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April 2021

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New ultra-low-power shape recognition

A new shape-recognition sensor developed by CEA-Leti and STMicroelectronics is making headlines for its extremely-low power consumption, which, at...

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Pentagons magnetically frustrated, but still fairly well-organized

Magnetic frustration is a phenomenon resulting from competing constraints in a material, such as when an atom’s magnetic moments...

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Spin Hall effect observed in a ferromagnetic material

The spin Hall effect, where a charge current is transformed into a spin current, has been amply documented, but...

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Wireless, batteryless lighting and roller shutter control

Electrical equipment manufacturer Legrand, CEA-Leti, and CEA-Liten recently unveiled their new wireless, batteryless connected switch technology. This thrice-patented innovation...

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Infrared holography could provide faster, more accurate cancer diagnosis

Diagnosing cancer from a biopsy currently takes between two days and two weeks. A PhD research project underway at...

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Hydrogen could prevent Covid-19-related runaway inflammation

TIMC (a CNRS-Grenoble-Alpes University lab) recently kicked off its HydroCovid clinical trial. The goal is to evaluate the effects...

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Silicon can emit single photons at 1.28 microns

Irig was among the partners on a French national research agency (ANR) project that resulted in the on-demand emission of single photons in silicon at 1.28 µm, a wavelength used in telecommunications. They did it by introducing carefully-engineered defects into the material. The goal is to integrate this photon source into CEA-Leti chips for quantum communications.  

There is certainly no lack of research on point defects in silicon and, specifically, light-emitting...

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Interview: Thierry Baron, director of LTM, the lead on the Need for IoT* project:,

More economical use of materials now a priority for the microelectronics industry

What is the rationale behind Need for IoT, a joint project between Grenoble-Alpes University, Grenoble INP, CNRS, and the CEA?

The idea for project, which launched in 2018, came from scientists at LTM and CEA-Leti. They wanted to head off the problem of dwindling cobalt, gallium, indium, germanium, and platinum supplies to mitigate the impact on the microelectronics industry and, especially, on IoT devices. The average smartphone contains dozens of these and...

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Microwire and quantum dot could connect two worlds

An 18 µm conical gallium arsenide microwire with a quantum dot at its base could one day help connect...

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Germanium-laser-on-silicon contacts could become more stable

Optronics researchers love the idea of germanium lasers on silicon—but the devices’ contacts are highly thermally unstable. In a...

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New mustard-gas assessment can be used up to fourteen days after exposure

Mustard gas has been banned by international treaties. However, it does remain a threat in certain armed conflicts and...

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STT-MRAM memory cells under under the microscope

For the past four years, Spintec has been working on a STT-MRAM memory point geometry that eliminates an etching...

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Smart window films boost indoor cellular service

Windows with insulating glass are good for your energy bills, but bad for cellular reception. This type of glazing...

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Phelma engages students through flipped classrooms

Grenoble INP-Phelma faculty members Fanny Poinsotte and Nicolas Ruty have been using flipped classrooms to teach their electronics classes...

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Eagerly-awaited ferroelectric tester arrives at G2Elab

G2Elab recently acquired a particularly buzz-worthy piece of characterization equipment. The eagerly-awaited TF3000, a state-of-the-art ferroelectric tester from aixACCT,...

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Radiobiology: X-ray generator delivered to Irig

Irig recently received a 250 kV X-ray irradiator with a maximum dose rate of 10 Gy/min. The new equipment...

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Four renovation projects will improve building energy performance at CEA-Grenoble

Four CEA-Grenoble buildings (40, D5, C4, and D4) will be rehabilitated to improve their energy performance. The work, financed...

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Clinatec Endowment Fund kicks off R&D programs

The Clinatec Endowment Fund is now running its own R&D programs at Clinatec leveraging CEA know-how and technologies. The...

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Quantum: New silicon qubit tester will save years

A silicon qubit tester recently acquired by CEA-Leti will substantially speed up quantum computer research. The tester can measure...

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Grapheal raises €1.9 million for its digital biosensors

Startup Grapheal, founded in 2019 by scientists at Institut Néel, recently raised €1.9 million in capital. The influx of...

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CEA Grenoble Director Bruno Feignier rolls out his roadmap

Management of the CEA’s Grenoble campus is now part of the CEA’s national organization. Bruno Feignier was appointed as...

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Becton Dickinson now a Grenoble INP - Phelma partner

The French subsidiary of Becton Dickinson (BD), a leading global manufacturer of medical and diagnostic equipment, became a Grenoble...

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Internet of Things: Making security better, together

The European DigiFed project, coordinated by CEA-Leti under the IRT Nanoelec* technology research organization, brings together sixteen European SMBs...

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Maxime Leprince’s mouth-watering Three Minute Thesis

Maxime Leprince, who is doing his PhD at CEA-Leti’s DTBS and CNRS lab CERMAV, earned great reviews for his...

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Covid and equal opportunity: Phelma remains vigilant

Grenoble INP - Phelma has been working hard to ensure that all students and, especially the most vulnerable, have...

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