Located in Grenoble, France, a renowned global hub for research and innovation in microelectronics, IRTs Nanoelec conducts research and development in the field of information and communication technologies and, specifically, micro and nanoelectronics.
IRTs Nanoelec leverages Grenoble’s proven innovation ecosystem to create the technologies that will power the nanoelectronics of tomorrow, drive new product development, and inspire new applications—like the Internet of Things—for existing technologies. IRTs Nanoelec’s unique organization—designed to keep pace with fast-changing markets—offers its partners a more agile model than traditional public-private R&D partnerships.
In addition to its R&D activities, IRTs Nanoelec runs a technology transfer program set up to ensure that the innovations developed directly benefit businesses—especially small and mid-sized businesses—in all industries. IRTs Nanoelec also offers educational and training programs to develop the micro and nanoelectronics competencies businesses will need to remain competitive on tomorrow’s global markets.
Over the coming years, the entire integrated-circuit value chain will be transformed by breakthrough innovations in microelectronics. And the R&D conducted at IRTs Nanoelec will provide early insight into how emerging technologies—like 3D integration and photonics-on-silicon—will affect integrated circuits. By 2020 these technologies, which are complementary to today’s CMOS technologies, will represent huge market potential, opening the door to enhanced integrated circuit features and performance.
RT Nanoelec officially launched on April 11, 2012 and receives funding from the French government under the Investissements d’avenir economic stimulus package. Grenoble-based Leti, a research institute of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), is the IRTs Nanoelec project lead.
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> Micro and Nanoelectronics, a high-potential market
The micro and nanoelectronics market is expected to reach €500 billion by 2025, and will represent 12% of global GDP—as an example, the global automotive industry represents just 10%. The market for semiconductors for IT and multimedia applications alone is expected to be worth €300 billion per year. Other major market segments include electronic components for automotive (€100 billion), healthcare (€50 billion–€100 billion); and lighting (around €20 billion) applications.