innovation for industry
Fondée en 1992 par quatre chercheurs du CEA
désireux d’exploiter la technologie Smart Cut™ pour produire à l’échelle
industrielle des plaques de silicium-sur-isolant (SOI), Soitec est une des
premières start-ups essaimées du CEA-Leti.
According to Christophe Billard, who heads the shared laboratory for CEA-Leti, the topic of silicon carbide is a perfect illustration of how the partners complement one another: Leti positions itself upstream by immediately working on the next generations of silicon carbide wafers and by building theoretical and experimental understanding of Smart-CutTM applied to this material.
Catherine Maddalon, the shared lab leader for Soitec, adds that, For their part, Soitec and Applied Materials implement and are stabilizing the first generation of the product, which is destined to be quickly sent into production; this will be possible thanks to the pilot line. CEA-Leti, owing to its scientific and technical expertise, makes a leading contribution to the design of future products.
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.