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Published on 25 February 2017

A SMART GAMMA CAMERA TO SPOT AND IDENTIFY RADIOACTIVE NUCLIDES

Guillaume Montémont’s poster showing how Leti’s portable spectrometric gamma camera allows simultaneous location and identification of radionuclides in the field of view won the Best Poster Award at the ANIMMA 2015 in Lisbon.

The camera implements unique detector technology combining spectral and spatial resolution at low cost by using dedicated signal processing known as sub-pixel positioning. Sub-pixel positioning was first integrated in a gamma camera at Leti in 2013. 
BEST PAPER AWARD FOR WORK ON ULTRA-LOW POWER ICS

Research on innovative power-reduction techniques for ultralow-power, non-volatile integrated circuits won the Best Paper Award at the ASYNC Conference 2015. The paper was co-authored by Edith Beigné, a senior scientist at Leti, and two partners, Eldar Zianbetov of CEA/SPINTEC, and Gregory Di Pendina of CNRS/SPINTEC. Their project entailed a first demonstration of non-volatile C element and half-buffer implementation based on a hybrid technology incorporating 28nm CMOS FDSOI and 40nm STT-MRAM magnetic technologies. 

The project team implemented non-volatile asynchronous circuits with quasi-zero leakage consumption, almost instant back-up and wake-up time and are robust even in unstable power-supply environments.


DOCTORAL CANDIDATE WINS BEST PAPER AWARD

PhD candidate Natalija Jovanovic won the 2015 Best Paper Award at the IEEE SOI-3D-Subthreshold Conference. Her paper presents Leti’s investigation of design architecture and optimum resistance state values for high-endurance, high-yield energy-efficient OxRAM-based non-volatile flip-flops (NVFF) for ultra-low power applications in 28nm FD-SOI. The paper was co-authored by thesis supervisor Olivier Thomas of Leti, co-supervisor Prof. Borivoje Nikolic of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, and thesis director Prof. Lirida Naviner, Telecom ParisTech. Natalija received her PhD in March 2016. 
RECONFIGURABLE TRANSMIT-ARRAY ANTENNAS PROJECT EARNS BEST PAPER AWARD

PhD student Luca Di Palma won the Best Paper Award at the Journées Nationales Microondes conference in Bordeaux for his research showing how a new architecture of reconfigurable transmit-array antennas enables a 45% reduction in thickness compared with standard devices.
 
This innovation entailed the use of four focal sources instead of one and investigation of the impact of this architectural change in radiation performance. The Leti team was the first to demonstrate this architecture, establishing it as a leader in reconfigurable transmit-array antennas. Several prototypes have exhibited innovative technical solutions and superior state-of-the-art performance.


WHERE ROBOTICS MEETS HUMANS

Andres Ospina, a PhD student in robotics, won the 2015 Mechatronics Award at the European Mechatronics Meeting (EMM) for his research on a tactile sensing system ready for integration in small robotics fingers or human-machine tactile interaction.

Based on 3-axis MEMs force sensors, the innovative system provides a sensitive surface capable of measuring the contact position, and the force and torque components.
ROBERT ESTIVILL STROUD HONORED FOR ATOM-PROBE TOMOGRAPHY RESEARCH

Robert Estivill Stroud won a Presidential Scholar Award granted by the Microscopy Society of America for his research showing how atomprobe tomography can be used to characterize the chemical composition of 14nm-node devices in 3 dimensions with a sub-nanometer scale.

This breakthrough provides fundamental knowledge of local dopant distributions in devices, primarily boron, that cannot be obtained in three dimensions by other characterization techniques. This method will be used in other research programs involving atom-probe tomography. 


LETI PAPER HONORED BY IEEE ELECTRON DEVICES SOCIETY

A team of six Leti scientists won the IEEE Electron Devices Society’s 2014 Paul Rappaport Award at the IEDM Plenary 2015 for their paper on advanced CMOS technology. The paper, “Top-Down Fabrication of Epitaxial SiGe/Si Multi-(Core/Shell) p-FET Nanowire Transistors", appeared in the April 2014 issue of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. 

Team members were Sylvain Barraud, Jean-Michel Hartmann, Virginie Maffini-Alvaro, Lucie Tosti, Vincent Delaye and Dominique Lafond.
LETI AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WIN BEST PAPER AWARD AT ECOC 2015

Jean-Marc Fedeli co-authored the paper "Monolithic Integrated Reflective Polarization Diversity SOI-based Slot-Blocker for Fast Reconfigurable 128 Gb/s and 256 Gb/s Optical Networks", which won the award in memory of Prof. Harm Dorren at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) 2015.

Other authors were G. de Valicourt, S. Chandrasekhar, J.H. Sinsky, C-M Chang, Y.K. Chen, M.A. Mestre, Y. Pointurierand S. Bigo, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent; L. Bramerie, J-C Simon, Foton, Université Européenne de Bretagne; L. Vivien,
Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale; and A. Shen, A. Le Liepvre and G.H. Duan, III-V Lab.

SIMON DELEONIBUS: A PIONEERING CAREER IN NANOTECHNOLOGY 

Simon Deleonibus, former director of Leti’s Components and Technology Division, was selected Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in 2015. The award recognizes the scientific breakthroughs and achievements that distinguished his long career. 
Early in his career, he co-invented a contact-plug technology principle. In its tungsten version, this improved the speed and reduced the costs of microprocessors. It is currently used as a standard process by the microelectronics industry.
In 1999, with his team at Leti’s Electronic Nanodevices Laboratory, he produced the smallest transistor in the world and his laboratory pioneered numerous process modules enabling and anticipating future miniaturization of integrated circuits.
He was awarded the 2005 French Technologies Academy Grand Prix, an annual award granted to an engineer for "major innovation, development and proof of usability by the industry".
In 2006, Simon Deleonibus was named Fellow by the IEEE for his contributions to nanoscale CMOS device technology.