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With a staff of approximately 2000 people, the Research and Technology department of CEA is one of the major applied research laboratories in Europe. CEA devotes about 85% of this activity to finalized research with external partners. One of its main vocations is to help companies to increase their
competitiveness through innovation and research-to-industry technological transferring.

LETI is one of the laboratories of the Technological Research Division of CEA.


With more than 1000 experts in the field of microelectronics and microtechnologies, its mission is to successfully complete technological research programs aiming at developing new processes, new components and new smart systems with a view to transfer to industry. The LETI activities relies on a set of technological platforms (microelectronics, microsystems, optronic components and multimedia) structured around extensive resources (10 000 m2 of clean rooms,). CEA-LETI has also an active patent policy (portfolio of more than 500 active patents, and more than 200 filings / year) with a licensing of its technologies as well as an active dissemination policy with more than 700 publications / year. The CEA-LETI, which is actively engaged in research work extending from conceptual design of systems to pre-industrial prototypes, contributes to the transfer of technology and encourages innovation, particularly by assisting the emergence of new businesses.

The System Design and Integration Department (DSIS) develops know-how in integrated circuit design and skills in development of systems and prototyping applied to the areas of telecommunications, communicating objects and components security. The LETI hosts component security specialists both in the technological area (micro packaging) and in architecture and design of secured digital components (asynchronous logic, non-volatile memories, SOC, NOC, ultra-low power radiofrequency transmission, etc.). Moreover, the LETI operates an ITSEF (Information Technology Security Evaluation Facility) laboratory, specialized in security evaluation of electronic components within the framework of public schemes such as Common Criteria and private schemes such as EMVCo. This ITSEF is specialized in top level components and evaluations: smartcards, HSM, ... at the EAL4+ and EAL5+ Common Criteria evaluation levels. References can be found on the French Certification Body web site (http://www.ssi.gouv.fr) or on the Common Criteria portal (http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org). CEA-LETI is the only laboratory in France licensed to perform Biometrics Common Criteria evaluations.

CEA-LETI is involved in many EU FP6 and FP7 projects, as coordinator or partner (SENSEI, ORACLE, 4MORE, FIREWORKS, ROCKET, UNITE, CODIV, SECRICOM). They deal with the network of the future and security, from sensor networks to advanced mobile networks. In the field of secure components, CEA-LETI is also involved in various CATRENE/ENIAC programs (TOISE for example). CEA-LETI is also a partner of the BEAT (Biometrics evaluation and Testing) project and is workpackage leader in this project for the standardization activities.