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June 2017

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P-SCAN pinpoints industrial systems’ vulnerabilities

As part of a partnership with international certification agency Bureau Veritas, Leti developed a test bench to verify the security of connected objects for industry, healthcare, transportation, and more generally, the Internet of...
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5G network prototype at Pyeongchang Olympics

The 5G Champion project, in which Leti is participating alongside the Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), will develop a 5G network prototype for the 28 GHz frequency band that will be...
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Mechanical constraint helps locate quantum light sources

New optoelectronic components like single-photon sources leverage semiconducting quantum dots integrated into a photonic structure. The sources are generally randomly distributed across a surface within the structure. Knowing the sources’ positions, however, is...
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Large-scale two-dimensional MoSe2 production with no tape!

Researchers at INAC recently synthesized homogeneous three-atomic-layer MoSe2 on a large scale using molecular beam epitaxy. Like other transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), MoSe2 is a two-dimensional semiconductor that offers vast potential for applications...
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First-ever 600 V/100 A GaN demonstrator transistor for power electronics

Power components now have their own transistor. Researchers at Leti completed the first-ever 600 V/100 A normally-off MIS-HEMT (metal-insulator-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistor) offering performance compatible with the requirements of power electronics. In addition, the...
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SensiNact released as open source

The SensiNact IoT peripherals integration and management platform developed by Leti facilitates the interoperability and processing of data from heterogeneous sensors installed in urban environments. Leti announced that the software would be released...
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Germanium: spin transistors just over the horizon

INAC recently made a significant advance toward using spin-orbit coupling in transistors as the result of research conducted in conjunction with CNRS Palaiseau and Jülich Research Center of Germany.

As its name indicates, spin-orbit coupling “couples” an electron’s momentum and spin. A new type of MRAM (magnetoresistive RAM) memory potentially capable of pushing back current limits could leverage spin-orbit coupling to multiply the pathways the electrical current can follow during the read and write cycles. Unfortunately, spin-orbit coupling, which makes it possible to manipulate spin, is virtually nonexistent in silicon and germanium, the materials used in today’s microelectronics. One solution is...

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Jean-Charles Guibert, Director, MINATEC; Advisor to the CEA Chairman for International Innovation Projects ,

MINATEC’s international reputation is what convinced the CEA to appoint me to this new position.

MINATEC’s international reputation is what convinced the CEA to appoint me to this new position.”


In April of this year, you were appointed Director, MINATEC, Advisor to the CEA Chairman for International Innovation Projects. What is your mandate?
The objective is to support the development of the CEA’s international relations. The CEA’s network of partners closely refl ects the organization’s traditional focus areas. My mandate as Director, MINATEC, Advisor to the CEA...

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Nanosafety Workshop: a uniquely interactive opportunity

The Nanosafety Platform will hold a day-long workshop on November 16, 2017 at the CEA’s Grenoble campus for all professionals concerned by the use and responsible development of nanomaterials. A total of 120...
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Photonics platform open for business after a six-month delay

The photonics platform, originally slated for delivery in November 2016—later pushed back to January 2017—, finally opened on May 2, 2017. In all, it took the builder six months to resolve the variety...
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Building an emergency shelter prototype in three days

A cohort of around fifteen college-level students from France and the United States will take part in a creativity workshop on June 13–15 where they will be tasked with creating an innovative emergency...
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Leti stands out at EuCAP conference

Millimeter-wave communications, which offer substantial bandwidth for higher transmission speeds, are garnering interest as a solution for tomorrow’s 5G networks. Leti is paying close attention, with a number of research projects on the...
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Nanocharacterization platform upgrades TEM equipment

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) produces much more than just images. The TEM equipment at the CEA nanocharacterization platform (PFNC) provides detailed information on the chemistry of the materials analyzed. And, to make sure...
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Neutron detector helps predict the impacts of snow melt

LPSC* developed a neutron detector for French electric utility EDF to measure the snow water equivalent (SWE), or the amount of water in snowpack. The neutrons, which reach the Earth’s surface in varying...
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DREAM project results published in six languages!

The European Commission recently published an article on the DREAM project, coordinated by Grenoble Institute of Technology from 2013–2016, in six languages on its web portal. Grenoble Institute of Technology’s G2ELab, DRIVE*, and...
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NXP and Phelma form a new kind of partnership

On March 24 NXP and Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school signed a partnership agreement—the first of its kind—that included an equipment donation. NXP agreed to finance the equipment for a new...
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New on the Micro- and Nanotech Observatory website

The new Micro- and Nanotechnology Observatory website went live in late 2016 and has been regularly updated with new publications ever since. Users can log on to their free account (for all CNRS,...
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Inno’Cup Junior 2017: teen innovators imagine the future

A total of ten projects will go head to head at the Inno’Cup Junior finals at MINATEC on July 11 and 12. Teen innovators (aged 15–18) will present a wide variety of product...
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GIANT runs tours for Presqu’île residents

Residents of Grenoble’s Presqu’île district will get a chance to tour Clinatec on July 3 and GreEn-ER (run by Grenoble Institute of Technology) on July 4. Visitors will be greeted by Heiko Buchholz, a performing...
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Nuclear: Phelma signs partnership with the University of Bristol

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school and the University of Bristol (England) recently signed a nuclear energy partnership. The two institutions had previously been ERASMUS partners for several years. Nuclear energy is...
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MT 180: Grenoble’s Sabrina Fadloun in the running at nationals

Imagine an electron as fast as Usain Bolt! Sabrina Fadloun had the jury—and the entire audience—hanging on her every word at the Grenoble-Alpes University finals of the MT 180 (My Thesis in 180...
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Open labs: Atelier Arts-Sciences and Ideas Lab expand circle of partners

The Isère General Council, already a partner of the Ideas Laboratory®, recently signed a new partnership, this time with the Experimenta expo, which will now be held once every two years. The next...
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Grenoble Institute of Technology moves up in 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject

This year, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble-Alpes University’s Engineering School, moved up 22 slots in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject released in March. Grenoble Institute of Technology came in 177th...
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Sylfen wins international innovation award from French newspaper Le Monde

Sylfen won the Le Monde Smart Cities competition International Award in Singapore on June 2, shortly after receiving the European Innovation Award for the Energy Category of the same competition in April. The...
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IRT Nanoelec: More than 300 SMBs have received services through the Easytech program

The Easytech program introduced by IRT Nanoelec in 2012 has provided digital innovation and technology transfer support services to more than 300 local SMBs to date. Participating SMBs can access IRT Nanoelec services...
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PUS improves energy yields at MINATEC

Engie Cofely subsidiary Pôle Utilités Services (PUS), which produces and distributes MINATEC’s technical fluids, would like to reduce its energy spending by between 5% and 10% by the end of 2018—without affecting service...
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Exploring artificial intelligence at Ideas Days

Ideas Days 2017, to be held by and at the MINATEC Ideas Laboratory® on July 4 and 5, will explore “Man and his relationship to the world from the Paleolithic age to artificial...
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Cholera test kit designed in Grenoble in iGEM competition

This year Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school and Grenoble-Alpes University (UGA) will once again enter the iGEM synthetic biology competition held by Boston’s MIT. The Grenoble team, which includes four students...
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