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Advances in memory—increasing the amount of information that can be saved for a given surface area and integrating memory closer to computing resources—could bring benefits to AI. CEA-Leti, a CEA Tech institute, recently presented two major innovations at the IEDM 2020* conference.
As the number of electronic devices people use every day grows, higher-yield, more compact power converters will be needed more than ever. In research conducted for a Carnot Energie du Futur project called Nice GaN, CEA-Liten, a CEA Tech institute, developed software that can rapidly dimension the magnetic components inside power converters.
Ultrasound could soon become a fast, accurate technique for diagnosing strokes. CEA-List, a CEA Tech institute, is developing digital tools for this purpose on machines at the BioMaps lab at the CEA-Joliot imaging platform.
CEA-Liten, a CEA Tech institute, has invented the first-ever thermal sensors to utilize thermoelectricity to keep power electronics like HEMT transistors from overheating. The innovation does not impact fabrication processes or costs.
The miniature, hyper-sensitive photoacoustic sensors being developed by the Redfinch consortium, which includes CEA-Leti, a CEA Tech institute, can detect even the tiniest gas leaks in real time, making them ideal for petrochemical plant monitoring.
Electrolyzers used to produce hydrogen from electricity, can help balance supply and demand on electricity grids. CEA-Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently took part in the EU QualyGridS project, which addressed the topic.
With additive manufacturing, parts with complex designs can be made in a single step. CEA Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently used the technique to prototype a heat exchanger-reactor that could lead to more efficient production of synthetic fuels using a process called CO2 hydrogenation.
CEA-List, a CEA Tech institute, partnered with Nicomatic to develop a non-destructive testing (NDT) method for detecting the early signs of faults in electrical cables. They used a new, more sensitive and effective type of reflectometry.
Explainable AI—when an artificial intelligence produces an explanation of a decision along with the decision itself—is a requirement for certain applications. CEA-List, a CEA Tech institute, recently tackled this major issue in trusted AI by developing a new machine learning module that can classify images and annotate objects. The module has been integrated into the ExpressIF® AI platform.
Managing the intermittent nature of renewable energy production is one of the challenges to grid integration. CEA-Liten, a CEA Tech institute, developed a decision-assistance tool to optimize energy storage and ensure better grid regulation for a variety of time horizons.
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.