Partner n° 6 – CEA (France)

CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation. Drawing on its excellence in fundamental research, its activities cover three main areas: Energy, Information and Health Technologies, and Defence and Security. As a prominent player in the European Research Area, with an internationally acknowledged level of expertise in its core competencies, CEA is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.

Within CEA Technological Research Division, three institutes lead researches in order to increase the industrial competitiveness through technological innovation and transfers: the CEA-LETI, focused on microelectronics, information & healthcare technologies, the CEA-LIST dedicated to technologies for digital systems, and the CEA-LITEN centred on new energy technologies.

The CEA-LETI is focused on micro and nanotechnologies and their applications, from wireless devices and systems, to biology and healthcare or photonics. Nanoelectronics and Microsystems (MEMS) are at the core of its silicon activities. As a major player in the MINATEC innovation campus, CEA-LETI operates 8,000-m² state-of-the-art clean rooms, on 24/7 mode, on 200mm and 300mm wafer standards. With 1,200 employees, CEA-LETI trains more than 150 Ph.D. students and hosts 200 assignees from partner companies. Strongly committed to the creation of value for the industry, CEA-LETI puts a strong emphasis on intellectual property and owns more than 1,400 patent families.

The Design Architectures & Embedded Software Division (DACLE division), common to CEA-LETI and CEA-LIST, gathers more than 200 people focusing on RF, digital and SoC, design for image, design environment and embedded software. Researchers perform work for both internal clients and outside customers, including Nokia, STMicroelectronics, NEC, Atmel, Sofradir, Ulis, MicroOLED, Sagem, Trixell, Siemens Medical Systems, Kalray, Delphi, and Airbus.

Key personnel to be involved:

Romain Lemaire received the Electronic Engineering Diploma from the Superior School of Electricity (Supelec, France) in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, in 2006. He joined CEA-LETI in 2006, as research engineer in digital design and system architecture. His main research interests cover Network-on-Chip architectures, Network Interface design, dynamic on-chip reconfigurability and distributed application control. He is currently involved in various projects to develop NoC-based platform for telecom and image processing applications.