The silicon R&D platform at CEA-Leti has helped make Grenoble one of the world’s top five R&D centers for integrated circuits and microsystems on 200 mm and 300 mm substrates that will hit the market within the next three to five years.
The platform operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with wafers circulating in short loops with plants around the world, including IRT Nanoelec partner STMicroelectronics’ Crolles plant near Grenoble.
The R&D conducted at the platform ranges from early-stage research and technology development through to demonstrators and prototyping. Equipment manufacturers send their people to the platform to test the systems they are developing, and the platform regularly spins-off start-ups to develop and commercialize its technologies.
IRT Nanoelec uses the platform for its 3D integration and photonics-on-silicon programs.
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- Operates 24/7
- 8,500 sq. m of clean rooms