April 2017

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New bacterial identification tool

Researchers at INAC, Leti, and LTM recently developed a novel single-cell bacterial identification method that uses a SOI nanophotonic optical structure that concentrates light to produce a very intense electromagnetic field that can attract and trap a single bacterial cell. Fluctuations...
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Nanometric electrical wires will soon be here

Molecular-size electrical wires will soon be a reality. Researchers from the Institut Charles-Sadron (CNRS, Strasbourg) successfully coated polymer semiconductor P3BT, or poly(3-butylthiophene), fibers with insulating nanotubes by two-dimensional self-assembly of liquid esters using a heterogeneous germination process. Researchers at INAC used atomic-force...
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Mapping magnetic fields: INAC innovates!

When you place little compasses in a magnetic field, they spontaneously align with the magnetic field. Researchers at INAC developed and patented a local magnetic-field mapping system that leverages this concept. Stated simply, the researchers invented a matrix of flexible micrometric...
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Deeper insights into electrolytes’ ionic conductivity

How do solvent molecules and anions organize themselves around the lithium in the electrolyte of a lithium-ion battery? Researchers from INAC and Liten used DFT, a computational quantum mechanical modelling method, and molecular dynamics to find answers. Their results were confirmed...
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Atomic moirés’ crystallographic structure under the microscope

When it comes to atomic moirés, appearances can be deceiving. The wavy patterns are caused by the vertical movement of atoms and interference from electronic waves in the crystals. Researchers from Institut Néel, the CEA, and Grenoble-Alpes University joined forces to...
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A micro-display with incredible resolution

Leti unveiled a new micro-LED display at Photonics West in January 2017. The 873 x 500 pixel display has a pixel pitch of 10 microns and is the fruit of four years of research and development. The technological breakthrough is based on...
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Leti experiments with 5G networks at MINATEC

Leti convinced France’s telecommunications regulator ARCEP to issue a license for the institute to run a six-month trial (H1 2017) at 3.5 GHz with a bandwidth of 40 MHz.
The frequency could be the first to be released for 5G network rollout, and Leti wants to use it for multiservice transmission tests on the MINATEC campus. A base station was installed at a high point on the campus and three mobile terminals will be used to emulate smartphones.
The researchers working on the project will start by tackling how to enhance the signal waveform and decode it at the receiver. In...

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Interview: Stéphane Renard, Founder and CTO, Tronics Microsystems ,

A majority stake in Tronics is a golden opportunity for Epcos

Tronics Microsystems was founded in 1997. Can you tell us how it all came about?
During the 1990s, Leti had developed innovative sensor technologies for several manufacturers looking to create products like accelerometers and pressure sensors using these technologies and penetrate new high-growth markets. At the time, I also wanted to seize the opportunity. So I founded Tronics as a Leti spinoff.

What has helped to make Tronics so successful?
The primary factor is without a doubt technology. Tronics has leveraged Leti research and patents to manufacture its MEMS. However, Tronics also managed to build a team of engineers combining manufacturing know-how...

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Obstacle detection for all with INSPEX

The EU-funded INSPEX project was set up to develop portable guidance systems for low-visibility conditions. Coordinated by Leti, the project, which kicked off in 2017, is expected to result in systems for humans as well as for light drones and robots. The...
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Nanobiose strengthens ties with MINATEC

Nanobiose is headquartered in Le Bourget du Lac. But since the startup signed an R&D contract with Grenoble Institute of Technology, its staff can often be found at MINATEC using the resources at CIME Nanotech and LMGP. Founded in July 2016, Nanobiose...
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Phelma strong in French Physics Society tournament

A team of undergraduate and graduate students from Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school attempted to solve a unique problem at the French Physicists’ Tournament in February. Can the height of a kernel of popcorn’s “jump” be determined from the...
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ISKN: Results worth writing about!

ISKN, a startup founded in 2014 to develop and commercialize a Leti technology, has seen its revenue grow by 400% per year—a success by any measure. To date, ISKN has sold more than 30,000 units of its Slate digital sketchpad. The Slate2,...
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Startups: Two Phelma grads earn kudos

Two graduates of Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school have earned recognition for their business plans from the business incubator Pépite Ozer (a Grenoble-Alpes University Community initiative) where they are hosted. Paola Ceccato, who graduated from the SICOM program in 2015,...
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Leti unveils new website

Leti’s new website went online in early March for the institute’s 50th anniversary, which was in 2017. The new site promotes Leti’s pioneering spirit and showcases the institute’s research activities through a variety of multimedia content, from scientific reports to demonstrator...
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Phelma Junior Consultants moving up

Phelma Junior Consultants was audited in December 2016 by France’s National Federation of Student Enterprises (CNJE) and has subsequently moved up from “Junior-Création” status to “Pépinière Junior-Entreprise” (incubator) status. That leaves just one more step to the top, “Junior-Entreprise,” a move Phelma...
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Atos joins Phelma Partners Circle

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school recently signed an initial one-year partnership agreement with Atos, a leading international digital services provider. Phelma had been anxiously awaiting the agreement, as the school already counted Amesys Bull among its partners before it...
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Five weeks of nanotechnology!

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s 15th Summer School in Nanotechnologies will take place at MINATEC from June 12 to July 13. A cohort of around 20 undergraduate and graduate students from top-tier universities around the globe will attend. All classes will be taught in...
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Even more CEA technologies in the spotlight at this year’s Forum 5i!

The 20th Forum 5i will be held on Thursday, June 1 at the World Trade Center in Grenoble. Of the twelve emerging innovations selected for this year’s technology showcase, two are based on technologies developed at the CEA. Startup Morphosense, a Leti...
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A Chair of Excellence for MAX phases

Michel Barsoum of Drexel University’s (Philadelphia) Materials Science and Engineering Department has just been appointed to the Grenoble-Alpes University-Fondation Nanosciences Chair of Excellence to pursue his research on MAX phases. Barsoum will create two-dimensional systems from a new family of composites,...
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EEA Club: A Grenoble congress with a European flavor

The 57th annual congress of the EEA Club will be held on June 8 and 9 at Phelma’s MINATEC campus location. The event will bring together professors and researchers in the fields of electronics, electrotechnics, automatics, and signal and image processing....
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Lancey Energy Storage introduces the smart radiator

This fall, Lancey Energy Storage, a startup housed at Phelma’s MINATEC location, installed around a hundred of its smart radiators for field testing. The radiators are equipped with lithium batteries connected to a communicating meter to store energy during off -peak...
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Avalun begins scaling up its LabPad® for manufacturing

Avalun, which received support from the French government’s investissements d’avenir program in 2016, is growing! The Leti spinoff, founded in 2013, recently moved into the BHT, where it will have a modular space of 175 sq. m, an 80 sq. m...
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Activage puts digital technology to work for the elderly

The Activage project, which was selected by the European Commission for support under the H2020 program, will assess the performance of innovative secure assisted living solutions to help the elderly live in their homes longer. The €20 million project involves a consortium...
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Power electronics: Exagan speeds up production

Exagan recently started production of its materials in the company’s own cleanrooms, marking a major step toward the launch of its first power components. The company is using an Aixtron 200 mm epitaxy machine and the G-Stack™ process, developed by Exagan with...
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LPSC nuclear instrumentation platform transformed

Thanks to major renovations completed several months ago, the LPSC (the Subatomic Physics and Cosmology Laboratory operated by Grenoble Institute of Technology and Grenoble-Alpes University) nuclear instrumentation platform has been completely transformed. A 240 sq. m addition has substantially expanded the facility,...
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CEA one of the world’s most innovative publicly-funded research organizations

The Reuters-Clarivate Analytics “Top 25 Global Innovators – Government” ranking was published on March 1. And the CEA is at the top of the list. The CEA pulled ahead of Germany’s Fraunhofer Society and Max Planck Society, ranking first in Europe. In...
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