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“The technical quality of the people at Leti is extremely high” said Carlotta Guiducci, Professor of Life Sciences Electronics (EPFL).
“They have large teams of people who are top-notch scientists in microelectronic and nanoelectronic technologies—and this is quite exceptional, even on a worldwide level.”
“Leti has technologies at standard levels used in industries,” said Dr. Guiducci. “At the same time they have more forefront technologies, taking things one step forward. For a technological partner, these are very precious assets. Innovation in micro and nanoelectronics needs to be designed and proven in collaboration with partners who own the technology at the state-of-the-art, and at the same time, are driven by a scientific mission
From Basic Research to the IoT: '‘Really Good Work and First Application of the Theory’'.
Prof. Claude Berrou from the Graduate School Telecom Bretagne teamed up with Leti researchers on a PhD project that built on the school’s work in artificial neural networks. Their innovation, which enables power efficiency on a small silicon footprint suitable for Internet of Things applications, demonstrated that features of neural clique networks can provide quick, optimal power management in electronic devices.
“I am deeply interested in applications for research,” he explained. “Previously in France, technology was not considered important for academic researchers. But this has changed now, and academics are increasingly looking at applied science and technological applications.”
I’m very pleased with the experience of this project at the scientific level. It was really good work and the first application of the theory,” Prof. Berrou said. “We had several publications, and thanks to these, we proved the importance and the success of our theories.”
LTM was created in 1999, by the Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Université Grenoble
Alpes (UGA), to promote collaboration in nanotechnologies
with Commissariat à l’Énérgie Atomique (CEA). The
partnership between LTM and Leti was strengthened
through collaborative work in the frame of several European
projects and industrial partnerships, on topics like new
etching chemistry, advanced processes for nanomaterials,
self-assembled nanowires, and most recently microfluidics
and nanotechnologies applied to health care.
“With Leti’s 200 mm and 300 mm clean room, research is
done on production tools, using the same facilities that you’d
have in industry,” said Doctor Baron. “Since you use the same
facilities that you’d have in industry, you can tackle the main
challenges of IC and manufacturers’ companies from the
Dr. Baron said, “The technological aspect is huge with
CEA-Leti. The reactivity is very good. They’re always willing
to take things a step further and to move the innovation to
industry. They always look at how to transform research
into products. This is unique in France in this field, and very
rare in the world.”
Leti has been collaborating with IMEP
for more than thirty years on a variety
of European projects, dealing with
miniaturization of nano-devices (including
CMOS and memories) and they have
shared hundreds of PhD students
exploring the most challenging physics and
characterization challenges of these new
“We are very lucky to be associated with
Leti, and to benefit from their advanced
technology and devices,” said Dr. Ghibaudo.
“They have world class expertise in a
number of technologies that go beyond
standard CMOS and the association with
our characterization and physical knowhow
is very successful.”
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.