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CEA-LETI, the Laboratory for Electronics and Information Technology is operated by "Direction de la Recherche Technologique" at CEA, the French Atomic Energy Commission. It mainly aims at helping companies to increase their competitiveness through technological innovation and transfer of its technical know-how to industry. Major player in the MINATEC Micro-Nano technologies innovation center, CEA-LETI benefits from 8000 m2 state-of-the-art clean rooms, with equipments worth some 160 million euros. It is currently employing some 1600 people among whom 1100 CEA employees and co-workers of various status including 100 people from industrial partners, working in the CEA-LETI premises within the framework of bilateral collaborations. Overall, research contracts with industry are worth 75% of CEA-LETI annual income. It has a very important patents portfolio, and filed last year more than 200 patents and 700 publications. The laboratory is structured into six departments, with a specific department operating 24-7 the technological facilities of the silicon technology platform, and five program-oriented departments covering the fields of microelectronics, microsystems, optronics, sytem design and telco, and technologies for bio and health.
CEA-LETI has more than 80 projects in progress and participates as coordinator in several areas: new energy technologies, telecom, photonics, nanoelectronics, beyond CMOS. The Digital Communications Lab is involved in research activities concerning radio communication systems (B3G and 4G systems, short-range radio and wireless sensor networks, opportunistic radio, etc.) and signal processing applied to digital communications. Since the past few years the laboratory has been intensively involved in the definition, participation and coordination of several French and European projects.
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Acteur majeur de la recherche, du développement et de l'innovation, le CEA intervient dans quatre grands domaines : énergies bas carbone, défense et sécurité, technologies pour l’information et technologies pour la santé.