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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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,...

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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...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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?...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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)...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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