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The MINATEC innovation campus and the IRT NanoElec technology research institute provide the local ecosystem with access to advanced research capabilities. Another major project, Nano2017, is being driven by manufacturers. Silicon Europe brings together Europe’s five leading clusters for electronics, microelectronics, and nanoelectronics. All of these major infrastructure project share one thing: They demonstrate local micro- and nanoelectronics stakeholders’ capacity to work actively together to push the industry forward.
Established under the French government’s massive economic stimulus package, the IRT NanoElec technology research institute will focus on information and communication technologies, rolling out an ambitious research and technology transfer program designed to directly benefit businesses of all sizes—and especially SMBs—across all industries.
IRT NanoElec’s members draw on Grenoble’s legendary innovation ecosystem to conduct global-caliber R&D designed to pave the way for the new features expected of tomorrow’s nanoelectronics and develop new products and applications leveraging object-to-object connectivity. IRT NanoElec will also devote substantial efforts to creating training programs to feed the talent pipeline these industries will require in the future.
IRT NanoElec represents total investment of €460 million over ten years, half of which is from the private sector, and is running three main programs: the Core Technology Program, with a budget of €310 million; the Technology Transfer Program, with a budget of €70 million; and the Training Program, with a budget of €50 million.
MINATEC brings together on a single campus 2,400 researchers, 1,200 students, and 600 technology-transfer and manufacturing professionals. The 20-hectare campus boasts some of the most advanced equipment anywhere, including 10,000 sq. m of clean rooms. MINATEC is unique in Europe and ranks among the world’s leading centers for micro- and nanotechnology research.
Silicon Europe is Europe’s largest inter-cluster alliance, with a membership of 800 research centers and businesses representing more than 150,000 jobs across Europe. The 36-month project was granted €2.7 million in funding by the European Commission. The Rhône-Alpes Region is represented by the Grenoble-Isère Economic Development Agency, Minalogic, and the City of Grenoble.
The following clusters are part of the alliance:
The Nano2017 micro- and nanoelectronics project represents total investment of €3.5 billion.
In July 2013, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced that €600 million in government funding would be allocated to the €3.5-billion Nano2017 project spearheaded by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), STMicroelectronics, and local partners. The program aims to make breakthrough advances in the nanotechnologies and their applications by 2017. Nanoelectronics is a Key Enabling Technology (KET) currently used in a broad array of industrial and consumer applications to address some of society’s greatest challenges, and competition among the world’s five leading nanoelectronics clusters is fierce.
Today, STMicroelectronics and Leti, a laboratory of the CEA, possess unrivalled know-how in FD-SOI production—a decisive advantage for the most advanced digital and mobile applications for nanoelectronics. The Nano2017 project will solidly anchor the partners’ leadership position in a strategic industry with the power to drive economic growth and create jobs.
The French government’s pledge to support the project must be confirmed by the European Commission before the funds can be released.
To know more about Electronics & Micro-nanoelectronics, please download our publications of the sector (pdf)