February 2017

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World-first: 300 mm CMOS qubits

INAC and Leti recently achieved a world-first, successfully demonstrating that a quantum bit, or qubit, made using 300 mm CMOS FDSOI, works! The qubit—the basic building block for quantum computing—was measured at 10 mK. This groundbreaking lab experiment proved that, despite...
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RRAM memory emulates synaptic plasticity

The human brain’s synapses—which send signals between neurons—can strengthen or weaken due to increases or decreases in activity. In the future, it may be possible to reproduce synaptic plasticity with RRAM memory run by specific coding schemes. A team of researchers...
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STT-MRAM memory gets higher write speeds

Researchers at Spintec have achieved higher STT-MRAM write speeds with lower electrical write voltage. They did it by introducing easy cone anisotropy into the storage layer; this causes a 10° to 15° misalignment between the initial magnetism of the storage layer...
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When transistors become very sensitive to light

What do you get when you place a photodiode under the buried oxide of a FDSOI transistor? A transistor that is very sensitive to visible light! The transistor, developed and tested in laboratory conditions, was presented by Leti at the IEDM...
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Slashing LED costs fourfold now possible

LEDs developed under a joint research project between Leti and INAC could cost four times less to produce than competing products while generating three times more light. Ikea and Valeo are banking on it! The LEDs have not yet hit the...
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Perpendicular anisotropy: graphene and cobalt go hand in hand

When you stack several monolayers of cobalt to obtain perpendicular anisotropy the effect is diminished as the number of layers increases. However, when a layer of graphene is added to the stack the perpendicular anisotropy increases up to two times for...
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International Space Station: Germs be gone!

Long space missions present such a high risk of bacterial infection that astronauts spend 10% of their time cleaning! One of the objectives of the ISS Proxima mission (in which ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is participating) is to study five advanced antibacterial materials on board. Because the bacteria cannot adhere to the materials, they simply end up elsewhere—like in active filters that eliminate them.

Three of the materials were developed at Leti, which possesses unrivalled knowledge of these types of surface deposits. The institute is working alongside ENS Lyon, CNRS, Saint-Gobain, and CNES on the experiment. The materials were placed in racks...

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Interview: Thierry Bosc, Clinatec,
Thierry Bosc, Clinatec

€10 million in donations to invent tomorrow’s medicine

Your matching gift campaign brought in €10 million in donations. Were you surprised?

The matching gift concept is still very uncommon in France, and it had never been used for such a large fundraising campaign. We didn’t think we would get there this fast! Our sponsors, working under the watchful eye of Alain Mérieux, helped us reach our goal of €5 million in just six months. The Edmond J. Safra Foundation matched the amount. All of our donors—corporate (Biomerieux, Servier, ARaymond, Altran), foundations (France Parkinson, EDF), and individual—told us how proud they were to have contributed to the campaign’s success.


How will the...

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Thin-layer nanocomposites deliver unrivalled properties

Leti and LTM have developed a new class of thin-layer composites for microelectronics. The composites are made by dispersing a very high load—more than 50% of the total volume—of nanoparticles in a polymer matrix. The resulting composite delivers unrivalled properties: virtually...
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Bike pedal power sensor costs slashed tenfold

The power sensors that professional cyclists use cost more than $1,000 per unit. Leti presented a demonstrator system at CES 2017 that costs less than $100! The power sensor does not require any calibration, making it easy to use. Plus, it...
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Why are lithium battery losses so high on the first cycle?

Mn-Ni lithium batteries lose around 40% of the high capacities for which they are known on the first charge-discharge cycle. Scientists have been trying to find out why for years. A team of researchers from INAC and Leti, in conjunction with...
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Phelma and Ensimag join forces on embedded systems and connected objects

Students entering their second year at Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma and Ensimag schools in the fall of 2017 will have a new program available: Embedded Systems and Connected Objects (SEOC). The two schools merged their common Internet and Connected Systems...
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Phelma does well in L’Étudiant magazine engineering school ranking

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school is still near the top of the L’Étudiant magazine engineering school ranking, coming in 5th out of 168 schools for academic excellence. And the school moved from 31st to 7th place from 2016 to 2017...
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Challenge First Step 2016 gives more than €700K to startups

The Challenge First Step selection committee made their choice at the end of November. A total of eight startups will receive support and €734K has already been earmarked for the projects. Depending on the progress the founders make toward their stated...
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Nanosafety Platform website now online

The Nanosafety Platform (PNS) released the French version of its website last fall. And now the English version is also online. The Nanosafety Platform website, linked to the CEA Tech website, was created to inform businesses of the Platform’s services and technical...
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White paper on atomic layer deposition

A new white paper on atomic layer deposition is available free of charge on the website of French publisher Techniques de l’ingénieur. The 225-page white paper, in French, is titled Principes et applications de la technique ALD and provides an overview...
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NanoArt photo contest really zooms in!

Who could forget Maxime Legallais’ 2015 NanoArt-award-winning photo of a red silicon nanowire in the shape of the red AIDS-awareness ribbon? After a hiatus in 2016, NanoArt is back this year and Maxime’s title is up for grabs! The photo contest is...
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Micro- and Nanotech Observatory 2016 year in review

The Micro- and Nanotechnology Observatory (OMNT) has released its annual year in review report. The report, which covers thirteen topics, is a prime source of information on the advances, trends, and outlook for micro- and nanotechnologies. It is also a valuable...
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72 local high-school students to attend Inn.Otech 2017

The second Inn.Otech program, run by STMicroelectronics, Soitec, and Grenoble Institute of Technology will give 72 local high-school sophomores a chance to immerse themselves in the world of microelectronics and semiconductors. The program was set up to bust some myths about...
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Phelma introduces international materials-focused Master’s

Next September Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school will welcome a cohort of fifteen students to its new international Master’s in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (AMIS).   The curriculum covers the entire materials value chain, with a focus on integrating...
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Bag-Era makes the IoT more reliable

Bag-Era, which was founded in 2016 and is based in Montbonnot, near Grenoble, is developing the fruits of six years of research at Leti and IRT Nanoelec on synchronizing connected objects and services. Everybody is talking about the Internet of Things,...
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Apios sets out to repair large bone defects

The purpose of the Apios project, backed by LMGP*, is to mature a technology for repairing large (5 mm or more) bone defects—such as those due to maxillofacial or orthopedic injuries. The project leverages eight years of research and focuses on...
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Phelma: 2017 admissions open to graduates of additional science prep programs

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school will be saving two slots next fall for students coming out of preparatory classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science (formed when the Biology and Veterinary prep programs merged). This is the first time...
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Startup EnWires sets up shop at LMGP

In November startup EnWires moved from INAC (of which it is a spinoff) to engineering physics and materials lab LMGP. EnWires continues to conduct its basic research with INAC, but will now be able to use the process it has developed...
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Grenoble Institute of Technology 2017 adventure race to take place in Vercors

The 22nd annual Grenoble Institute of Technology adventure race will take place on May 6 and 7 in the Vercors mountains. The team event, organized by the students, is open to all: working professionals, women, men, the disabled…everyone is welcome! A qualification...
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1967–2017: Leti celebrates 50 years

Leti’s 50th anniversary celebrations kicked off on February 2 with a party on the ground floor of Maison MINATEC. The entire local innovation community was invited to come and celebrate with Leti and visit a special 50th-anniversary exhibit “Leti, pioneering micro-...
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Innov@School gets high-schoolers thinking about the homes of the future

What kind of homes will we live in tomorrow? Will they be mobile or stationary? What kind of energy will we use? Around 100 local high-school juniors enrolled in science tracks will try to answer these and other questions during the...
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Jean-Claude Royer joins Clinatec’s management team

Jean-Claude Royer was appointed to Clinatec in June 2016 to oversee implementation of the center’s roadmap and supervise all projects at the facility. He succeeded Astrid Astier. Prior to joining Clinatec, the Edmond J. Safra Biomedical Research Center, Royer, a physicist...
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ESRF Colloquia a success

The ESRF Colloquia series, which kicked off in 2016, has now reached cruising speed. The past few quarterly talks, which are free of charge and open to the general public, have routinely brought in more than 150 people. The topics addressed go...
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eVaderis gets influx of fresh capital

Grenoble-based startup eVaderis has raised funds from Starquest Capital, one of France’s most active innovation-focused investment firms, and from CEA Investissement. Since eVaderis was founded in 2014, the company has been working closely with Spintec and has received financial support from...
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