ASYNC 2006

12th IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems

March 13-15, 2006, Grenoble, France
About Grenoble
  GRENOBLE, an attractive destination:
Grenoble is the capital of the French Alpes, located in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. On the touristic side, Grenoble is famous for alpine landscapes, sunshine and snow. Stendhal once wrote that “…there was a mountain at the end of each Grenoble street: Belledonne, Vercors and Chartreuse…”.
On the scientific side, Grenoble is often referred to as the place where the Silicon and SOI Valleys merge. Stendhal would certainly write today that “…there is research lab or high-tech place at the corner of each mountain.”. A number of advanced R&D centres and leading semiconductor fabs are scattered around Grenoble. Application oriented research is blooming, its roots being the dense network of laboratories dedicated to basic research. World class institutes (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, CEA, CNRS, High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Neutron ILL reactor, etc...) are surrounded by numerous smaller, yet outstanding University and CNRS laboratories.
Grenoble is one of the major university towns in France: over 61 000 students representing about 10% of the population of the greater Grenoble area. Grenoble is understandably proud of its academic and scientific environment, with a long tradition of partnership between research and industry.

  GRENOBLE, a major european R&D centre:
With a solid industrial network, from multinationals to innovating start-ups, and an outstanding scientific and technological environment, Grenoble is a major, world-wide centre for electronics, information and communications technology. The technical expertise and the synergy between the university, research and industry contributes to the successful image of Grenoble area.
Grenoble is located in the the Rhône-Alpes region, the second most important in France in economic and scientific terms. Three sectors account for 27.000 jobs in industry and research.

Microelectronics:
Grenoble-Isère is the leading European centre for microelectronics on account of its integrated circuit technology and research. There are many examples illustrating the vitality and sophistication of the microelectronics activity in Grenoble area.
In 1992, STMicroelectronics, LETI-CEA and France Telecom R&D have pooled their deep sub-micronic technology research resources, with prototyping and production centred in Crolles. A new 300 mm wafer fab has opened in 2003. In 2002, Freescale (Motorola) joined Philips and STMicroelectronics R&D alliance for 90- to 32-µm processes for 300-mm wafers.
SOITEC is the world leader in the fabrication of SOI wafers (Smart-Cut process).
An active network of public research laboratories reporting to CNRS, INPG and UJF (CEPES, IMEP, LCIS, LMGP, LTM, TIMA, ...) and infrastructures for research and education (CIME and CMP), contributes to advanced projects and new concepts.
MINATEC has the ambition to become Europe's top centre for innovation and expertise in micro and nanotechnology. It is one of the few sites in the world to possess sufficient scientific, technological and industrial resources to achieve this objective. MINATEC will take form by developing cooperation networks and strategic alliances with complementary centres of excellence in France and elsewhere in the world. Opening: early 2006.

Computer industry:
The computer industry comprises computer manufacturers and software developers. Grenoble is well represented in the network and telecommunications business, thanks to several major groups, numerous dynamic start-ups and several important research centres (Hewlett-Packard, Bull, Cap Gemini, Sun Microsystems, Rank Xerox, INRIA) and universities (INPG and UJF). Multimedia and knowledge servers, dedicated technologies for mobile computing and software development, particularly for healthcare, make Grenoble one of the leading centres in Europe, for both industry and research.

Electronics:
Grenoble stands out in four fields:
• automation and industrial control systems, with Schneider Electric, Honeywell, Jay Electronics,
• the passive components industry with Radiall which manufactures coaxial connectors and cables, as well as components for optical fibre networks,
• surface-mounted components, produced by SCI France, in partnership with HP,
• and, finally, tubes and screens with Thomson ITE, the world leader in this field.
In addition, Grenoble universities have developed numerous industrial partnerships in power electronics and imaging.

  Grenoble, tourist information:
Grenoble is a city rich in art and culture thanks to its many illustrious sons. Among them: Stendhal, the author of the well known novel “The Red and the Black”; Champollion, Egyptologist and decipherer of hieroglyphics; and Vaucanson, the inventor of the modern day robot.
As the capital of the "Dauphiné", a former province, Grenoble has an exceptional geographic setting. Mountain and lake sites are remarkable for their sheer beauty dated back to Roman times. While winter season is mostly dedicated to skiing and snow pleasures, the summer and fall offer a variety of sporting activities: mountain walking, biking and hiking, rafting, canoeing, golf, tennis, etc. There are also many historical and cultural spots to be taken advantage of, for example the international Museum of Fine Arts, which deserves a visit.
Grenoble offers a wealth of opportunities for excursions and week-end extensions. On one hand, Grenoble is close to Switzerland, Chamonix Mont Blanc, Italy, and the Mediterranean “Côte d’Azur”. On the other hand, one hour drive is sufficient to reach outstanding vineyards of Côtes du Rhône, Burgundy and Beaujolais.
In 1968, Grenoble was host to the Winter Olympics, whereas in 1992 the Olympics were organized 30 minutes away (Albertville).

Source: Economic development agency of Isère (AEPI).


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