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CEA Tech Leti
CEA Tech Leti
Grenoble cedex 9, France

CEA Tech Leti


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. In addition to Leti’s 1,700 employees, there are more than 250 students involved in research activities, which makes Leti a mainspring of innovation expertise. Leti’s portfolio of 1,880 families of patents helps strengthen the competitiveness of its industrial partners.

LETI technologies that have become commercial products include:
  • load sensors for Terraillon
  • airbag impact sensors for Freescale Semiconductor
  • night vision sensors and camera imagers for Nokia mobile phones
  • low-power consumption processors for STMicroelectronics
  • rapid bird-flu analysis equipment
  • X-ray digital imaging sensors
  • ...
From startups to world leaders
Highly active in business creation, Leti is one of the most prolific research institutes in the world in terms of technology startups; for example, SOITEC, SOFRADIR, ULIS, MOVEA, Apix Technology, Heliodel...
World-class research infrastructures
For research that meets the needs of industry as fully as possible, Leti has established unique technological resources, including a nanocharacterization platform and 300mm and 200mm lines for nanoelectronics and MEMS, 3D integration, in 8,000 m² of clean rooms.   See Innovation platforms
A major player in France with a global presence
LETI, along with 32 other research institutes, makes up the network of Instituts Carnot, working closely with manufacturers to foster innovation and economic development. LETI has forged close partnerships all over the world, forming the Heterogeneous Technology Alliance with Fraunhofer (DE), CSEM (CH) and VTT (FI), creating the NanoVLSI Alliance with Caltech, partnering with IBM and ST in nanoelectronics, and joining forces with the Micromachine Center in Japan. See Our partners
Key figures :
  • 1,880 patents
  • 40 % under license
  • 1700 researchers
  • 270 PhD students
  • + 30 post PhDs
  • 50 start-ups & sppin-offs
  • 47 common laboratories with industrial partners
  • 365 industrial partners
  • 250 M€ budget
  • >75 % from contracts
  • ~ 30 M€ CapEx