May 7th, 2012
CEA-Leti and III-V lab reports successful results
The partnership has leveraged the expertise of the different players in silicon, microelectronics and heterogeneous integration.
CEA-Leti and III-V lab, a joint lab of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, Thales Research and Technology and CEA Leti, today reports successful results of the III-V Lab activities after a year. The enlarged partnership in III-V is developing researches for applications in telecoms, industrial control, environmental testing, defence, security and space. The new public-private partnership has combined III-V semiconductor and silicon technologies which are opening up new research perspectives and dynamics.
In an effort to bring the performance benefits of III-V components on to silicon CMOS platforms, the partnership leverages the different expertise and knowhow of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, Thales Research and Technology and CEA-Leti in silicon, microelectronics and heterogeneous integration, to bring specific benefits on four primary areas of research and markets. After a year, the III-V Lab has already enabled the rapid development of a common platform for dual-use optoelectronic and microelectronic technology. CEA-Leti and III-V lab are able to unveil the first results:
- Integrated photonic circuits that gather the active and passive functions of III-V and silicon for high-speed telecommunications and data transfer. For the first time, a tunable laser source has been integrated on silicon, which represents a key milestone towards fully integrated transceivers. CEA-Leti and III-V lab have now made a significant breakthrough in its development by integrating on the same chip complex devices such as a fully integrated transmitter working above 10Gb/s or a tunable single wavelength laser.
- Thermal and near-infrared imagery for security and defence applications. The III-V lab is currently developing new types of detectors with increased resolution while reducing overall cost and speeding their adoption in the industrial-quality control, transportation and environmental markets.
- The III-V lab is developing a new generation of cost-effective, compact, ultra-sensitive, highly-selective gas sensors for use in security, industrial process control, and environmental monitoring.
- The enlarged partnership in III-V is working on High-power and microwave GaN-based microelectronics to increase the power density, robustness, energy efficiency and compactness of telecommunication, avionics, satellite, defence, energy and transport systems
The partnership in III-V also demonstrated single wavelength tunable lasers, with 21mA threshold at 20°C, a 45nm tuning range and side mode suppression ratio larger than 40 dB over the tuning range.
“We have a great opportunity to work together to achieve our goals,” explained Salvatore Cinà, Deputy Head of the Optoelectronics Department at CEA-Leti. “After a year, the partnership brings some exciting cooperation opportunities. We are proud and pleased to see that our cooperation has already made an important impact in optical telecommunications, providing several innovative breakthroughs.”
Leti is an institute of CEA, a French research-and-technology organization with activities in energy, IT, healthcare, defence and security. Leti is focused on creating value and innovation through technology transfer to its industrial partners. It specializes in nanotechnologies and their applications, from wireless devices and systems, to biology, healthcare and photonics. NEMS and MEMS are at the core of its activities. An anchor of the MINATEC campus, CEA-Leti operates 8,000-m² of state-of-the-art clean room space on 200mm and 300mm wafer platforms. It employs 1,400 scientists and engineers and hosts more than 190 Ph.D. students and 200 assignees from partner companies. CEA-Leti owns more than 1,700 patent families. For more information, visit www.leti.fr.
About III-V Lab
III-V Lab is an industrial Research Laboratory created in 2004 by Alcatel-Lucent and Thales, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs is one of the leaders in communication technologies (mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies), applications and services, while Thales is a major electronic systems company acting in areas such as defence, aerospace, airlines security and safety, information technology, and transportation. In 2010, III-V Lab was extended with the entrance of the “Laboratoire d’Electronique et de Technologie de l’Information” (LETI) from CEA in the capital, as well as 20 people from the LETI, opening the way to hybrid III-V on Si integration. CEA is one of the largest public research organisations in France, acting mainly in the fields of low carbon energies, information technologies, health technologies, large research infrastructures and global security.Under the guidance of its members, III-V Lab conducts R&D activities in the field of micro/nano-electronics and photonics semiconductor components for different application: telecoms, defence, security, safety, space etc.
Located on 2 sites near Paris (Marcoussis and Palaiseau), its facilities include 4,000 m2 of clean rooms. Its staff is composed of around 100 permanent Researchers, plus around 25 PhD Students.
For more information, visit : http://www.3-5lab.fr/
About Bell Labs
Alcatel Lucent today is one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry, boasting more than 26,000 research and development experts worldwide, representing a combined R&D investment of Euro 2.5 billion, and a portfolio of over 27,900 active patents. At the core of this innovation is Alcatel-Lucent's research, which includes the world-renowned Bell Labs, providing Alcatel-Lucent with an innovation engine of 850 researchers. at the forefront of research into areas such as multimedia, new service delivery architectures and platforms, wireless and wireline broadband access, packet and optical networking and transport, and fundamental research. Belll Labs is well-known for inventions that shaped telecommunications networks of the 20th Century – the transistor, laser, DSL, UNIX, DWDM and MIMO, and continues to focus its research on innovations that will define communications in the 21st Century. In particular, Bell Labs invents technologies that enable us to gain market advantage, help our customers to meet their business objectives and deliver benefit to society. Bell Labs scientists conduct research at eight Bell Labs facilities around the globe: Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, South Korea and the U.S. For more information, visit : http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/wps/portal/BellLabs
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2010, the company generated revenues of €13.1 billion with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners. More information : http://www.thalesgroup.com
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