GRENOBLE, France & LILLE, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CEA-Leti and Menapic, a French startup that enables physical characterization of thin films, today announced a joint-development program (JDP) to apply colored picosecond acoustics to materials analysis.
“With Leti’s high level of expertise in materials analysis and nanocharacterization, this program will position Menapic’s APiC technology for on-site utilization.”
Menapic’s coloured picosecond acoustics (APiC) technology is an innovative tool to characterize the mechanical properties of thin films. It reproduces the principle of sonar in nano-scaled structures: a spectroscopic pulsed-laser source is used to generate acoustic waves in thin-film stacks. By analysing the propagation of the acoustic pulse in the stack, APiC enables the characterization of each layer. The JDP with Leti is designed to extend the use of this technology in the microelectronics industry and thin-materials analysis.
“Colored picosecond acoustics fits the mechanical characterization requirements that have accompanied the trends in scaling and increasing complexity of integrated electronics,” said Patrick Emery, Menapic’s president. “With Leti’s high level of expertise in materials analysis and nanocharacterization, this program will position Menapic’s APiC technology for on-site utilization.”
Adding colored picosecond acoustics to Leti’s advanced characterization techniques aligns with its technology roadmaps.
“This new equipment will complete the unique offer in terms of materials analysis available in the world-class nanocharacterization platform (PFNC) at MINATEC campus,” said Narciso Gambacorti, Leti’s nanocharacterization program manager. “Menapic’s experience in materials analysis and colored picosecond acoustics technology, in particular, will accelerate the introduction of this technique at 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. 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 1,700 scientists and engineers
including 240 Ph.D. students and 200 assignees from partner companies.
CEA-Leti owns more than 1,880 patent families.
For more information, visit www.leti.fr.
Menapic, a French startup based in Lille, France, enables physical
characterization of thin films with its patented APiC (colored
picosecond acoustics) technology and pre-industrialization
characterization equipment. Primarily focused on mechanical-properties
characterization at the sub-micron scale, the company serves the
semiconductor, glass and microtechnics markets. Applications range from
micro- and nanotechnologies to surface functionalization. Menapic is
actively involved in R&D partnerships, including a joint-development
program with CEA-Leti to extend the use of its APiC technology in
microelectronics and thin-materials analysis.