Leti to demonstrate consumer technology at CES 2016

Dec. 15, 2015

Grenoble, France. CEA-Leti, an applied-research institute for microelectronics, will demonstrate at CES 2016 three disruptive innovations, including ultra-high-brightness, augmented-reality glasses and extremely high-speed wireless data transmission between mobile devices as well as the world’s first TV white-space modem that limits interference in adjacent spectrum bands.

The three demonstrations at Eureka Park in the Sands hotel mark Leti’s first formal participation at CES and reflect the institute’s growing focus on applied technologies for consumer-market solutions.

Leti will present the following demonstrations:

  • DiamonDisplay, the world’s brightest augmented-reality display with the first demonstrator of a high-density micro-LED array that is scalable to a standard microelectronic large-scale fabrication process. This micro-LED display provides brightness that is 100 to 1,000 times higher than current micro displays, enables very high definition very sharp contrast in daylight, and is suitable for compact, lighter products that consume less power.
  • G-Link, a low-power, wireless connection that enables ultra-high-speed transfer of gigabits of data between two devices a few centimeters apart. For consumers it provides a wireless connection between two mobile devices to share, for example, HD videos, between a movie camera and a video display, or between a kiosk and a tablet to download HD videos. G-Link uses a very compact and low-cost package, integrating the entire system, including antennas. The second generation will be available in 2016 and will provide increased data rate (5 Gb/s) at lower power consumption (50 mW).
  • TV White Space modem, the world’s first wide-area, wireless technology based on the IEEE 1900.7 standard, providing high-speed Internet service over long-distances from just one access point. Leti’s demonstration shows a new wireless-network solution that uses adjacent spectrum bands to provide broad coverage indoors and out: up to 64-km range in open spaces. The technology can help reduce the digital divide by providing broadband access in underserved rural areas.

“Leti is well known in the industry as a strategic partner for companies that come to us to help them apply tomorrow’s microelectronic technologies in their products, ranging from consumer markets to biotech, security, transportation, and the Internet of Things,” said Leti CEO Marie Semeria. “But we also encourage our teams to imagine how our expertise can enhance consumers’ quality of life. This focus on innovation is a pillar of Leti’s successful startup program, and these demonstrators provide a sample of the results.”

Three recent Leti startups also will demonstrate technologies at Eureka Park:

  • Aryballe Technologies will show the diversity of its biochemical sensors in a universal detector able to identify several thousand odors listed in olfactory-signature databases. Its first product is a portable odor-detection device, Neosmia, for people with smell disorders.
  • eLichens develops services and miniaturized sensors for consumers and professionals to detect, monitor, and predict air quality. The sensors continuously measure the CO, CO2 or CH4 values in local ambient air.
  • The AirBoard is an Arduino-compatible, wireless, open-source computer for rapidly prototyping smart connected objects for the Internet of Things.

Leti has launched more than 50 startups over the years. These include Movea, the motion-sensing company that was acquired by InvenSense; iskn, a digitized sketching-tool provider; and BeSpoon, whose tracking chips use cell phones to locate within a few centimeters common items such as keys, even from hundreds of meters away.

BeSpoon and EnerBee, a Leti startup that specializes in motion-based energy harvesting, also will exhibit in Eureka Park.

Leti will be part of the French Tech delegation at CES and will be one of 34 participants in Minalogic’s first joint collective mission of the new region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.

Leti’s team will be available to discuss the demonstrators and provide more information on the institute and its startup program at booth # 81333 in Eureka Park.


About the Author

Rick Nelson | Contributing Editor

Rick is currently Contributing Technical Editor. He was Executive Editor for EE in 2011-2018. Previously he served on several publications, including EDN and Vision Systems Design, and has received awards for signed editorials from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He began as a design engineer at General Electric and Litton Industries and earned a BSEE degree from Penn State.

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