides MINATEC researchers with a truly state-of-the-art resource.

Leti joins global Stanford University SystemX Alliance

In February, Leti became an active member of the Stanford University SystemX Alliance, which brings together 80 Stanford faculty members and 21 market-leading corporations like Google, Ericsson, and Toshiba. Leti is the first technological research organization to join, and its membership will strengthen ties between business and academic research.
Leti will gain unique insights into global R&D strategies in the institute’s areas of research and privileged relationships with Stanford and major corporations that could lead to joint R&D projects in the future. In April, Leti presented its research on millimeter-wave radio and antennas alongside speakers from China Mobile and Intel. In May, Leti researchers attended a SystemX Alliance conference.


February 2016

CEA: Stéphane Siebert appointed Director of Technological Research

On January 1, 2016, Stéphane Siebert succeeded Jean Therme as Director of Technological Research of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). After earning a degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, he spent eight years at the CEA’s Grenoble campus, first conducting Ph.D. research and then in a staff research position. He spent the next six years founding and developing Corys, a CEA spinoff. He later held several administrative positions for the City of Grenoble, France, which he served for twelve years.
Mr. Siebert returned to the CEA in 2007, working on major projects like setting up MINATEC and GIANT and rolling out the CEA Tech regional tech transfer office initiative. He plans to pursue the development strategy initiated by his predecessor, Jean Therme, who will serve as Special Advisor to the Director of Technological Research in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as Deputy Director for Renewable Energies reporting to the CEA Chairman.


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