Minalogic today announced that six of its innovation projects have been selected for funding by the French government's Single Interministerial Fund during the Fund's 12th call for proposals. The selected projects represent a total R&D investment of €37.2 million, including €12.4 million from national and local governments and ERDF grants.
Since Minalogic was founded in 2005, 185 research and development projects have been certified, including 73 by the Single Interministerial Fund. Total R&D spending for the projects is nearly €585 million.
"The excellent performance of Minalogic projects in the 12th call for proposals again illustrates the crucial role that micro and nanotechnology and embedded systems will play in healthcare and environmental protection going forward. The results also reflect the Rhône-Alpes region's vibrant economy and infinite capacity for innovation," said Minalogic Chief Representative Jean Chabbal. "Minalogic is today a key resource for innovative SMEs, providing them with the support they need to form R&D partnerships, apply for grants, and secure financing."
The six selected Minalogic projects
COSIRIX: Innovative systems and components for surgical x-ray radiology
The COSIRIX project will develop a new generation of x-ray radiology detectors for medical applications. The new detectors will mark a significant step forward in terms of radiological image resolution and speed, while reducing patient and practitioner exposure to radiation. The fabrication process, based on monocrystalline silicon read circuits, will offer a substantial improvement in performance over the current amorphous silicon-based process.
Partners: Trixell (lead), Noesis, Pyxalis, CEA-Leti, and Université Claude Bernard (Lyon)
Budget: €12.9 million
DeMoSeN: Dense motion sensor network
The DeMoSeN project will focus on designing a low-cost motion sensing and measurement network equipped with a low-power radio system. This network will analyze movements holistically using multi-sensor technology with wireless communication between sensors via a Bluetooth Low Energy module. The project will respond to motion-sensor-driven market trends in fields like video gaming, medical systems, and user interfaces that require smaller, more accurate, energy-efficient, and easier-to-integrate sensors.
Partners: Movea (lead), Alpwise, and CEA-Leti
Budget: €1.9 million
MC+: Conductive materials with enhanced conductivity for wired applications
The MC+ project will improve the performance of electrical conductors by substantially increasing their conductivity without affecting the design or integration processes. This improvement will reduce the volume and mass of embedded cabling for aerospace and rail applications, resulting in indirect benefits like lower vehicle fuel consumption and emissions. This breakthrough should increase passenger capacity by 1%-2% and reduce the weight per axle for rail applications.
Budget: €4.2 million
Minalogic Green-certified; project co-certified by the Aerospace Valley and I-Trans clusters
OPTIPAT: Breakthrough optics for process analytical technology
The OPTIPAT project will develop an innovative system for analyzing manufacturing processes. This system will improve the control, monitoring, and understanding of processes-as well as the production cycle-in order to enhance both safety and quality. The system will use organic electronics to develop sensors that can be installed directly on manufacturing equipment, where they will measure the size and density of solid and liquid products during manufacturing. This project will target the agricultural, food processing, pharmaceutical, and water treatment industries.
Partners: Indatech (lead), Ondalys, Isorg, Sanofi-Aventis, Imeca, CEA-Liten, Armines, and CNRS-IUSTI
Budget: €3.1 million
Minalogic Green-certified; project co-certified by the Optitec cluster
SoC-Trace: Multi-core SoC observability and debuggability
The microprocessors used in today's PCs, mobile phones, and enterprise servers are trending towards multi-core systems equipped with several processors operating in parallel. Because these multi-core systems handle such huge amounts of data-the equivalent of millions of events-, the effective design of such systems is a major technological challenge. The SoC-Trace project will develop software that can process the traces generated by multi-core systems in order to shorten the design cycle and improve engineers' productivity (thereby helping to secure local jobs). The infrastructure and basic software will be open-source with a view to making them an industry standard.
Partners: STMicroelectronics Crolles (lead), Probayes, Magillem Design Services, STMicroelectronics Grenoble, Université Joseph Fourier, and INRIA Rhône-Alpes
Budget: €8.7 million
TEXTULED: Textured substrate for LEDs and next-generation etching equipment
The TEXTULED project will aim to characterize and improve the technology used in the high-brilliance LED industry (substrates, equipment, and systems). The goal will be to develop immediately-operational solutions offering a demonstrated competitive advantage by improving LED light yields for applications ranging from automobiles (headlights) to public and domestic lighting.
Partners: Corial (lead), Adixen Vacuum Products, RSA Le Rubis, and CEA-Leti
Budget: €3.3 million
Minalogic Green-certified; project co-certified by the Arve Industries cluster